Duncan-Tuned Alto Kalimba


This Alto kalimba is set up in the way that Cornelius Duncan sets his up: in a B minor Hexatonic tuning!

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This instrument is a standard Hugh Tracey Alto Kalimba, with optional pickup, but tuned to the Duncan tuning, used by Cornelius Duncan for almost 40 years, and on Poncho Sanchez’ new CD “Trane’s Delight”.

You can set up your Hugh Tracey Alto kalimba in this tuning yourself, or you can send your old 15-note Alto kalimba to us and we’ll put it into the Duncan tuning for $10. If you prefer to keep your Alto songs, keep your old Alto in the standard tuning and get a new Duncan-tuned Alto kalimba from us.

Learn more about Cornelius Duncan. Learn more about the Cornelius Duncan-tuned kalimba.

When you purchase a new Duncan-tuned Alto Kalimba, it will, by default, come without a pickup. You can add the optional pickup for $12. We will also send you a link to the 50-page instructional PDF download teaching you how to learn to play the Duncan-tuned Alto kalimba. And you get to decide – painted tines or not?

In addition, we will set aside 10% of your purchase price and send that along to Cornelius Duncan for having made this tuning famous.

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Weight 1.4 lbs
Dimensions 6.5 × 9 × 2.2 in


The “Duncan-tuned Alto” is a Hugh Tracey Alto kalimba in a special tuning. It’s music is simply enchanting.

Mark Holdaway

Mark Holdaway

Mark Holdaway has been playing kalimba for over 30 years. He invented his kalimba tablature in 2004, and has been writing books and instructional materials for kalimba ever since. His business, Kalimba Magic, is based on the simple proposition that the kalimba is a real musical instrument capable of greatness. See answered questions.