Hugh Tracey B flat Treble


The original Hugh Tracey Treble Kalimba, tuned to Bb and painted “Alto-style” – read more to understand why.

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The Bb Treble can be tuned to A, Bb, B, or C major.
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You can explicitly ask for blond or part blond wood on the alto kalimba.
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The crystal clear singing voice of the treble, but laid out in a more sensible manner. Musically versatile.

These Treble kalimbas are tuned to have the root note be at the bottom, just like the ALTO kalimba, and the tines are painted accordingly – so there are 6 painted tines, just like the Alto, rather than the 5 painted tines of the Treble kalimba. So, it looks like an Alto with two extra notes, one on the far left and one on the far right.

Listen to this sound clip:

Bb Treble Kalimba

There is a fair bit of key flexibility on these – I can tune them to A, Bb, B, or C, and the kalimba will cover two octaves plus two more notes at the top.

If you want to find out more about the Bb Treble, go to read about why the Bb Treble is a good idea. The short answer: if you need a 17-note high quality kalimba in the key of A, Bb, B, or C, this is the kalimba for you. Or, if you are well versed on the Alto kalimba, this one kalimba will be a logical next step for you.

But the quick answer? Just listen to me playing Pacholbel’s Canon on my new favorite kalimba – the Bb Treble. Just as a harmonica player can play in any key once he has a harmonica in that key, so too will you be able to switch keys on the kalimba.

If you are interested in the keys of Db, D, Eb, or E, see our D-tuned treble. Also available with electronic pickup.

Any tablature written for the Alto kalimba will work, but the CDs that come with the Alto books will be in the wrong key. You can easily transpose any KTabS file for the Alto up to whichever key your kalimba is tuned to.

The Bb Treble Kalimba “reads” Alto Tablature. Learn more about the Bb Treble Kalimba.

Additional information

Weight 1.2 lbs
Dimensions 5.5 × 8 × 1.9 in


The Bb Treble is a versatile instrument capable of playing thousands of songs.  It can also be tuned to A, Bb, B, or C by pulling or pushing all tines a bit.


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.