Hugh Tracey B flat Treble Kalimba + PU
The crystal clear singing Bb Treble, with an electronic pickup (PU) installed.
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.
This model has the piezo-electric pickup mounted inside, just plug in a 1/4 inch jack and you can be loud and crazy too.
Listen to this sound clip:
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. The Alto kalimba can be tuned to keys E, F, F#, G, G# and A.
Any tablature written for the Alto will work for any of these kalimbas, so purchase the Alto book to learn.
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.