Hugh Tracey Celeste Alto


This kalimba’s notes are just like the 15-note ALTO Kalimba, but the tines are mounted on a flat kiaat wood sounding board instead of the resonating box. Great for small hands.

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Most people (90%) want the Standard G Tuning (Alto books presume this tuning). You can check out the alternative Alto tunings.
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While the regular Alto kalimba is not recommended for small hands, this board-mounted Alto kalimba is! Highly capable.

This instrument is played just like the 15-note alto Kalimba, but it lacks the resonant box. Consequently, it sounds even more like an antique music box than does the alto kalimba. The small sound board is well-suited for small hands or children. The small board also permits using the right index finger up-stroke method typically used in mbira playing. A nice trick to increase the volume is to hold it against a window or a table as a sounding board.

Listen to these sound clips:

Celeste Alto, G Major

Celeste Alto, G minor

You can find information about the Alto on the“How to Play” the Alto Kalimba Page.

Additional information

Weight 0.9 lbs
Dimensions 5.5 × 8 × 1.4 in



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.