Hugh Tracey D Treble


The original Hugh Tracey 17-Note Treble Kalimba, tuned to D and painted “Alto-style” – read more to understand why.

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Choose the color of the painted tines, or take "Soonest Available" or "Unpainted."
The D Treble can be tuned to C, Db, D, Eb, or E major.
You can explicitly ask for blond or part blond wood on the alto kalimba.
This tiny hammer will help you achieve more accurate tine tuning, and will elminate finger pain from tuning "by hand". A win-win for sure.
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The crystal clear singing voice of the treble, but set up to love to play in the minor scale. Musically versatile.

Another step in kalimba evolution – this is the sister kalimba to the Bb Treble. The tines are painted just as the 15-note Alto, but the two extra notes are at the bottom, below the root note D. So, tines 3 through 17 are painted just as the Alto’s tines 1-15. If you are familiar with the Alto, this kalimba will be a snap for you!

Listen to this sound clip:

D Treble Kalimba

There is a fair bit of key flexibility on these – I can tune them to Db, D, Eb, or E, and the kalimba will cover two octaves plus two more notes at the bottom. By the way, the bass note is now the root of the relative minor – the relative minor to D major being B minor, which will be an important factor in how this kalimba is used.

Why is the D Treble a good idea? If you need a 17-note high quality kalimba in the key of Db, D, Eb, or E, 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.

If you are interested in the keys of A, Bb, B, or C, see our Bb-tuned treble.? If you are interested in the keys of E, F, F#, G, or G#, the Hugh Tracey Alto kalimba can be tuned to these keys.

The D Treble kalimba is 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.

Learn more about the D Treble Kalimba.

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Weight 1.2 lbs
Dimensions 5.5 × 8 × 1.9 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.