Hugh Tracey Alto Kalimba + PU


The same great acoustic Hugh Tracey Alto Kalimba sound, but with an electronic pickup. Plug this into an amplifier with a standard guitar chord and WATCH OUT! Our best seller.

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The wonderful Alto kalimba, with an electronic pickup (PU) installed. If you imagine you might ever plug it into an amplifier, get the pickup.

The Hugh Tracey Alto Kalimba is the original kalimba made by African Musical Instruments in South Africa since 1954. Made from kiaat wood and high quality spring steel, this is a real musical instrument and is easy to play, not just a pretty coffee table ornament.

Now, the Alto Kalimba is available with an electric PICKUP, so you can play with drums or a band. Hear what the Hugh Tracey Alto Kalimba Sounds Like on EFFECTS! Cool, or over the top? You decide.

For 20 years, the Alto was my favorite of the Hugh Tracey Kalimbas. The large tines are easy to play, and the two octave setup from low G to high G is simple to understand. A truly beautiful instrument. I highly recommend this one to anyone who is serious about playing, anyone with some past musical experience, or anyone who wants something other than a beginner’s kalimba – though if you are a beginner, this kalimba can still work well for you.

Listen to these sound clips:

Alto Kalimba, Standard G tuning

Alto Kalimba, G minor tuning

Alto Kalimba, G Middle Eastern tuning

Alto Kalimba, Evil tuning

Also visit the Alto Resources Page to see the different books and downloads that are available to help you learn how to play this wonderful instrument.

Learn more about the Alto Kalimba.

Additional information

Weight 1.4 lbs
Dimensions 6.5 × 9 × 2.2 in

Alto Video

The Hugh Tracey Alto Kalimba is one of the most versatile and capable kalimbas out there – highly recommended. Add the electronic pickup, and you can plug in for all kinds of effects and amplification!


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.