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My Guido Bondi Oc's
Topic Started: 15 Apr 2017, 12:39 PM (77 Views)
Bobbie
ocarinas & etc
Years ago I inherited a full set of four Guidi Bondi ocarinas (soprano, alto, tenor, and bass).

They're painted exactly like the attached photo, with gold trim to a solid color.

My relative bought them in the late 1930s from a shop in Cincinati Ohio. From other threads here and here, I learned they were made by Italian immigrant Guide Bondi in northern Kentucky in the 1930s, 1940s, and possibly in the 1920s too.

I remember trying them years ago and concluding they were uninteresting toys or folk instruments, but now that I'm into playing oc's I'll try and find them in the basement. Might be fun to post a sound sample if I can find them. As I recall, they don't compare to modern instruments. They were airy and had limited range. Still, they're pretty cool as collector items. Their paint schemes were certainly attractive.
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Keep us updated if you find them! Those old Ocarinas don't always play well, but are certainly neat pieces of the instrument's history.
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