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The Obscure Ocarina Thread; More Love for the Less Known
Topic Started: 24 Aug 2009, 10:47 PM (37,812 Views)
DavidRamos
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No doubt there are certain makers on TON that get a lot of love. And there's a good chance that if you're on TON, you either own a Maparam, Focalink, STL(TNG), or all of the above!

But I'd like to shine some light on a few of the less known makers and their wonderful instruments. The other craftsmen who have spent years perfecting their ocarinas, yet people continue to pour their money into the more well known companies who can really afford to promote their products and have large customer bases already!

So here's what you do: List an ocarina or several ocarinas you have or you would like to have from less known makers around the world and tell us why you like them. The more obscure, the better. If it seems they have a large customer base or large online presence, try to highlight someone smaller.

Please do not list any ocarinas from Maparam, Focalink, or STL. I know this may be hard for certain TONians, but try to resist the urge :rofl:

If you need ideas, check out the Regional Focus section of the forum or the Ocarina Maker Index in my new book, The Ocarina Guide, listing over 30 makers and 55 ocarinas throughout the book.

Here's Mine...

Ogawa Alto C - http://www.fl-oca.com/eocarina.htm
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Quite possibly one of the greatest ocarinas ever made, lol. I love the look and the tone is absolutely gorgeous. This is what an ocarina is supposed to sound like XD It's a Type 1, but it actually has quite an impressive volume and is very expressive!


Peter Sloan 5 Hole Pendant- http://petersloan.ca
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Is this not one of the coolest ocarinas you've ever seen? :D
Edited by DavidRamos, 3 Sep 2009, 06:05 AM.
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Bateleur
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Meh.

I love the ocarinas from Byimyrza Bazaar in Kyrgyzstan!

LINK to TON thread



They make wonderful sculptural ocarinas of the 7-hole variety. I'd love to have any of their sculptural Ibex or Ram ocarinas. Sure, they have a somewhat limited range, but they're in-tune with concert pitch (as far as I can tell), and I believe that the sculptural qualities make it wonderful collectible material.
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Adam
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speckles
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I’ve been hypnotized

Mitya Kuznetsov's ocarinas

LINK (from an old post of mine)
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HieronRemade
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DavidRamos
24 Aug 2009, 10:47 PM
Ogawa Alto C - http://fl-oca.com/eocarina.htm
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Quite possibly one of the greatest ocarinas ever made, lol. I love the look and the tone is absolutely gorgeous. This is what an ocarina is supposed to sound like XD It's a Type 1, but it actually has quite an impressive volume and is very expressive!
Man I would love to get my hands on one of those...I've already got my heart set on getting a Focalink Double AC next so it will be a while before I can afford one. :(

Here's one - http://langleyocarinas.com/shop

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I don't have one but I think this guy makes some awesome looking pendants that sound beautiful!
Edited by HieronRemade, 25 Aug 2009, 01:48 AM.
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CommDante
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@DavidRamos
Pretty weird site, it actually needs the "www.": http://www.fl-oca.com/eocarina.htm
Getting a 404 without it.

I love the looks of that "Peter Sloan 5 Hole Pendant", it almost looks ancient. :love:
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Jhaemes
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wow

@ HieronRemade. If that's the "songstone" it isn't that good.
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David F.
Will make ocarinas for food!

look at these
found on the ogawa website

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Syche
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These things look like giant mud rocks but the sound is ridiculously amazing.

They have some pretty interesting harmony ocarinas, pretty nifty.
Edited by Syche, 25 Aug 2009, 10:22 PM.
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DavidRamos
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Syche
25 Aug 2009, 10:15 PM


These things look like giant mud rocks but the sound is ridiculously amazing.

They have some pretty interesting harmony ocarinas, pretty nifty.
Whoa. It sounds beautiful and it actually looks like a "Sweet Potato" :rofl:
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HieronRemade
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Wow that's ugly as crap but it sounds awesome!
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Veld
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STL's spearhea... Ti Amo ocarinas.
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I find their overall look very appealing

@HieronRemade:
I have an Alto D and recommend it :) John Langley's ocarinas aren't very expensive. Plus, he doesn't charge for shipping if you buy through his website.
Edited by Veld, 28 Aug 2009, 04:20 PM.
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Lynette255
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Syche
25 Aug 2009, 10:15 PM


These things look like giant mud rocks but the sound is ridiculously amazing.

They have some pretty interesting harmony ocarinas, pretty nifty.
Wow!!!! I would love more info. on these.
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Crowler
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Lynette255
28 Aug 2009, 04:57 PM
Syche
25 Aug 2009, 10:15 PM


These things look like giant mud rocks but the sound is ridiculously amazing.

They have some pretty interesting harmony ocarinas, pretty nifty.
Wow!!!! I would love more info. on these.
Likewise. I'd like to order one of these as a birthday present for someone, provided they don't cost a million-buhgillion dollars.
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Froogleyboy
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Hmm . . . on the Ogawa site, I cannot seem to find the catalog part, where I can buy them
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ubizmo


Syche
25 Aug 2009, 10:15 PM


These things look like giant mud rocks but the sound is ridiculously amazing.

They have some pretty interesting harmony ocarinas, pretty nifty.
I've been a subscriber to this guy's channel for some time. He plays a wide variety of obscure traditional Russian instruments, most of them with very striking sounds. I recommend his channel!

Ubizmo
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DavidRamos
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Here's another one I can't wait to get my hands on :D

Colombo Doppia (Double) - www.ClaCol.it
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I love how unique it looks compared to other doubles on the market. The color. The texture of the surface. And I hear they sound beautiful! It also reminds me of my Ogawa, lol.


Mod Note: Could we pin this topic so it doesn't get lost?

Edited by DavidRamos, 3 Sep 2009, 07:05 AM.
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Veld
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Awesome, David! But quite pricey.
I find it similar in aspect with Healing Ocarinas (I wish I had one):

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Elven Spellmaker
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== Cirno -- Opinionated Baka ==

Hmm I only know by Type A and B, what is Type 1?

I assume type A by what you are saying, which is the same breath pressure throughout.
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Panch
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3 Sep 2009, 01:56 PM
Hmm I only know by Type A and B, what is Type 1?

I assume type A by what you are saying, which is the same breath pressure throughout.
Zach Shih refers to Type 1 and 2 as Type A and B, respectively.
Types 1 and 2 have been the terminology used by the ocarina forum since OU days, if I recall correctly.
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Krešimir Cindrić


Panch, your ocarinas are all type 1, right? Even pressure throughout.

Do you have any plans to make type 2 ocarinas, those that require increasing breath pressure and sound louder on top notes?
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Panch
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3 Sep 2009, 03:35 PM
Panch, your ocarinas are all type 1, right? Even pressure throughout.

Do you have any plans to make type 2 ocarinas, those that require increasing breath pressure and sound louder on top notes?
Yeah, all type 1 so far. Those are what I'm best at, and what I enjoy listening to and playing most.

I've thought about extending my product range to type 2's too, though most likely this will only be done on request of the buyer after I have my site up and running. :)

I've also experimented with giving type 1's a strong volume and tone, too. These have the basic principles of a type one, but have a stronger and more characteristic sound.

Gah... with ocarinas, if you know what you're doing, there's so many unique and interesting tonal possibilities! I don't know which to choose!
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Glup
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Here's one I'm buying:
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It's a plastic Solist AC ocarina..
Solist's website
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Veld
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I don't know the brand, but it is VERY obscure. I found it on tngocarina.com

quad
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Panch
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Veld
3 Sep 2009, 04:15 PM
I don't know the brand, but it is VERY obscure. I found it on tngocarina.com

quad
WOW! Interesting! It's a bass quad that shares some visual similarities with Focalink's forte triple. The finish is interesting... it has a very plastic appearance reminiscent of school recorders... which I actually like! Pity the forth chamber doesn't look too much better than TNG's quad, but taking the angled natue of this design, it doesn't look as out-of-place. The fact that it's a bass means that it won't be overbearingly high, too!
Great find!
Edited by Panch, 3 Sep 2009, 04:27 PM.
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DavidRamos
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Veld
3 Sep 2009, 04:15 PM
I don't know the brand, but it is VERY obscure. I found it on tngocarina.com

quad
It's definitely an interesting find! I'd like to find out who made it :?
Edited by DavidRamos, 3 Sep 2009, 04:33 PM.
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► ♫ #1 Ocar - Rockstar! ♫ ◄
Veld
3 Sep 2009, 04:15 PM
I don't know the brand, but it is VERY obscure. I found it on tngocarina.com

quad
Woah! what's next a...a.. quin?
:triple: + :double: = Quin
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Veld
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http://www.ocarinachina.com/thread-380-1-1.html

There are also a lot of Focalinks there :think:
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DavidRamos
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Hahaha...just reading the translation shows they're kinda shocked by it: Translated Page

EDIT: After doing some digging, it is indeed a Focalink via their Chinese site, fypottery.com :facepalm:
Edited by DavidRamos, 3 Sep 2009, 05:01 PM.
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Veld
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And it appears to cost ~$129 :O

Translated page
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OcarinaTycoon
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Brendoge
3 Sep 2009, 04:38 PM
Veld
3 Sep 2009, 04:15 PM
I don't know the brand, but it is VERY obscure. I found it on tngocarina.com

quad
Woah! what's next a...a.. quin?
:triple: + :double: = Quin
Sure. Contrabass-bass-tenor-alto-soprano...

Then, we can make an octo:

contrabass-bass-baritone-tenor-contralto-alto-soprano-sopranino

It's possible. Impracticality is the key to designing things, and creativity as well.
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Walden
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An humble ocarina-player.
Here's an obscure ocarina. I have this totally stank ocarina from somewhere in Eastern Europe. It's shaped like a poo, and has ten equal-sized holes, and it doesn't make a sound. Its texture is rough, and it is painted reddish-orange, with white around the holes.
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Veld
3 Sep 2009, 04:15 PM
I don't know the brand, but it is VERY obscure. I found it on tngocarina.com

quad
Woah, gotta be one of the ugliest ocs I've seen yet

nice that it's a bass though.
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4 Sep 2009, 11:39 AM
Veld
3 Sep 2009, 04:15 PM
I don't know the brand, but it is VERY obscure. I found it on tngocarina.com

quad
Woah, gotta be one of the ugliest ocs I've seen yet

nice that it's a bass though.
I... Even though it doesn't look great, I would buy one if I could. I kind of like it, for some reason... If it was fairly cheap, might just buy it.
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Panch
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The Whistlemaker

I'd buy it for sure. I wonder why no-one seems capable of making that LAST chamber smoothed into the main body though? >.<
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OcarinaEngineer
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Here is a pretty interesting wooden ocarina from a New Zealand maker. I don't have one myself but from the sound samples it seems like a pretty nice oc. You can check out this link for more info on this guy. Wood-n-Bone

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Adam
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. . .
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5 Sep 2009, 02:56 AM
Here is a pretty interesting wooden ocarina from a New Zealand maker. I don't have one myself but from the sound samples it seems like a pretty nice oc. You can check out this link for more info on this guy. Wood-n-Bone

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Oh yeah, I've seen those before and I'd love to have one! They also have an awesome double pipe that reminds me of the Jen's flute from "The Dark Crystal" :D
Edited by DavidRamos, 5 Sep 2009, 03:10 AM.
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Crowler
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Adam
5 Sep 2009, 03:03 AM
Veld
3 Sep 2009, 04:15 PM
I don't know the brand, but it is VERY obscure. I found it on tngocarina.com

quad
Focalink Forte Quadruple Bass C...i believe the brand is fengya? Although im not that sure...

...nice find.

C ya
Adam
If one were to e-mail Zack, do you think he could quote you a price on it, or is it not available to buy?
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Veld
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I think you should try. Once, I e-mailed Zack Shih about a Focalink especially designed for a Taiwanese reseller. He said that altough Focalink did not sell that model (after all, they were made in specific quantities for another company), he could buy one from them and send it to me.
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Adam
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. . .
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DavidRamos
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Here's another one...

Cantare 1C - Cantare Ocarinas
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I hear these sound amazing and they are beautiful. My only problem with them is that the subhole for the left hand is for the ring finger which I imagine would feel a little awkward.
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Kalin5513
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where do you find these ocarinas, David :rofl:
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Kalin5513
6 Sep 2009, 02:00 AM
where do you find these ocarinas, David
In the Ocarina Guide ;)

Sorry...couldn't help it :rofl: In addition to my past discussions with fellow ocarinists about obscure ocarinas, I had to do a lot of research for the ocarina guide when compiling my maker's index at the end of the book and for the ocarina pictures throughout.

Actually, I think most of the ocarina makers I've mentioned so far are all in the regional focus section, but I'll try to find some makers that aren't :D

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So would the Old Glory company count since they are no longer in business?
Besides their normal line of ocs they did have the Jugarinas. Gotta love the tuning cork idea.

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