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The Obscure Ocarina Thread; More Love for the Less Known
Topic Started: 24 Aug 2009, 10:47 PM (35,744 Views)
stealthheartocarina_z
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I think we should also shed a little light on the unofficial creators. I mean, some of them actually look and sound like the more expensive ocarinas. They're great for beginners.
I'm still technically a beginner because I've only been playing for six months so I'm not really known as "qualified", but if you are thinking of buying an oc, go on Amazon or eBay and look for a cheap, trusted seller. I mean, I dropped mine at least six or seven times before it shattered, but what do you expect from the ceramic instrument? They sound almost exactly like the more expensive ocs, but be sure to be patient with them. They are very good with teaching you how to lean down for the high notes, breath pressure, weight, tonging, etc. Just in case you ever get a harder/older ocarina.
Ps: learn from my mistake. don't drop the ocarina. dumbest. mistake. ever.
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Jack Campin
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go on Amazon or eBay and look for a cheap, trusted seller.

Easily identified by the reddish-green triangular circle logo.

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They sound almost exactly like the more expensive ocs

They don't.

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They are very good with teaching you how to lean down for the high notes, breath pressure

That is, they're great for teaching you techniques you only need with crappy instruments.
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stealthheartocarina_z
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What ocarinas are you looking at
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Gemstone
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I have bought a small pendant ocarina shaped like a ladybug. It's more a toy than an instrument, but I love its shocked look. :D :D

The other two pictures are from a middle ages market I went to yesterday. There were more flutes than ocarinas, but I loved the shape and sound. The ladybugs on the left side of the second pictures were called ocarinas, and they came in different scales.

Edit: I just went to the web page and saw the gemshorns are called gemshorn - ocarinas, because they are vessel flutes, too. C: (At least I think so :grin: )

(Off topic Edit: Could someone please tell me how to place pictures from my computer within a spoiler field in the forum post? I don't know how that works.)
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Jubal
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Those gemshorns look amazing! I'd love to own one.
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Jack Campin
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The gemshorns would be quite a bit easier to play if the fingerholes for each hand were offset, like this:

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If I understood the vendor correctly, she places the holes like that so that the people playing them would be familiar with the fingering, because it looks like a recorder and is played (almost) the same way. I don't know if it would be easier with the offset, though, I have not seen flutes or ocarinas like this before.
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Recorders usually have offset holes too. For the larger sizes, it makes the instrument much more comfortable to play. (And for the smallest size, the garklein, it's absolutely essential or nobody at all could play it). The fingering system is not changed at all by having the fingerholes lie on an arc.

Nearly all ocarinas are made with the right and left hand fingerholes lying on two separate arcs.
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