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The quality of Gretsch ocarinas.; Forgive me if this has been answered.
Topic Started: 11 Oct 2011, 05:25 PM (2,718 Views)
Jubal
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Gretsch ocarinas have sparked my interest, due to their historical significance. Are they all as terrible as we've heard? I've searched around but can't really find a clear answer. While most people with Gretsch ocarinas tend to speak poorly of them, are there ANY great/decent/passing-for-a-musical-instrument Gretsch ocarinas out there? Has anyone had any good experiences with them?

I'll likely purchase it anyway, so I'm hoping there is some shred of hope that it will be somewhat playable. :whistle:
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hirohiigo
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The ones I have (alto C and soprano C from the WWII boys-in-service pack) are pretty awful. That's all the experience I have with Gretsch, but I enjoy having them for their historical significance.
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Jubal
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hirohiigo
13 Oct 2011, 05:05 AM
The ones I have (alto C and soprano C from the WWII boys-in-service pack) are pretty awful. That's all the experience I have with Gretsch, but I enjoy having them for their historical significance.
Interesting, what does this boys-in-service pack look like? I'm interested in the ones issued in the war more than anything, so I'd rather buy one of those than just a 40's Gretsch.
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hirohiigo
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Here are some photos:

Spoiler: click to toggle


I've attached some sound samples, too.
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Attachments: gretschalto.wav (2.37 MB)
Attachments: gretschsoprano.wav (2.2 MB)
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Jubal
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Wow, thanks! Thats really cool. They're very airy, but they still sound better than I imagined. And that alto is actually really cool looking. Thanks for sharing!
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Jack Campin
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I would love to see somebody do an authentic period video of the music from the Gretsch books, with the players in uniforms from the time. Maybe a military history museum might help and sponsor it? They might even let us use a B-29, a vintage truck or a PT boat as a performance space.
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hirohiigo
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Well I did a quick Youtube video with the Gretsch arrangement of the Marine Corps Hymn some time ago:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaV1Ph2dX8E
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Jack Campin
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Getting there! I still want the original plastic and the saggy pants, though.
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Kitten Forest
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From the sound samples, the soprano doesn't sound too bad. Has anyone tried the G ocairna? I came to this thread because I recently found one on ebay and I thought it would be cool to try as I've never seen a plastic ocarina that wasn't in C, as well as having the historical aspect. That being said, I would like to know if anyone can comment on the quality any further than the above posts as I do like to play plastic ones on the go.
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OberonOcarinas
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I have an Alto C that someone actually took the time to tune and it's actually pretty good for a plastic (Bakelite) ocarina. It plays more like an Alto D and requires a strong amount of pressure to play, but it's the best vintage plastic ocarina I've come across
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Kitten Forest
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I recently fixed up a SG one I got on ebay, and after a thurough wash and a bit of tape, I'm pleasantly surprised with the sound. I can't get the highest 2 notes to play at all, but considering the age and the crack down the side seam, I'm actually pretty happy with it.
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