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Robert Mirabal Ocarinas; Native American Flute and Ocarina Maker
Topic Started: 13 Nov 2014, 10:37 PM (909 Views)
Mark Chan
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I went to a Native American Flute circle last night; and the organizer (who's also a maker) provided me with a lot of information since I was just getting started. Anyways, I told him that I play ocarinas; and he told me that Robert Mirabal's brother makes ocarinas. I searched for Robert Mirabal; and discovered that he makes ocarinas too. Here's a link to his ocarina shop. There are even some made with actual box turtles! Searching around, I found that his uncle Tony made ocarinas using horse hair for the designs.
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Cool. They're very rustic, but they seem very pricey. Do you know if they follow the Taylor fingering system?
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Mark Chan
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I don't know; but looking at the size of the holes, it may be the same or similar.
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Amerred
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Those are mighty interesting... They are awfully expensive, but they look really nice. I wonder how they play.
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sunyajohn
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Hi, one of my most beloved instruments was a 5" horse hair pottery ocarina made by Tony Mirabal, which I bought from him about 10 years ago at the Taos Pueblo. Sadly, a couple months ago the strap broke and the ocarina fell and smashed on a hard floor, unrepairable. I used this ocarina for ceremony, meditation, and invocations. I am heartbroken. I have learned that Tony has sadly passed on. So I am have been trying to look into his nephew Robert's work, but his website is infected with malware. Most of all I am hoping to find someone with a Tony-made ocarina who is not using it, and would be willing to sell to me. A way to contact Robert would also be helpful. Thank you.
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Wollemi Pine
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This might help. Robert Mirabal's flutes are sold here:

http://www.oregonflutestore.com/home/ofs2/page_336_68/robert_mirabal_pueblo_flute.html
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Mark Chan
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Lol, reading this post now, I have to say that the box turtle ocarinas are made from resin molds and just stylized as turtles. No actual box turtles were harmed in making the ocarinas. I've played one of my friend's box turtle ocarinas from Robert. I've also played one of the horse hair ones made by Tony. :)
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