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Russian makers; Roman Lomov's directory
Topic Started: 5 Feb 2016, 11:56 PM (1,000 Views)
Jack Campin
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The ethnomusicologist Roman Lomov has a page on his (Russian-only) site which lists folk music instrument makers from Russia and neighbouring countries:


There are quite a few ocarina makers I hadn't heard of before, like these:

http://vk.com/album124333841_126719733 (very weird, with intricate relief designs)

http://www.artkeramica.ru/art/charopka/ (not really designed as serious musical instruments but the matching lovebirds are sweet)

http://vk.com/dmitriyleb#/dmitriyleb?z=album51703352_170955885 (includes some wooden ocarinas, the guy is a real musician)

http://vk.com/id16306004#/id16306004?z=album16306004_37156330 (bizarre)

http://bay-terek.moy.su/photo/izdelija/keramika/4-0-87 (pendants with nice finishes)

The try-anything-once folks might want to explore.
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This thing looks like something out of Star Wars. It's pretty rad.
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These have really cool designs! I wonder how well they play.
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Olga Tanasiva, Ukraine, makes beautifully designed 4-hole pendants. She sells on etsy
Not to forget Vitaly Che with his natural wood ocarinas. He has sound samples.
https://www.facebook.com/masterskaja.vitaly.che/?fref=ts (his facebook)
http://vitaly-che-flute.com.ua/ (his website)
Edited by heike, 7 Feb 2016, 10:23 PM.
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Has anyone tried one of the ocarinas by Roman Tar and his wife? I just discovered their shop on Etsy this weekend. He is also a musician. I ordered two of his ocarinas. His customer response via etsy email is excellent. He also has videos with sound samples, and in addition to being tuned, the ocarinas are beautiful in appearance. Because of a right neck and shoulder problem, I can only play pendants or inline style at this point, so I'm always on the lookout.

He and his wife make and sell the ocarinas. They are located in Tolyatti, Russia.

The fingering is not traditional pendant. It uses 7 fingers to play an (8 note) octave - the chromatics by half-holing, so they will be limited to the same set of tunes as a four hole pendant. However, he has a number of ocarinas in deeper keys, which is a nice trade-off.

It will take a little while for me to get them, since one is not in stock. Will let you know how they are.

If anyone else has bought one, would be interested in hearing how you like it.

Sorry, forgot to include the link to Roman Tar's etsy shop with my post.

It's https://www.etsy.com/shop/MasterTar?ref=profile_shopname&section_id=19697892
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Yeah I have two of his seashell ones (A and D) and one of his acorns (F). While they have limited range, they are softer blown and have a very calm, mellow tone. I enjoy playing them :)
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Thanks - I'm looking forward to their arrival even more now!
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