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Zeph003

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Ocarina players?
« on: February 04, 2016, 10:31:12 AM »
Curious to see how many other rvers play ocarina.    I fell in love with how portable they are, as well as the sound.    Plus..not knowing how to read sheet music it's nice to find an instrument that doesn't require it.   

For anyone unfamiliar with the ocarina, here's a link to the one I prefer playing:
http://www.songbirdocarina.com/collections/transverse-style-ocarinas/products/sonoro-ocarina-alto-c-in-white-crackle

Here's a link to a music vid featuring an ocarina (I've been learning this song the past week or so):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9O2ldC49hs

here's another:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DHecFcDhbw
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Re: Ocarina players?
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2016, 12:47:42 PM »
Interesting instrument and a great sound. Definitely portable enough for any RV. Thanks for sharing.
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Zeph003

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Re: Ocarina players?
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2016, 01:39:56 PM »
No problem!  I enjoy mine a great deal, and most come with a pouch that can be worn holster style.   I ran into ocarina music for the first time at a comic con (I sell my work at them) and fell in love with the sound.    If anyone wants recommends on where to get a nice one, or advice on learning...I'd be happy to  help.     :)
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Re: Ocarina players?
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2016, 03:09:09 PM »
I ran into ocarina music for the first time at a comic con (I sell my work at them) and fell in love with the sound.

What is a comic con?
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Re: Ocarina players?
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2016, 03:34:47 PM »
Comic (book, movie, superhero...) Convention
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Rene T

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Re: Ocarina players?
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2016, 03:46:17 PM »
Comic (book, movie, superhero...) Convention

Thanks Joe.
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Zeph003

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Re: Ocarina players?
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2016, 05:05:08 AM »
Yep.   He beat me to it.      ;D
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Re: Ocarina players?
« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2016, 07:05:03 PM »
been playing the ocarina on and off for over 30 years now; when I was first introduced to the instrument. it was called a "sweet potato'. 
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Re: Ocarina players?
« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2016, 08:21:43 PM »
Any brands that are good or not-so-good? I see these instruments selling for as low as $10-$20 on amazon.
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Zeph003

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Re: Ocarina players?
« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2016, 12:49:00 PM »
Yeah...many ocarinas are out of tune, or might sound ok on low notes but not high ones.  Many of the zelda video game ocarinas are terrible....but they're being sold as more of a fandom thing than a musical instrument sadly.     

Songbird Ocarinas are my personal favorite.   My two favorite ocarinas are from them, and they're absolutely awesome in sound quality and breath requirements.     

Plastic ocarinas mostly don't sound as good..they have an almost toy type sound.    In general, clay ocarinas are what I'd recommend.  Most ocarinas are clay or plastic, though there are some folks who make them out of wood...but I've never played one of those.

There is one ocarina made out of plastic that has really good reviews, called Night by Noble...and I own one..but condensation from your breath becomes an issue over time which can effect the sound as you play.     It's very durable as well, which is nice.   The high notes aren't as clean sounding as some other ocarinas though.
http://www.amazon.com/Night-Noble-Plastic-Ocarina-Black/dp/B008WYNVAW/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1454870203&sr=8-5&keywords=focalink+ocarina


Focalink ocarinas are also fairly good.   They're less expensive than Songbird as well.     If you just want to try one out, but want a quality instrument that's worth keeping even after you indulge on a expensive one later....Focalink is the way to go.      This is the focalink ocarina I'd recommend:
http://www.amazon.com/Whisper-Strawfire-Masterpiece-Collectible-recommended/dp/B00MJLZIDW/ref=lp_7899678011_1_1?srs=7899678011&ie=UTF8&qid=1454870288&sr=8-1
This is the model I own and the high notes are clean and easy to play, the low notes are light breath and it's a great ocarina to learn on.   I still enjoy mine a lot.   It stays around $35 on the pricetag. 

My personal favorite ocarina is this one:
http://www.songbirdocarina.com/collections/transverse-style-ocarinas/products/sonoro-ocarina-alto-c-in-white-crackle
The low notes have more resonance than the focalink, and sound wonderful.    Breath requirements are slightly more than the focalink, but I find the small amount of breath needed on the focalink low notes to be less comfortable.    The finish is durable, beautiful and comfortable too.    Pricetag is higher though....but I play mine almost daily so the cost was worth it for me.

All the ones I recommended are ones I own.   I'm sure there are others that are nice too, in varying price ranges, but I don't feel comfortable recommending anything I've not used personally.     





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PCDJ

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Re: Ocarina players?
« Reply #10 on: February 25, 2016, 06:39:06 AM »
There is a cute iPhone app that makes your phone an ocarina.  First app I bought for my smartphone.

 

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