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Chromatic Hardwood Ocarinas

 

Key of "G"
(Length: 4.5 inches or 11.4 cm)

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Key of "C"
(Length: 5.5 inches or 13.9 cm)

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  • Precise, patented flutes that are worthy of public performance and serious dedication.
  • Very easy to learn (relative to most instruments) so that you can reach your musical goals more quickly.
  • Compact size so that you can play anytime, anywhere.
  • Intuitive, easy-fingering scale that is well-suited for quick learning and complex ornamentation.
  • Big sound (relative to other ocarinas) so that you can play in public and with other musicians.
  • Chromatic range of an octave and three notes (18 tones) so that you can play a wide body of music.
  • Includes neck cord with safety connector so that you can carry your ocarina easily and safely.
  • Includes fingering chart, tips, and several songs to help you get started playing right away.
We now make all of our ocarinas out of a type of phenolic-impregnated hardwood called Dymondwood. Through a process involving heat and vacuum pressure, the capillaries of the wood are filled in with phenolic resins. As a result, the wood is not only very beautiful but it is also stabilized, making it extremely resistant to changes in humidity, temperature, etc. For that reason, our ocarinas require no "break-in" period or oiling. Dymondwood can be a bit difficult to work because it is so hard, but the end result is well worth the effort.

Because we use phenolic-impregnated wood for all our instruments and we make them to strict tolerances, the sound quality is very consistent from one instrument to another. In other instruments, the woods may significantly affect the sound quality. For example, the woods used to make stringed instruments are very important because parts of the instrument (such as strings, soundboards, etc.) actually vibrate, contributing to the quality of sound. With ocarinas, however, it is primarily the air that vibrates rather than the instrument itself. I have prototyped using all types of woods and other suitable materials. My findings are that, after a certain minimum threshold of hardness, the type of wood has little impact on sound. Rather, the quality of design and the precision with which one adheres to the design are what impact sound quality. Other ocarina makers have come to similar conclusions.

 






Mountain Ocarinas Inc., 71 Hoskins Rd., Bloomfield, CT 06002, (860) 242-6626

All Mountain Ocarinas® are protected
by US Patent No. US 6,348,647 B1.
Mountain Ocarinas® Inc. has other Patents Pending.