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Ocflute-Sopranino in A With Bone Inlay

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$375.00

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My Sopranino OcFlute (ocarina/flute) is in the key of A and has one sub-hole giving it a range of Ab5 to D7. The first and second fingers of each hand are used to play the one octave scale just like my 4 holed ocarinas. The other holes are used to increase the range of the ocarina and are used only when needed. The sub-hole (right ring finger) stays open almost all the time and is closed ONLY for the lowest note (it lowers the tonic note by 1/2 step). It functions just like the sub-hole on sweet potato ocarinas. The left ring finger is kept closed, and is opened ONLY for the highest note. It functions exactly like the left pinky finger on sweet potato ocarinas. Each thumb hole is good for a whole step above the high tonic note. So what you have is a 4-hole ocarina that has a few extra holes added so that it plays a full 1 1/2 octave range. It's very easy to play just by thinking of it as a 4-hole ocarina. But it is a lot of fun learning how to use all the extra range too. I have enjoyed this little instrument more than any I have made in a long time.

The wood is Honduras Rosewood with an oil finish. I cut the diamond inlays from camel bone. A thick corduroy drawstring carrying bag and cord for hanging it around your neck are included. See the fingering chart Here

With this new instrument I am, in a way, returning to my roots in that I started out turning wooden recorders and flutes in 1975. The OcFlute combines the beautiful tone of the ocarina with the elegant lathe-turned profile found on 18th century woodwinds.

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Specifications

Size6" long ~ 1.4" diameter
Range:One octave plus 6 notes
Key of:A (fully chromatic)

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  • Reviewer: Mark
    11/19/2013 05:28pm
    I hadn't played a musical instrument in years and forgot what I was missing. Then, out of boredom, I downloaded the smartphone app "Ocarina2" and started fooling around with it. Within hours I was hooked. I did some research as to where to find a real, quality ocarina and ended up here. I just got this sopranino ocflute in the mail a few hours ago and once I figured out how to make it sound pretty, I found myself master of three songs within a very short time. The ocarina really is the easiest instrument to learn and this particular model with its bone inlays is so beautiful I'm glad I spent the extra money on it. Charlie's been doing this a mighty long time, folks, and he really knows how to build 'em. I'm going to get a lot of enjoyment out of learning to play my new ocflute and can highly recommend it both for its aesthetically pleasing appearance and its sweet birdsong tones. Bravo!

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