Pure Alto D Ocarina

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Pure ocarinas is not currently taking orders, I have been working on developing this business almost constantly for over two years and am taking a break. Normal service will return mid to late August. This does not affect current orders.

Please note, the picture used for the plain finish is temporary and shows the shellac finish. Please see other products to know what it actually looks like.

The pure ocarinas alto D was specifically designed for playing folk music, such as English and Irish traditional music, tin whistle tunes. Misic of these genres is commonly played by others in D, G or E minor. Having an ocarina in D maximises your range when playing in sessions with other instruments.

Why D over C?

While you can play in D on a C ocarina, you lose two notes of range, F# and G at the top end, relative to an ocarina in D. As the range is limited, every note counts towards what you can play. These two notes make a world of differance when it comes to playing tunes without having to adapt them to suit the ocarina.

Having an ocarina in D also simplifies the fingering when most of the music is in D,G or E minor, simplifying fast playing and making ornamentation simpler.

Why 11 holes?

11 hole ocarinas do not need the acute bend to sound the high notes. Consequently the ergonomics are improved making fast playing easier. These ocarinas have no low end breath cut, meaning these notes are louder.

Other music

The range of the pure alto D is also ideal for playing music of the Sackpipa, an indigenous bagpipe of Sweden. It's 1 octave E to E range fits perfectly on this ocarina.

http://olle.gallmo.se/sackpipa/

A tune book for the Sackpipa, in German. The second half has many tunes in standard notation.

http://www.dudelsackseite.de/Lehrbuch.html

Numerous play-along videos of Swedish pipe music:

http://olle.gallmo.se/sackpipa/music.php

Reviews

Delightful! by
Item Rating: 5 of 5

I have the plain alto D with 11 holes, and it looks and feels great in my hands. Then I played it, and it blew me away! It sounds great and will work in well with my whistles and for playing folk music. It must have been made for me because it did not take long to work out how much breath it required and I was able to play a piece straight off, no fumbling to find out if my fingers were in the right place, which usually happens as my hands are very small. Breathing is a breeze.
This ocarina begs to be played, and its pure clean sound will make it a favourite. Its a winner! I love it!

Awesome by
Item Rating: 5 of 5

This is a great ocarina that I use most the time when I'm home or in safe places. No need for acute bending for the high pitch! Great finishing!! Mine is 1 year old and looks like new ^^

Fabulous! by
Item Rating: 5 of 5

As soon as I started to play the scale on the Pure Alto D, I knew I had a winner in my hands. The ocarina had a clear,and clean sound all the way up and down the scale. No weakness in the upper notes and a solid subhole note.

Ergonomically, the ocarina is well designed. The fingerholes are placed ideally for my hands and fingers. I have no problems with reaching or covering any of the holes. The overall balance of the ocarina is good. It sits well in your hands with no danger or tipping when you lift off all your fingers to play high notes.

Great for folk music sessions by
Item Rating: 5 of 5

This is a great ocarina which has a straightforward linear breath curve which makes it easy to play in tune. It is expertly designed with ergonomics in mind.

It has a moderately high breath pressure in which you do not have to hold back your breath. Though the breath pressure is high, the ocarina isn't overly loud which makes it ideal to play with other musicians as you will not drain out the sound of their instruments. This along with it being in the key of D makes this the ocarina to get for traditional Irish folk music.