Pure Alto G Ocarina

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10 hole alto G ocarina. The alto G has a lower, more mellow tone compared to higher keyed ocarinas.

G ocarinas are good for playing a lot of folk music, the entire repertoire of the highland pipes is playable on a G ocarina.

Reviews

Pure Ocarinas G Major Ocarina by
Item Rating: 5 of 5

From playing the first tentative scale on this instrument I was absolutely astonished with the roundness and beauty of the sound. To me, it sounds as much like a flute as an ocarina.It fits well in the hand and I found it easy to find the finger positions. The split fingering on the lowest G / G# is considerably easier to use and, I think, more accurate than the usual sub-hole method.Monitoring the tuning with an electronic tuning meter showed that the tuning is bang on the money across the range with a gently and linearly rising breath curve.It is great to have instruments designed and made by someone who is both a great instrument maker and a musician.I would recommend this instrument to any discerning ocarina player who's looking for a more mellow sounding ocarina.This ocarina looks good, plays well and sounds gorgeous.

Pure Alto G Ocarina Review by
Item Rating: 5 of 5

Pure Ocarinas is a new up and coming line of ocarinas from a long time contributor here on TON, Robert Hickman in the UK. His work is unsurprisingly of the highest caliber and I couldn't be happier to recommend his work for all players. Robert has laboured for a long time on his own designs and is currently working on new models.

First of all, the shape and design of the ocarina is flawless. It's incredibly thoughtful of the player's comfort and for function. The cappello, which is the point at the left end of the ocarina, is moulded beautifully into the structure of the instrument. I have never seen such an attractive cappello ever before in the design of an ocarina. The balance of the ocarina is superb as well making it all the easier to play. Notice the angled windway which tapers to a lovely rectangular shape which fits the mouth easily. Two glazes are currently offered, blue or green, both of which compliment the outstanding aesthetic appeal of this ocarina.

The tone of the ocarina is wonderful. It's smooth, full and round, with just the slightest hint of texture. I'd liken it to a more full sounding Hamlett ocarina which are a bit quieter than this. The finger holes are plotted ideally, and with the smooth glaze, sliding to the one subhole is effortless. Breath demand is stupendous, with a predictable, easy rise in breath to stay in tune from the lowest note to the highest note which sounds easily. No acute bend is needed in the slightest. The ocarina does not even require it for any support. The top note is strong and can be tongued without problem, no matter your posture. Robert offers these with two different breath demands, a low-medium gentle breath curve and a higher breath demand with a steeper curve ideal more for outdoor performance. This is the first of those options and it plays perfectly well for most situations, even a few performances I've used it for in the several weeks I've had it. However, the options are available to you as Robert is an intelligent, informed and confident maker.

I have no criticism of this ocarina. From the moment I played it it was one of my favourite ocarinas I have ever played and I couldn't recommend them with more emphasis. These are perfect for beginners and professionals alike and I foresee more praise coming as Robert begins to sell more of these. Though he has just begun selling his ocarinas, the craftsmanship is evident of a passionate maker and lover of the instrument. PLEASE, if you can get a Pure ocarina, do so. You will never regret it. There are many ocarinas and they appeal to many different tastes. However, I believe these will be absolute crowd pleasers, joining the ranks of other largely popular makes such as Focalink.

This is an ocarina that merges beauty and function. it's simple enough, elegant in it's fine details, and of the highest professional quality.