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Aketa (Prima Gakki)

DavidRamos
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September 11th, 2009, 7:58 pm #1

Main Site (Japanese): http://www.prima-gakki.co.jp/public_htm ... index.html

Distributor (English): http://www.sammyocarinamusic.com/

Mr. Takashi Aketagawa was the inventor of the original 12 Hole ocarina back in 1928, and his ocarinas are said to be some of the greatest in the world. Here's what Richard Schmidt of Clayzeness Whistleworks had to say about Mr. Aketagawa and his Ocarinas...
Richard wrote:Takashi Aketagawa is certainly entitled to a spot in the lineage of the only three true Ocarina innovators in the last few centuries, right behind Guiseppe Donati for the Budrio Tradition and before John Taylor for the condensation of the Budrio fingering system into the Four Hole "English Style" system. Takashi Aketagawa brought the Budrio system to a next higher level or two by innovating the 12 hole chromatic system and redefining the distinct shape so popular today - the fingering and shape both, of course, based on the Budrio tradition. Anyway, Takashi Aketagawa died in 1958, 30 years after his innovation and his career as a jazz musical innovator as well as an avid promoter of the Ocarina. His son Shoji continues the production today and has developed a substantial musical career of his own.

Gakki company also markets the Ocarinas as Prima Gakki Ocarinas, and are also known simply as Gakki and sell Tascam Digital Recorders, Suzuki Melodicas and Harmonicas, Excelsior Accordians, Piano Accesories - As well as the Ocarinas made by Aketagawa, Hayakawa, Night Windy and other Top Drawer goodies. Want one of the best Ocarinas made today and can wait 6 months to a year, get an Aketagawa.

Best, Richard
Here's a few of them in action:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZJgpEyQxXkhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SZgrwKcEp0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGguFiHV3XEhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a30YNOBWpj4

And here are some beautiful sound samples of the Aketa SG, performed by Mr. Kokor: http://www.ijigg.com/songs/V2EB4CGPAD
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Ian McConnell
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Joined: April 23rd, 2008, 6:40 pm

September 11th, 2009, 11:07 pm #2

I have a couple of these, the double, the "high end" alto C, and the low end alto C. I like the high end alto C better, but I think its just the paint job that cost more. I got the manual with one of them, they are all Prima, no original Aketa, and only reason I say high end is the manual has a price list and its double what the low end was. I only own one other 12 hole, a Pockle which I think is very nice so I don't have much else to compare them to. I like them though, don't play them much cause I like the 10 holes a lot better.
Lots of antique ocarinas, let me know if you have any questions, love talking about the old flutes.
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Panch
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September 12th, 2009, 4:53 am #3

Nice, David! I didn't even realize we were missing Aketa from this list!

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OcLover
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Joined: November 6th, 2009, 8:45 pm

February 13th, 2010, 3:17 pm #4

Visit Prima Gakki's YouTube Channel. They have videos of their 2009 Ocarina Festival posted. Be aware the language is Japanese, but you can get over that by listening to the fine performances. :D
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kissing
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February 26th, 2010, 12:14 am #5

They seem to have released a new "Osawa" ocarina.
I think it was made by Focalink, but under Prima Gakki's name for some reason:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33og1S4DZGc
(he talks in Japanese for the first half, but plays the ocarina afterwards)
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杰里米亚
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Joined: February 18th, 2010, 7:53 pm

February 26th, 2010, 12:42 am #6

Either way, it is a nice ocarina.

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Crowler
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Joined: July 1st, 2009, 3:47 pm

February 26th, 2010, 4:01 pm #7

Here is the page with prices of the five triples and two doubles, from Sam's link. Very expensive, but they seem very nice! Dave, if you buy one of these, I will kill you! You're not allowed to buy all the nice ocarinas. :nope:
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Ikaruka
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Joined: April 29th, 2009, 9:54 pm

February 26th, 2010, 10:03 pm #8

It seems Focalink and Osawa released their new line of Oc's.

From what I understand (babelfish translator xD)

There are 5 models of the triple;

-SU: The Solo ocarina with gloss 126,000.00 JPY = 1,416.81 USD
-SN: The Solo ocarina without the gloss (standard forte look) 126,000.00 JPY = 1,416.81 USD
-U & N: The Ocarinas who are intended to be played with an another instrument
like the piano with (model U) and with gloss. (model N) 105,000.00 JPY = 1,180.75 USD

-LU: The light weight version of the ocarina...? :shrug: 105,000.00 JPY = 1,180.75 USD

I'm not sure if it's right or not, you know how those online translators are...

We need someone who can translate it for us.

Or we could ask Mr. Zack Shih? He made them afterall, eventhough Prima sells them.
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kissing
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February 27th, 2010, 9:02 am #9

I wonder how the solo ocarinas and the ones designed to be played with other instruments differ.....

seems kinda strange.
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Ikaruka
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February 28th, 2010, 3:00 pm #10

kissing wrote:I wonder how the solo ocarinas and the ones designed to be played with other instruments differ.....

seems kinda strange.
Yea, I was wondering the samething.

I never really thought of there being really "solo" and "non-solo" ocarinas.

Maybe it's just babelfish's translation? :shrug:

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