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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...
Here's a few of them in action: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.
And here are some beautiful sound samples of the Aketa SG, performed by Mr. Kokor: http://www.ijigg.com/songs/V2EB4CGPAD