Jack Campin wrote:Be clear about whether you want low breath PRESSURE or low breath VOLUME.
That's a good point Jack. I have a preference for ocarinas that don't take a lot of air pressure to play but I do like to have some resistance when I blow into them or I run out of air. That's why I have trouble playing my Oberon ocarina. It has what seems to me, absolutely zero back pressure. It takes all the air I have and begs for more, leaving me gasping like I just climbed Mt Everest.
With the Hind, I feel like I have to dial down my air delivery or I overload the sound capability of the ocarina. Someone here once said that blowing into a Hind is like huffing your breath to fog up a window pane. That's exactly what I feel I have to do to avoid squeaking. If I use a forceful, more directed breath, it doesn't work.
I find that my Casper and Rotter ocarinas are much more comfortable for me to play. I also like most of the STL/TNG ocarinas I have. Even the plastic Spiderman ocarina I got from STL as a freebie for an order sounds pretty decent to me.
I would gladly buy a Zin plastic bass if they came in less lurid colors like a simple black or white like the Noble plastic ocarinas. I just find their color selection of ghastly purple or toxic green very off-putting.
I have one of the Zin plastic button ocarinas that I like very much. It thankfully is a decent shade of ivory.