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Different sounds from different ocarinas?

Kattassah
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June 20th, 2008, 3:35 am #1

What are the differences between plastic, ceramic, wood, clay...etc., sound-wise? I want to find out about this before I commit to buying an ocarina.
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Pandaman
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June 20th, 2008, 7:34 am #2

Wood ocarinas usually sound very soft, mellow, almost soothing. Clay ocarinas tend to be a little "harder" tones, a bit more shrill if you will. There isn't really an obvious distinction between clay and ceramic. Plastic ocarinas tend to be so bad that the individual sound is usually hidden by the airiness of the notes, and if it's not there isn't really a good way to describe the sound that comes to mind. I haven't really heard any metal ocarinas, but they're pretty rare anyway.

I would suggest either a wood or clay ocarina. The wooden ones are more mellow, but they're also usually pretty expensive.
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June 20th, 2008, 1:20 pm #3

Yep, Pandaman's nailed it. If you want to listen to actual examples, you could check out my YouTube for the sound of a wooden Hind, and kissing's, Myung's, and a lot of other community members' for the sound of a ceramic one.

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June 21st, 2008, 3:31 am #4

There are some playing differences to note.
In general, plastic and metal can play staccato notes well, while clay and wood are great for Legato.
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DeepRed
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June 21st, 2008, 9:34 am #5

Plastic Mountain ocarinas are good quality though. They have a crisp sound.
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