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Imperial City Ocarina

Pendant Ocarinist
Pendant Ocarinist
Joined: December 13th, 2012, 2:24 pm

December 16th, 2012, 2:57 pm #1

Hello TON Members,
Have just launched an online store at featuring the purple clay ocarinas of the artist Song Wei from China. These ocarinas have been called the Taobao Bulls on TON and elsewhere. We've also got Mr. Song's xun and mankou xun that players of the more traditional ocarinas might like to check out. We ship orders from the U.S. and plan soon to be offering shipping directly from China as well. Ocarina enthusiasts outside China will now have a much easier time obtaining the "Taobao Bulls". Or should these be called the ICO bulls now? Let TON members decide that, I guess. Anyway, Imperial City Ocarina takes its English name as a direct translation of what Mr. Song calls his shop/store in China. And I am very pleased to be making available these fine ocarinas. Mr. Song is a great guy to work with as well as being a skilled craftsman and artist.
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Quadruple Ocarinist x 2
Quadruple Ocarinist x 2
Joined: July 3rd, 2011, 8:48 pm

December 16th, 2012, 3:00 pm #2

Thanks so much. :) I've been wanting to try one of these, but ordering from Taobao doesn't sound fun. I'm glad these are more readily available now. Those Mankou xuns look fantastic as well.
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[+] My Ocarina Collection
:pendant: Oberon 6 hole Sopranino Eb
:pendant: Songbird Black Spiral 4 hole Sopranino F
:pendant: STL Blue Rupee 6 hole Soprano C
:pendant: Tenrai 8 hole Soprano C
:pendant: Terry Riley 5 hole Soprano Bb
:pendant: Clayz Turtle 4 hole Soprano A
:oldoc: Vintage Mathieu 10 hole Soprano C
:ocarina: Menaglio Sol 2
:ocarina: Pure 11 hole Alto D (Prototype; Refinished by Larry Tew)
:ocarina: Rotter 10 hole Meissen C3
:ocarina: Terry Riley 10 hole Alto Bb
:oldoc: Vintage Guido Bondi 10 hole 13C
:ocarina: Spoony 10 hole Bass C
:inline: Mountain Polycarbonate G
:inline: Mountain Polycarbonate C
:inline: TNG 12 hole Inline Alto C
:double: Alan Albright Eb/Ab

Triple Ocarinist x 2
Triple Ocarinist x 2
Joined: January 12th, 2010, 7:51 am

December 16th, 2012, 3:41 pm #3

I've got two single chamber ocarinas from Song Wei in Alto F and Bass C and I like them very much. But I bought them both from a British Ebay seller, because I really don't like the idea of buying from TaoBao. So I'm glad I'll finally be able to get one of his low multichambers easily, too. Thanks!

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Double Ocarinist
Double Ocarinist
Joined: December 13th, 2012, 5:11 pm

December 16th, 2012, 4:22 pm #4

Holy cow, triple ocarinas for only $125, competitive pricing indeed. I very well may get one of these as my first triple, the bull sign looks awesome too.

Thanks for sharing.
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Quadruple Ocarinist
Quadruple Ocarinist
Joined: February 14th, 2012, 10:23 pm

December 16th, 2012, 7:39 pm #5

The reason we started calling them bull ocarinas is because we couldn't figure out what the name was. I will start to call them by the actual name now but their nickname might stick with everyone else.
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Wollemi Pine
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Joined: January 11th, 2012, 2:03 am

December 16th, 2012, 7:48 pm #6

Hello Redwind and welcome to TON. I have a few of these ocarinas already bought through the taobao route.
[+] Some Ocarinas I Own

Multi-Chamber Ocarinas
Pacchioni Tripla-P C5 (Bass)
Triple Huaca
Bon Solist Triple
Dinda Double AC
Dinda Triple AC
Maparam Triple

Transverse Ocarinas (Sweet Potato)
:aria: Aria, Tenor C
Aria, Alto G
:muse: Songbird Muse (Eb & F)
Songbird Dragon Tooth, 13-hole (D)
Zin: Soprano C, Tenor C (Bass)
Hamlett, Alto C
Epicai Crab Claw (E)

Spoony AC
Dreambirth Abstract Bass
Robert Hickman AC

Inline Ocarinas
Hind Tenor F
Mountain Aluminum G

Pendant Ocarinas
Whistleworks Killer Whale
STL Mouse

Vintage Ocarinas
:oldoc: Fiehn: C1, B2, E4.5, D5 (1877 stamp), C6, A7.5, G9, C13, G17
:budrio: Chiesa
:budrio: Canella
:oldoc: Teschner
:oldoc: Old Glory: C, G
:oldoc: Gretsch: C, G
:oldoc: EWA: F
:oldoc: Guido Bondi (GB)
:oldoc: Hopf
:oldoc: Reform
:oldoc: Missnia
:oldoc: "Original"
:oldoc: Mathieu (metal)
:oldoc: Waterbury

Broken Ocarinas
:brokenoc: None!
[+] Wish List

:budrio: Vintage Ocarinas (PM me if you have any for sale)
Maparam Ocarinas (PM me if you have one for sale)
fm12692's Bass
Hind Double Sweet Potato
Spencer Double
Pacchioni Classic & Quadrupla-P
Focalink AC Triple Forte
Menaglio Do 7
Purple Clay Triple
Osawa Forte Triple
ABC Notation Primer Guide - Learn how to easily create sheet music and ocarina tabs

Quadruple Ocarinist x 3
Quadruple Ocarinist x 3
Joined: June 21st, 2012, 7:39 am

December 16th, 2012, 7:57 pm #7

I really like your policy's on returns and damaged items its quite wonderful the prices aren't half bad as well. And the ocarinas are of great quality.


Quadruple Ocarinist
Quadruple Ocarinist
Joined: July 28th, 2012, 7:36 pm

January 1st, 2013, 2:02 pm #8

So, instead of continuing this conversation in the Gloat or Cry thread, I figured it should be moved here.
SBK mentioned that Song Wei would make porcelain ocarinas to order. I was immediately intrigued. I sent Mr. Ahens an email and he got back to me later that night.
an exerpt from Mr. Ahen's reply wrote:I just now called him and asked about your request, and this time he
explained things in more detail. He currently has no interest in doing
porcelain. For one thing, his kiln is not suitable for porcelain (he
previously has borrowed space in a friend's kiln but that option is no
longer readily available). Secondly, he's had trouble with different
porcelain raw material batches varying in shrinkability during firing. So,
as an occasional maker of porcelain, he found it impossible to make a
quality porcelain product with any degree of efficiency, since shrinkage
causes changes in pitch.
So he won't make porcelain ocarinas, or at least not currently.
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Triple Ocarinist
Triple Ocarinist
Joined: January 8th, 2012, 10:48 pm

January 1st, 2013, 2:25 pm #9

I purchased one of the Triple Bass C from the website two days ago. The pricing including shipping (EMS express) to ireland was very reasonable. It was cheaper to buy than most of the double alto's in my collection. Im hoping to receive it in a week or so.
I shall post pictures plus sound samples after i have had some time to get comfortable with the breath slope, and sheer size and weight (2 pounds) of this monster of an ocarina.
Hi i'm Kevin. I am an ocarina enthusiast living in Ireland.
[+] My ocarina collection includes:
Aria Soprano G
Purple Clay Soprano C
Purple Clay Alto F
Purple Clay Double AC
Dinda Alto Eb
Dinda Alto Bb
Claudio Colombo Triple AC
Claudio Colombo Double AG
STL Tenor F
STL Santa Monica
Hamlett Alto G (2 of these)
Focalink Soprano C (plastic)
Focalink Double Soprano G
Bull Triple Bass C
Songbird Muse in D
Casper Alto A (Meteor finish)
Casper Alto Db
Casper Alto G

Zero Tolerance
Triple Ocarinist x 5
Triple Ocarinist x 5
Joined: March 1st, 2011, 4:39 pm

January 1st, 2013, 2:28 pm #10

Cool looking ocarinas. If ever I'm in need of something new, I'll remember you guys! *bookmarks page*
Here's my You-Tube Channel! Anything on Ocarina! New performances 1st Monday of every month! :fly:

Big Ocarina related Spoiler
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Ocarinas I have.
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Songbird Dragon Tooth
Songbird Muse :muse:
Focalink Sonoro in black
Hans Rotter ZFan
Focalink Allegreo in White crackle
Tenrai pendant in Monsoon seas :pendant:
New Vista pendant in red and white :pendant:
Ocarinas I'm thinking of selling
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Songbird Double Harmony
Hylian shield pendant in G
2 Tea-carinas
Ocarinas I want.
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Noble Bass C in black :nobleblack:
Something from Hamlett
Something from Casper
A good Focalink Alto C pendant to replace my New Vista :pendant: