Buying Your First Ocarina




Introduction: Buying Your First Ocarina

Now many of you are probably new to ocarinas as am I, may I say it is a beautiful instrument and amazing to play ( wonderful sounding as well), there are many types and many choices... this Instructable will help you decide which kind you want and where you can buy one

note: Legend of Zelda:Ocarina of Time-ocarinas did not originate in this game and were made a long long time ago... research it 0.~

I do not own any of these photos and am using them as merely a reference and something beautiful to look at =]

Step 1: History of the Ocarina

The first ocarina maker was the inventor himself Giuseppe Donati. when you ask? - a long long time ago XD

Step 2: Some Ocarina Types!

Well there are many types of ocarina ranging from pendants,mountain,transverse, and sweet potatoe (im sure theres at least 1 more)haha and some people even make the weirdest kinds...but nonetheless play beautifuly and all these range from 4 to 12 holes unless you get into the double and triple ocarinas

the first is a 12 Hole tenor ocarina which i own and is an STLOcarina, the second is a sweet potato STL(from hole, the third is a 4 hole pendant ocarina i beleive to be a songbird we will cover the sites later, the fourth is a 12 hole soprano zelda replica that STL has just recently added to their inventory, the fifth is a mountain ocarina, and the sixth picture is a bunch of ocarinas made into various animal shapes


you may be asking yourself well thats all fine and dandy but what kind of ocarina should i start of with. Well ocarinas are amazingg instruments my first and only so far is a 12 hole transverse tenor from STL and i love it but that may not be your type so i will cover a few here there are many materials taht an ocarina can be made out of... Wood,Ceramics,and plastic;

WOOD-makes a beautiful sound and plays as if it were singing

CLAY/OTHER- also a beautiful sound just liek wood but will sometimes break if dropped

Plastic- i do not suggest plastic unless for a child who will constantly drop his/her ocarina; the plastic are of course more durable but do not play as well, im serious just look at a few reveiws on youtube

Picture 1= a wooden ocarina from hindocarinas

#2- a plastic ocarina , kind of cheap if u ask me

#3- a ceramic 12 hole tenor yet again =]] (the one i play) i think these are pretty

Step 4: Where Can You Get an Ocarina?

You can get an ocarina from various sources varying from such places as to the internet to a music store although i rarely see one in a music shop.

Below i will list a few sites i browsed before making my purchase nice selections/beautiful5/5 instruments5/5 zelda reps and pendats 5/5 instruments made of wood5/5 where else than ebay?5/5 instruments4/5
just to name a few... but dont take my word for it! explore and find what you think suits you! thers a whole world of beuty and instrumentalism out there

Step 5: My Stl Ocarina

After i learned to play it i finally went to my cousin ed's and got to record and use his camer although i could not get video without the sound being horrible here are a few pictures and other stuffs i have decided to add because i could not figure out how to make a "how to play ocarina" instructable with them

Step 6: Special Thank You

Thanks to all of you who have read this and i hope you now have a better understanding of the ocarina. and i hope you enjoyed it




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    34 Discussions

    I bought my first 12 hole zelda ocarina from OcarinaWind

    Perfect appearance and well tuned with a nice protective bag. I recommend it.

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    please suggest me the website you bought the ocarina.


    2 years ago

    I have a 10 year old osn, that wants a ocarina, clearly I don't know what to get. Do I start with a 6 hole?? plastic? ceramic? where should I go to purchase.As you can tell I'm clueless

    I got mine from, it is very nice, I love it :)


    Dionati was the creator of the sweet potato ocarina, not the inventor of the ocarina... the first ocarinas date back around 12,000 years and were not shaped this way.

    The best place to buy an ocarina is, I have three ocarinas from their site, one is plastic and of very good quality, it take a bit more breath to play but it's worth being able to take around with you.

    Ps. great Ible

    I've had one of these for a long time and can play it efficiently. I live in Utah (US) and most of the music stores around here sell them. I've found it's even funner (Still fighting the war that funner IS a word) to build your own. You can do this using clay (If you don't have a kiln you can buy oven-bake clay at most craft stores), or a workshop an a bunch of tools. (I've found that a scroll saw and a sander are the best but it's hard no matter how you do it. :P)

    Good job on your first 'ible!

    I bought mine for 4$ at World Market. Don't buy from there. they may be cheap but they are not plastic ocarinas, they are plastic CRAP!!!

    The Aztec, the Maya, the other Mesoamericans, as well as the chinese, all made these far before that man was even conceived

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    Let me make an analogy about the Types Of Ocarinas that you mentioned:

    Ocarinas are like cell phones.

    You mentioned some of the models; LG, Motorola, and Nokia.
    You did not mention the carrier; Verizon Singular (AT&T), and Sprint
    There could be a LG for Verizon or SIngular, but it will still look the same.

    The carrier is the fingering system. Your 9-hole has the sweet potato (model) shape, but is played in the peruvian system (carrier).

    The pendant is usually the English system or the Peruvian system
    The sweet potato is usually the English or japanese system, but could be anything.

    There is so much to know about ocarinas. It is just so fascinating! =D

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    Very well put.. ya i know lol i left a lot out... but if i would have started anything else...i could go on forever about them

    I'm not that big on getting stuff from the internet (i just like retail better), are there any stores at all where i could find one? BTW pretty good for a first instructable.

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    There's no way for us to know what stores you can find in your area. This is the internet, it's world-wide and we don't live (or know) where you live.

    yea, i know. but there are some stores that are just everywhere and I was wondering if I might find some there, or what kind of store I might find them in.

    Well There is a possibility that your local music store may sell some various types, although this is rare, i believe that internet may be about your only option if they are short on this instrument, and thank you _

    I have the sweet potato ocarina From songbird ocarinas! here is a pic if you want one: I also might be able to get you a video of me playing it.