Note: Ocarinas ("ock-uh-REE-nuhs") are a type of ancient flute
native to Latin America and other parts of the world.

Learn To Play The Ocarina In 5 Lessons



Imagine

a hauntingly beautiful flute

small enough to take wherever you go.

You could find time to enjoy it —and to become really good at it— because you could play whenever you had a free moment.

           
Watching the sunset...    
  Hiking in the mountains...  
    Waiting in a parked car...

That is the Magic of


Our Concert-Quality
Pocket-Sized Flutes
Give You The Freedom
To Play Anytime...



Hear Karl play his ocarina |


What Do Mountain Ocarinas®
Offer You?

1) Concert-Quality Pocket Flutes With A Look And Sound That You Can Feel Proud Of: While easy to learn, our unique patented precision ocarinas are worthy of serious dedication and public performance.

2) Freedom To Play Anytime, Anywhere: Our instruments are truly pocket-sized (and are very durable) so that they can go wherever you go.

3) Affordable Home Music Support To Help You Be Successful: Our home-learning materials and free online support allow you to grow musically at home, without a private teacher.

4) A Lifetime Guarantee: We want you to feel free to take your ocarina along with you. Therefore, if one of your MOUNTAIN OCARINAS® ever becomes inoperable due to accidental damage, we will replace it free of charge with an ocarina of similar value.

Listen to our flutes...
 The Black Nag
 Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ye
 Cumberland Crew (w/accompaniment)
 Lovely Joan
 Bridget Cruise (w/accompaniment)
 Shady Grove
 Mist Covered Mountains (w/accompaniment)
 A Bunch of Thyme
 An Boithrin Bui
 Barbara Allen
 Brochan Lom
 By the Rising of the Moon
     More beautiful music...

 



What Is Unique
About Mountain Ocarinas®?

1) Concert-Quality: With their unmatched combination of wide tonal range, intuitive fingering pattern, and big sound (relative to other ocarinas), our patented flutes are worthy of serious dedication and public performance.

Research Aimed At Bringing
You The Best Possible Pocket Flutes

Mountain Ocarinas® has devoted considerable time and expense to prototyping and research in order to bring you ocarinas that you won't outgrow as your skills improve.

  • Actually, our quest to produce the ultimate pocket flute is an ongoing passion which has yielded one patent, three patents pending, and some exciting designs for the future.

Made With Precision So That
You Get Consistent Sound Quality

Sometimes makers of folk flutes will produce instruments of varying quality: some are lemons while others play nicely. Our innovative ocarinas are made to strict tolerances so that you can count on consistent sound quality.

  • Our handsome hardwood ocarinas now have a precision resin liner to protect against the swelling, shrinking, cracking, and mold problems commonly associated with unlined wood instruments.

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A Wider Tonal Range
So That You Can Play
More Music

Their wider tonal range* (relative to most ocarinas) means that you can play a greater body of music. Because they cover the comfortable vocal range and are fully chromatic, you can play right through a book of hymns or through any songbook in that range without half-covering toneholes.

  • Mountain Ocarinas® play an octave and three notes with all the sharp and flats (i.e., a musical eleventh, or 18 tones) and are available in the keys of C and G. Fully chromatic means that you can play them in many keys besides just in C or in G. For example, it is easy to play songs in the key of D on our C ocarina.

A Bigger Sound So That
You Can Perform In Public

Their big sound (relative to most ocarinas) means that you can enjoy playing in public or sitting in with other musicians even without a microphone.

  • Any instrument sounds adequate when you are sitting at your kitchen table, but you will appreciate our big sound when performing, Christmas caroling, playing outside or in large auditoriums, etc.
  • When people hear me play unmiked at large conventions or trade shows, they are often amazed that such a big, beautiful sound is coming from such a slim little flute no more than four and a half inches long (11.43 cm).

Stronger Low Notes So That
You Can Play With More Emotion

Their strong-blowing low notes (relative to most ocarinas) mean that you can play slower pieces with more expressiveness and faster pieces with more excitement, punch, and drive.

  • Some people, especially at first, may prefer a subdued sounding ocarina that requires you to blow very softly on the low notes. The problem is that such an instrument can suck the excitement, passion, and drama right out of many types of music that you may eventually want to play. Hence, you can get stuck playing only a certain type of music.

Squeakproof High Notes So That
You Can Perform With Confidence

Their squeakproof high notes allow you more confidence to play in public and more freedom to play very quietly when you need to.

  • Some woodwinds emit annoying (and embarrassing) squeaks or squawks if you don't blow correctly on the high notes. Mountain Ocarinas® are very forgiving!

An Intuitive Fingering Pattern
So That You Can Learn Faster
And Go Farther

Their intuitive linear fingering pattern (similar to the saxophone, clarinet, flute, recorder, etc.) is not only easy to learn but will also permit you to play highly complex and ornamented music when you are ready.

  • While their tone is beautiful on slow hymns or airs, they are also ideal for playing driving Celtic tunes with all the traditional ornamentation. Native American, Jazz, Classical, Folk, Blues, you name it. In the long run you can make phenomenal music with these tough little flutes that weigh only a few ounces and fit in the palm of your hand.
  • And you can perform traditional Celtic ornamentation such as cuts and rolls more easily than on the bagpipes, tin whistle, or Irish flute.
  • Actually, anything you can play on the Great Highland Bagpipes, you can play on our ocarinas, which has caused a number of pipers to embrace our ocarinas as exciting pocket pipes.

Easy To Play So That
You Can Reach Your Goals More Quickly

Their quick learning-curve and unique haunting sound mean that you can be ready to play in public in months, not years. Sooner than that if you're already a musician!

  • Mastering any instrument requires lots of practice, but with our easy-to-play ocarinas and our step-by-step Learning to Play MOUNTAIN OCARINAS® music curriculum, you'll play simple songs from the first session. And you'll progress much more rapidly than you would on a traditional band or orchestral instrument. For example, after playing for a few months, a beginner will sound much better on the ocarina than they would if they had played the violin or flute for the same period of time. (Just remember that your best tone is not achieved immediately. Rather, it will continue to improve over time. Of course, the more you play, the quicker the process.)
  • Because Mountain Ocarinas® don't require any special blowing technique, or lots of air, or big hands, children can start at a younger age than with most other musical instruments. We have had nice results starting children as young as five or six. (Note: With younger children, ideally one parent should learn along with them.)
  • The carry-it-with-you factor can be a huge learning advantage! It is easy to rapidly improve your skills when you have the opportunity to make music for a minute or two whenever you feel a bit bored. A 12 or 13 inch long tin whistle or recorder is portable, but a four or five inch long ocarina is pocket-sized. For some of us, that makes all the difference.

Mountain Ocarinas® are lots of fun, but they are definitely not toys. In fact, these are instruments to grow into, not out of, because they are designed to play at a higher level when you are ready.

    


What Is The Magic
Of A Pocket-Sized Flute?

2) Freedom: Our truly pocket-sized instruments give you the FREEDOM to play anytime...

Freedom To Take It With You

With Mountain Ocarinas®, it is easy to bring your ocarina with you through life on its safety neckcord or in a pocket, purse, or belt case. As a result, you just naturally find yourself playing in situations you may not have dreamed of:

  • Sitting around a campfire with family or friends.
  • Backpacking along mountain trails.
  • Lounging on a warm sandy beach.
  • Biking, canoeing, caving.
  • In churches, nursing homes, or college dorms.
  • At family reunions. At highway rest stops. On mission trips.
  • Standing in a freezing New England stream to welcome the new year.
  • Anytime you want to soothe your nerves or brighten things up with a little music.

Freedom To Practice Whenever
You Feel Like It

With Mountain Ocarinas®, you are free to rapidly grow your skills whenever you have two minutes:

  • Waiting patiently in a parked vehicle.
  • Taking a quick, satisfying break from the computer.
  • Rewinding a video.
  • Sitting under a shady tree outside of your workplace.
  • Watching burgers on the grill.
  • Relaxing in the tub.
  • Playing with your children.
  • Running errands in the car. Passengers only!
  • Resting flat on your back after a long day.
  • (Investing small but frequent amounts of time into your ocarina will pay powerful dividends over time. Each moment spent playing is also an investment in your own future musical enjoyment and in your ability to serve others with your music.)

Freedom From Hassle

With Mountain Ocarinas®, you don't have to lug a bulky case around, or tune strings, or assemble components, or wet reeds, or disassemble and clean up afterwards — just so you can play for a few moments!

  • Those seemingly insignificant obstacles, taken together, form roadblocks that prevent many musicians from ever touching their band instruments after high school.
  • (What an incredible waste of all that time, effort, and acquired skill!)
  • With your ocarina, if all you have is five minutes, you are free to play for the entire 300 seconds.

Freedom To Play By Ear

With Mountain Ocarinas®, you can quickly develop the skill of playing by ear, making it easier to sit in with other musicians or to improvise.

  • Since your ocarina is with you when sheet music is nowhere to be seen, you naturally tend to experiment with a song someone was humming or that you heard on the radio. Then, one day, it dawns on you that you have gotten pretty good at playing by ear.
  • As a result, you enjoy playing music more and feel more like a real musician because you now have the ability to quickly and spontaneously play new pieces just by having heard them.

Freedom To
Enjoy Making Music

With Mountain Ocarinas®, you can experience the joy of playing an instrument as a relaxing anytime break. Too often, musical instruments are banished to a particular room in the house and are only played during scheduled "practice sessions."

  • Truthfully, you can't become an accomplished musician without lots of practice, and I am completely in favor of regimented practice routines. My son has a practice schedule, and he plays his ocarina for me whenever we go out in the car together. My point is that, through the ocarina, I have come to relish the experience of making music when I choose to play, not just when I have to practice.
  • With my ocarina, I can play at a moment's notice wherever I am. I don't have to run off and abandon my family every time I want to play a couple of songs. As a result, music has become what I dreamed about as a kid: a joy instead of an obligation. (Musicians know that you can experience this with any instrument. For some of us, though, it took a certain pocket-sized chromatic flute to make it happen.)
  • No musical instrument is right for everyone. But if you are a former musician who misses making music, Mountain Ocarinas® may be what you have been looking for.

Freedom To
Make Your Own Music

With Mountain Ocarinas®, you can improvise and compose your own songs whenever and wherever inspiration hits you.

Freedom From Worry

With Mountain Ocarinas®, you don't have to baby a fragile or sensitive instrument.

  • Mountain Ocarinas® are made tough so you don't ever have to leave them behind. (They are also guaranteed against accidental breakage, just in case.)
  • On a trip to Mexico that I took with a group of very musical people, my ocarina was the only instrument among us. (It often is.) The guitars, trumpets, bases, clarinets, etc., all stayed home. What a shame! After all, music is an international language, able to communicate even when words fail us.

Freedom To Stick With It

With Mountain Ocarinas®, many people find that they can stick with music, even when life feels too busy.

  • Mountain Ocarinas® are lifetime instruments that fit comfortably into a pocket...and into your active lifestyle. There is no need to trade them in for your high school diploma the way many of us did with our band instruments.
  • Personal Note: As a very busy adult —I'm an involved homeschooling dad with special needs children and a demanding business— I find time to play nearly every day simply because my ocarina is with me for whenever I have a free moment. On the flip side, I'm afraid it's been a long, long time since I've picked up my wonderful but bulky old saxophone. It just refuses to follow me around the way my ocarina does.
  • Playing Mountain Ocarinas® doesn't mean that you give up the instrument(s) that you already play. A number of serious flute, fiddle, keyboard, sax, trumpet, guitar, etc., players enjoy our instruments as take-along friends, as well as for performance.
  • Drummers are also attracted to them because they can wear an ocarina around their neck while performing and quickly cross over to a different type of music.
    


Can I Really
Learn To Play An Instrument
At Home?

3) Affordable Home Music Support: Mountain Ocarinas Inc. offers affordable learning materials and free online support to allow you to grow musically at home, without a private teacher.

Who Will Teach Me
To Play?

Our self-learning music curriculum called Learning to Play Mountain Ocarinas® consists of a 24-unit book with 3 companion audio CDs. It guides you step-by-step from sounding your first notes to playing from a book of folksongs or hymns.

  • Learning to Play MOUNTAIN OCARINAS® doesn't just teach you to play the ocarina. Rather, it teaches you to read music, which is a language that translates to any instrument.
  • Absolutely no previous musical experience is required.

    Really!

Where Can I Find Music
For The Ocarina?

To help you quickly develop a repertoire of beautiful songs, we also produce collections of music for our ocarinas, such as 300 Celtic Folksongs, Favorite Carols in Easy Keys and Favorite Hymns in Easy Keys.

How Can I Set Up
A Home Music Program?

Free email/internet support from MOMTM, the Mountain Ocarinas Mentor, is available to help you stick with music and reach your musical goals.

  • MOMTM is a musical mentor, providing encouragement, instruction, inspiration, and accountability to home music learners. Up to 10 family members per email address can receive individual help from MOMTM.
  • MOMTM helps you set practice and performance goals. Then she tracks your goals and reminds you of them because MOMTM knows that if you play a few minutes a day, you will be playing nicely within a year. In five years...WOW!
  • MOMTM's help is free of charge if you own our instruments, so families (especially home educators) can save thousands of dollars each year on private lessons.
  • In addition, MOMTM can help families avoid the hectic pace created by having to drive to all those private lessons.
  • And MOMTM helps you find ways to serve others with your music. (The most motivated musicians are those who are preparing to play for others.)
  • Over time, MOMTM will help you grow in your skills and musicianship with her projected forums and online tutorials. (We only recently launched MOMTM after a long period of preparation, so many good things that MOMTM hopes to offer are yet to come.)
  • Come what may —vacations, new babies, new jobs, etc.— MOMTM's goal is to keep music going, even when you forget.
    


What If My Ocarina Ever Breaks?

4) MOUNTAIN OCARINAS® Are Guaranteed:

We make our instruments tough precisely so that you will feel free to play anytime, anywhere. Nevertheless, if one of your MOUNTAIN OCARINAS® is ever accidentally damaged to a point where you can no longer play it, simply return it to us. We will replace it free of charge with an ocarina of similar value.

We hope that you enjoy playing your ocarina as much as we do ours!

Sincerely,

Karl Ahrens, COE (Chief Ocarina Enthusiast), About Me
Mountain Ocarinas Inc.


The owners of Mountain Ocarinas Inc.


Comments From Customers

I would hear them later "showing off"
their ability to their friends...


Dear Karl,

I wanted to write a quick "Thank you" for your ocarinas which you sent for our trip to Mexico. We had a great trip!

We did a musical program in several villages with a team of 17 musicians and many instruments including 3 acoustic guitars, electric bass guitar, congas, bongos, maracas, and tambourines. We used your "G" ocarina in every song to highlight the melody so that the children could learn the songs. It was so loud and clear that it stood above all of the other instruments, even without amplification!

It is the best and simplest way to teach a new melody. The children and the adults loved the sound and would gather around to examine them and play them. Even the children could learn a song very quickly, and I would hear them later "showing off" their ability to their friends.

Since our return, I have been using it in our worship services at church. It has a beautiful, clear tone, that really compliments the music.

Thanks again for such a great little musical instrument!

Sincerely,

Eric Hall

Pastor of Calvary Fellowship Church,
Wayne, PA.



I am amazed at the full bodied tone quality and clarity

Hello Gentlemen:

I got the most amazing instruments in the mail today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I looked at them and then hung one around my neck and immediately began playing it. I got, as you know a C and a G.

I have been making flutes (Native American) for many years and love them very much but these little Ocarinas are just as you said "Concert Quality" Instruments.

I am retired now and I go into the Mountains nearly every day. I will be leaving in a few moments for a walk in the Rattlesnake wilderness. I have decided on the G flute to wear and play today. I have a favorite rock along the Rattlesnake River that I like to sit on and play the flute simply for my own enjoyment. I am amazed at the full bodied tone quality and clarity.

Thank you for an exceptional job on designing this flute and thank you both for making them available to everyone. You could spend hundreds of dollars and still have a lesser instrument.

Congratulations and Thanks,

Papa John Manytrees

http://home.earthlink.net/~jnpherring


Opening a whole new world to me

Dear Karl,

I wanted to take a moment to thank you and your associates for opening a whole new world to me. I am 58 years old and have never played a musical instrument well.

I think it was sometime in May that my bride brought home one of your "Student" packages from a home school event here in Houston. It was for our 11 year old son, but I picked up your lesson plan to glance through it. I was impressed with its clarity and content. I listened to the first CD and followed the instructions. Now I'm hooked. After years as a percussionist and singer on our praise team, as well as plunking around on my guitar, I can finally read and play music. It's like learning a whole new language.

I am committed to go through the entire lesson plan (I'm now on # 16) and practice daily (give or take a sick day now and then). It is truly a joy, not only to read music, but to now be able to write the music the Lord has placed in my heart.

Thank you so much for all your effort...and your wonderful instrument...

Sincerely,

Biff Van Cleve
Mars Hill Productions
Missouri City, TX


It's obvious that you have a true passion for your ocarinas

Hello from Japan. :)

My wife and I just wanted to say thank you for making such a great ocarina. I am an American guy and me and my Japanese wife live in Japan. We received our ocarina in only 4 days after ordering. That is incredible service. And you only charged us for actual shipping costs. We were very impressed about so many things regarding your ocarinas and your company policies. The ocarina we purchased is high quality and sounds wonderful. I have been playing the tin whistle for a few months now, and decided to try out your ocarina. My tin whistle is a Clarke Sweetone.

We also ordered your Music Curriculum and the 300 Celtic Folksongs Book. The Curriculum is great. The cd's are really helpful and the books is well written. We love Celtic songs and they sound so beautiful on the Mountain Ocarina. It's wonderful that you made a Celtic song book specifically for the Mountain Ocarina. And over 300 songs! Your companies' products, policies and ideas are so well thought out... such a rare thing these days.

It's obvious that you have a true passion for your ocarinas. And not just trying to make a quick buck from your products. When we first visited your website, we were so impressed with the descriptions of your quality products. And the descriptions of being able to play a portable, affordable, quality and near bullet proof ocarina anywhere really caught our attention. I was never this excited about my Clarke tin whistle. We hope your company never loses it's personalized attention to service, well thought-out ideas, and quality (which usually can't be found in larger companies). And that neck strap... great idea! You guys just make too much sense. Thank you and keep up the great work and ideas!

Joe and Shizuka
Hokkaido, Japan


Our Products

(Note: All MOUNTAIN OCARINAS® include a fingering chart with tips and songs to get you started right away.)


Chromatic Hardwood Ocarinas

ocarina
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(Key of G)



ocarina
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(Key of C)

These precision instruments are beautiful in both appearance and tone. They are also built to last. We use attractive, stable, and extremely hard woods such as bocote, bloodwood, and Bolivian rosewood, and then we coat them with a tough catalyzed finish to preserve their beauty. In addition, they feature our unique resin liner which protects the wood from mold, mildew, swelling, and cracking.



Alternative Ivory Ocarinas

ocarina
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(Key of G)



ocarina
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(Key of C)

These precision instruments are beautiful in both appearance and tone. They have a highly polished, glass-like finish which looks like ivory inlaid with jade colored malachite. These flutes are made from Corian® which is a solid surface, nonporous composite that is unaffected by moisture. Because Corian® is nonporous, stains can't penetrate the surface, and neither can mold, mildew, or bacteria. Corian® also resists burns and scratches.



Chromatic Aluminum Ocarinas

(Super-Durable Hardcoat Anodized Finish.
Bronze/Gold in Color. Safety Neckcord Included.)


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(Key of G)


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(Key of C)


Chromatic Polycarbonate Ocarina
In The Key Of G


Key of "G" Ocarina - More ocarina pictures |

(Length: 4.5 inches or 11.4 cm)

Our polycarbonate ocarinas are precise replicas of our hardwood ocarinas. We even hand sand their windways. As a result, their sound nearly matches that of our hardwood ocarinas. Great sound. Very tough. They include a sturdy neck cord with a safety connector so you can wear them wherever and play whenever you want.


Chromatic Polycarbonate Ocarina
In The Key Of C


Key of "C" Ocarina - More ocarina pictures |

(Length: 5.5 inches or 13.9 cm)

Similar to our G ocarinas except that they are an inch longer, about half an octave lower in pitch, and mellower in sound. They include a sturdy neck cord with a safety connector


Self-Learning Music Curriculum


Complete Curriculum - Larger picture

By Cliff Schofer

  • Learning to Play MOUNTAIN OCARINAS® consists of a 40 page book (24 units) and 3 companion CDs.
  • This thorough introduction to music guides you step by step from sounding your first notes to playing from a book of folksongs or hymns.
  • Designed for learning on your own, without a teacher, so absolutely NO prior knowledge of music is required.
  • Note: The songs recorded on the instructional CDs are performed on a G ocarina.

300 Celtic Folksongs for
MOUNTAIN OCARINAS®

  • A wonderful collection of traditional music from England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales that sounds great on the ocarina. This book is also very suitable for other folk instruments. (We specify for MOUNTAIN OCARINAS® only because some ocarinas do not have enough range to play all the songs in this book)
  • Full of haunting ancient airs and ballads as well as spirited faster tunes.
  • The easiest songs are noted so that learners can quickly find songs that they can play.
  • Enough material to keep you busy for a long, long time.

Favorite Hymns in Easy Keys

A book of 45 hymns with lyrics and chords in an easy to read format.


Favorite Carols in Easy Keys

  • Nineteen favorite Christmas carols in easy to read and play settings, with chords and lyrics.
  • Chords and music are written so that a G or a C ocarina can play along with other musicians without transposing.
  • Includes a tutorial on how to play your G ocarina with other musicians.


Comparison Of Our Ocarinas
Picture *Key Made Of   Notes

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G
(higher
tone)
listen
Hardwood   These precision instruments are beautiful in both appearance and tone. They are also built to last. They feature our unique resin liner which protects the hardwood from mold, mildew, swelling, and cracking. Call for availability (888-423-5883).

larger
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C
(lower
tone)
listen
Hardwood   Similar to our G hardwood ocarinas except that they are an inch longer, about half an octave lower in pitch, and mellower in sound. Call for availability (888-423-5883).

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G
(higher
tone)
listen
Alternative Ivory   Our alternative ivory ocarinas are made from Corian®, a solid-surface, nonporous material. Because Corian® is nonporous, stains can't penetrate the surface, and neither can mold, mildew, bacteria, or moisture. Corian® also resists burns and scratches. Call for availability (888-423-5883).

larger
|
C
(lower
tone)
listen
Alternative Ivory   Similar to our G alternative ivory ocarinas except that they are an inch longer, about half an octave lower in pitch, and mellower in sound. Call for availability (888-423-5883).

larger
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G
(higher
tone)
listen
Aluminum   Super-Durable hardcoat anodized aircraft grade aluminum. Each instrument is machined to precise specifications. Bronze/Gold in color. Call for availability (888-423-5883).

larger
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C
(lower
tone)
listen
Aluminum   Similar to our G aluminum ocarinas except that they are an inch longer, about half an octave lower in pitch, and mellower in sound. Call for availability (888-423-5883).
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larger
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G
(higher
tone)
listen
Polycarbonate   Precise replica of our hardwood ocarinas. We even hand sand each windway. As a result, their sound nearly matches that of our hardwood ocarinas. Great sound. Very tough.

larger
|
C
(lower
tone)
listen
Polycarbonate   Similar to our G polycarbonate ocarinas except that they are an inch longer, about half an octave lower in pitch, and mellower in sound.

* All of the above recordings were made on our polycarbonate instruments. The "listen" links above are meant to demonstrate the difference in pitch between the "G" and "C" ocarinas not between polycarbonate, hardwood and aluminum.

** Our "G" polycarbonate ocarina is our most popular model. Our self-learning music curriculum is recorded with this ocarina, and this is the instrument that we generally recommend people to start with.


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Our Concert-Quality Pocket-Sized Flutes
That Give You
The Freedom To Play Anytime

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