Our original Ocarina Studio was on Sixth street in Madison, Wisconsin.
It was started in 1992.We moved our studio in 2004 to Eldorado Dr in Columbia,Missouri.
All our Ocarina are checked and tuned many times during the making process.The size of all the holes are adjusted to make sure the tuning is to A-440 concert pitch.We have a computer controled air pressure valve that can be used to check the tuning and each ocarina is given a final play using an electronic tuner to make sure it plays all the the notes in a smooth, balanced way.We will not sell an out of tune Ocarina.
Once Ocarinas are tuned they will never need to be tuned again.
We make all our Ocarinas out of clay which is what the original Italian Ocarinas where made out of.Clay works well to make an Ocarina because you can play the Ocarina before the clay dries also clay gives the Ocarina a very brite clear sound.
Ocarinas of all sizes record very well and can make a nice additoin to any recording project.By using the pitch shift feature on a program like audacity you can turn the sound of lets say an Alto Ocarina in to the pitch of a tenor , bass or soprano and them play another track on the alto and create harmony or a duet.It is fun and easy.Sixth street ocarinas have been featured in all types of recordings including folk, rock,bluegrass, classical and even radio adds.
Ocarinas have varying ranges but a general rule is a 5 hole plays 15 note,a 9 hole plays 17 notes, a 10 hole plays 18 notes, a 12 hole plays 21 notes.These are chromatic notes.
The ocarina is very played by a wide variety of people.It make a great first instrument even for very young kids so, age 6-7.It can also be appreciated by even the most advanced musicians.Ocarinas have been used to play music of all types including folk, rock, bluegrass,jazz and classical.It has been played in groups of all sizes from 2 to 100.
Ocarinas are a fantastic alternative instruments for the class. They’re easy to learn, easy to maintain and are very pleasing to the ear. Sixth Street Ocarina is happy to help any school who wants to start using Ocarinas in the classroom. Additionally, sets and discounts are available. Let Sixth Street Ocarina know if you’d like to buy a set of Ocarinas.