From its earliest appearance in the ancient civilizations of the world the ocarina has possessed the allure of the flute while maintaining a mystique all its own.
The earliest ‘globular flutes’ (ocarinas) were made of clay and often were in the shape of small animals. The name ocarina was given to the instrument in Italy in the 1860’s . In the 1930s and 1940s ocarinas were called “sweet potatoes” in this country (USA) and during World War II the United States government issued mass-produced plastic ocarinas to its soldiers as a morale booster.
There is a whole family of ocarinas hand crafted from American Black Walnut.
Each one featured here is a highly finished and refined musical instrument.
The Junior and Soprano ocarinas can be worn around the neck; others come with a nice carrying bag.
Tenor Double Ocarina in F The double ocarina consists of two separate chambers(the upper chamber is in C), each with a range of one octave and pitched a 5th apart. They can be played individually or simultaneously for a harmony reminiscent of the old steam calliope.