Dragon Tooth Ocarina

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Dragon Tooth OcarinasToday I’m going to take a close look at the 12 hole dragon tooth from songbird ocarina, which is a standard Alto C ocarina and has a pitch range from A4 to F6.

There is also a smaller version of this ocarina, a 6 hole Soprano G ranging from G5 to B6. You can read about them at the bottom of the page.

 

The Sound

Like most professional ocarinas, the dragon tooth is a strong airflow (or rising airflow) ocarina, meaning you blow stronger as you play higher notes. This gives you are larger dynamic range, because the instrument sounds softer on the low notes and generally more powerful on the high notes.

 

The Design

DragonTooth StrawFireThe dragon tooth ocarina is true to its name and without a doubt one of the most impressive looking ocarinas I’ve ever seen. Its sleek, round and yet hard edged design stands out in any collection and has awed people at a local street festival, where I once played it.

Another unique feature of this ocarina is the ridge line running along the length of the instrument. It separates the holes on one side from the holes on the other side and allows for a better grip.

The dragon tooth comes in two style varieties – the Metallic Lustre and StrawFire. Click on the images to find these ocarinas.

DragonTooth-MetallicLustreMetallic Lustre refers to lustre glazing, which allows ceramics to have a metallic appearance. Due to organic variations during the glazing process, the details of each metallic lustre are unique.

Straw Firing is a process where an already kiln-fired ocarina is placed in a straw filled container and fired a second time. The smoke produced by the straw gives the ocarina an organic design and its rich wood color. After the second firing, the ocarina is polished with organic lacquer and camphor oil.

Despite their wooden or metallic appearance, the dragon tooths are ceramic ocarinas.

 

Playing Style

What I like the most about the dragon tooth ocarina is the way you hold it in your hand. Normally, transverse ocarinas are held sideways, which looks beautiful but puts stress on your wrists and makes them hurt over time.

The dragon tooth is different in the way that you hold it more like an inline ocarina (like a regular flute) but not entirely. It’s somewhere in between, giving it the beauty of sideways held transverse ocarina, while being comfortable to your wrists. This makes the dragon tooth the most comfortable transverse ocarina I’ve ever played.

 

Extras

Both versions of the dragon tooth come with a long detachable metal chain, which I usually put around my neck and under one arm. Also, it comes with a booklet, containing a beautiful origin myth for the ocarina as well as sheet music for 13 melodies.

Have a listen to this sound sample, provided by the maker.

 

The Baby Dragon Tooth Ocarinas

dragontooth-baby-strawfire

 

When baby dragons lose their teeth, the result may be this!

The baby dragon tooth is a small Soprano G ocarina, which also comes in both the Metallic Lustre and StrawFire variety. Both have a mellow sound and are sweet on the high notes. Its range is from G5 to B6.

dragontooth-baby-metallic

Their sound and unique design make them my favorite Soprano G type ocarinas. Again, I prefer the StrawFire ocarina for its amazing coloration and texture.

As for extras, you’ll get a black adjustable necklace and a tutorial book that teaches scales and 12 songs.

Here is a sound example, provided by the maker:

 

Conclusion

The dragon tooth ocarina captivates by its design and organic coloration. It is well conceived ergonomically and has never given me any wrist pain like most other transverse ocarinas do after some time.

Overall, I believe the dragon teeth to be some of the highest quality design ocarinas available, yet they are more affordable than most professional ocarinas I’ve seen.

Personally, I prefer the StrawFire style due to its beautiful wooden color and texture, which is warmer and more natural than the Metallic Lustre.

Both the Altos and Sopranos have my stellar recommendation!

 

Here are direct links to get these ocarinas:

Dragon Tooth Metallic Lustre

Dragon Tooth StrawFire

Baby Dragon Tooth Metallic Lustre

Baby Dragon Tooth StrawFire

 

May the music be with you,

Allen

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4 Responses to “Dragon Tooth Ocarina”

  1. Thomas.A says:

    A very well written review, and I was wondering about the scale of the baby dragon tooth, so do you think you can give an idea of hire big it is?

  2. Thomas.A says:

    Sorry Allen, but I was thinking of the actual size of the instrument itself..

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