Today I’m going to take a close look at the 12 hole Dragon Tooth from Songbird, which is a standard Alto C ocarina and has a pitch range from A4 to F6.
There also used to be a smaller version of this ocarina, a 6 hole Soprano G ranging from G5 to B6, which is sadly not available anymore.
Like most professional ocarinas, the Dragon Tooth is a strong airflow (or rising airflow) flute, meaning you need to 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.
Have a listen to this sound sample.
The Dragon Tooth is true to its name and without a doubt one of the most impressive looking instruments 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.
Metallic 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. The golden Opal Fire is a different variation of this process, resulting in an absolutely stunning exterior!
Despite their metallic appearance, the Dragon Tooths are in fact ceramic ocarinas.
What I like the most about the Dragon Tooth is the way you hold it. Normally, transverse ocarinas are held sideways, which looks beautiful but puts stress on your wrists and makes them hurt over time.
This instrument is different in the way that you hold it more like an inline ocarina (like a regular flute) but not entirely. It is somewhere in between, giving it the beauty of a sideways held transverse ocarina, while being comfortable to your wrists. This makes the Dragon Tooth the most comfortable transverse ocarina I have ever played!
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.
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, they are two of the highest quality ocarinas available, yet more affordable than most professional instruments I’ve seen.
Personally, I prefer the Opal Fire style due to its beautiful golden color and reflecting surface.
Both of these instruments have my stellar recommendation!
May the music be with you,