Peruvian ocarinas are pendant style ocarinas with 4 to 10 holes that are made from Peruvian clay. They come in a large variety of hand painted designs unique to each instrument, which makes them very recognizable.
These flutes have played an important role in ocarina history and come from a line of traditional South American instruments. Once upon a time, they may have been used in tribal rituals.
Peruvian Ocarinas – Instruments or Souvenirs?
What you really need to know about these ocarinas is to completely disregard them as musical instruments. Their primary purpose is to serve as novelty items or souvenirs, which are great for collecting due to their beautiful and interesting designs.
In terms of music, Peruvian ocarinas are dysfunctional, as they are never tuned properly and make windy sounds. In fact, their terrible sound quality is legendary among ocarinists.
If you are interested in learning to play the ocarina, please stay away from these. I’ve seen many young people buy a Peruvian as their first ocarina, only to end up being disappointed. Some don’t even realize how bad these ocarinas are and embarrass themselves or become discouraged. You can collect them, but you shouldn’t play them.
A Sound Demonstration
|Check out this video to get an impression of the bad sound quality. Notice to how windy these ocarinas are – they don’t produce fully resonating sounds.
So yes, better stay away from Peruvian ocarinas when it comes to music.
As always, here is my experience in short.
May the music be with you :)