Dragon Tooth Ocarina Review

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Dragon Tooth OcarinasToday 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.

 

The Sound

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 Design

DragonTooth Fire Opal

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.

The dragon tooth comes in three style varieties – the Metallic Lustre, the Moscaic and the Fire Opal (currently unavailable). Their difference is only their appearance and price.

DragonTooth Metallic LustreMetallic Lustre, the one on the left, 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 on the upper right is a different variation of this process, resulting in an absolutely stunning exterior!

The newest addition to the family is the mosaic, shown on the bottom right, which simulates dragon scales and also features the coloration of the metallic lustre.

Despite their metallic appearance, the Dragon Tooths are in fact ceramic ocarinas.

 

Playing StyleDragon tooth Mosaic

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!

 

Extras

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

Please not that these ocarinas may be sold out at different times. Once you make your choice, don’t wait to get it, or you may have to wait weeks, if not months for that particular version to be available again!

 

Baby Dragon Tooth Ocarinas

dragontooth-baby-strawfire

Baby dragons also have teeth, and they are as beautiful as their adult counterparts!

This ocarina comes in two varieties: the strawfire on the left and another metallic lustre on the right.

They have 6 holes and range over an octave in Alto C from G5-B6.

Because of the organic variations in the lustre glazing and strawfire finish, no two ocarinas look the same. It is precisely their organic quality that makes them such a looker, apart from their unique shape.

dragontooth-baby-metallic

Each of them comes with a black necklace and songbook.

As for the instruments themselves, they have the same quality standard as the larger ones. If you are a collector or need two ocarinas to play different ranges, then you might want to consider getting two instruments in this series. They go together perfectly!

 

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, they are two of the highest quality ocarinas available, yet more affordable than most professional instruments I’ve seen.

Personally, I prefer the mosaic style due to its beautiful scales and reflecting surface.

All versions of this instrument have my stellar recommendation!

 

May the music be with you,

Allen

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6 Responses to “Dragon Tooth Ocarina Review”

  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..

  3. Jason says:

    Hi Allen, there are some comments saying that the dragon tooth opal fire gives airy sounds for all the notes played probably due to the effect of the opal fire. Is that true? I’m interested to get one but need to confirm that it would s not airy before I place an order. Thanks in advance.

    • Allen says:

      Hey Jason, I’ve had no such problem with the opal fire. No two ocarinas are identical, since they are hand crafted and tuned. It may be the person who said this got a slightly imperfect model, but generally the guys at Songbird Ocarina know what they are doing.

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