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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

STL Ocarina Review and Giveaway (Closed)

Product: STL Ocarina
Category: Children's, Teens, Adults
Price: Varies

The Ocarina  became popular again after the video game "The Legends of Zelda" featured it in their Ocarina of Time game, but it has been around since ancient times when it was played by the Mayan, Inca, and Aztec civilizations. Ocarinas have been found in India dating back to 5,000 BC and now you can have one of your very own. These pottery wind instruments are easy to learn and the sound is unique and unforgettable!  At STL Ocarina, you can choose from a wide range of these ancient inspired instruments and begin playing in no time!

STL Ocarina provides a variety of ocarinas to choose from, and they are very affordable, making them perfect gifts for all your family and friends!! They range in difficulty levels: Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced and are available for collectors and educators alike. They come in a four-hole version on up to a 12-hole, as well as double, triple and quadruple varieties. The prices range from under $10 on up to over $1000, so it is designed to be an instrument for any level of commitment.

Under $10:

The 6-Hole Ocarina is made of plastic (geat for beginners and young learners), and ranges in pitch from a C6 to E7.

Available in blue, green, white and yellow.

Price: $8.00

The Killer Whale (as well as the Blue Dolphin) range in pitch from G5-G6
and comes with a free instructional booklet and neckstrap.

Price: $9.99

The plastic ocarinas are perfect for a child or beginner, as it does take a bit of coordination to learn how to properly hold and maneuver the instrument. Most children can learn to play the instrument in a matter of minutes. The ocarina reminds me of the recorders that my children brought home in early elementary school. If you remember these, it is easy to comprehend how to play the ocarina. If you have never heard the sound from an ocarina, visit THE LISTENING ROOM for an example of the sounds that can be produced.
Example of different sizes and shapes!
The ocarina comes in a variety of sizes, colors and shapes and you will certainly be able to find the perfect one for you and your loved ones at STL Ocarina!!

12 Hole Infinity Ocarina
My Experience: When my ocarina arrived in my mailbox, I couldn't wait to try it! I never played any musical instruments in elementary or high school and have since regretted it. When I opened the box, I found the ocarina in a protective bag (very handy) and inside it was the most beautiful ocarina in a beautiful blue color. It also came with a neckstrap and a songbook that included a DVD to learn how to properly play the instrument.
The 12 Hole Infinity is one beautiful masterpiece!! It is about 5.5 inches long and is tuned to the key of C Major. It plays both flat and sharp notes. When I first removed it from its protective bag, I was surprised at the quality of the piece. I couldn't refrain from blowing into the mouthpiece and I was rewarded with a musical note that was effortless to do! The songbook provides a good variety of beginner songs and even though I have a lot of practice ahead of me, the ocarina was a dream to play!! I wouldn't recommend this ocarina for a young child as it is breakable, but it is a good start for a teen or adult! Like I said, I have never played music before, so not familiar with the keys, but C Major makes for a delightful sound and song! I still have a lot of coordination to get my fingers to work like they should, but the fun is in trying and trying again to perfect the song!  I look forward to playing it for a long time to come and it has quickly become one of my favorite collectible pieces! I highly recommend this product and give it my seal of approval!!!

Where to Purchase: STL Ocarina website

Through the Christmas season, STL Ocarina offers NEXT DAY SHIPPING! Express shipping available!

Win it!
One winner will receive One STL Ocarina PLUS a guidebook!!! (Sponsor to determine model)
It's easy to win, simply visit STL Ocarina and tell me which model ocarina you would like to try!! Fill out the form below with your name and email address and complete the mandatory entry! That's it!

Giveaway is open to United States residents aged 18 years or older. Void where prohibited. Giveaway ends on January 14, 2011, midnight central time. 

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WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!! WINNER has been chosen and is David H. Congratulations!!!! 


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