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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2016 12:13 pm 
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s1m0n wrote:
To be most precise, we'e hoping to understand the difference between an ocarina and a closed-end overtone flute. Where does the distinction lie betwixt this and an ocarina?


I'm only familiar with ocarinas, but if both ends are closed and you only have finger holes in it, then it's a Helmholtz resonator and thus a vessel flute. Vessel flutes typically have a neck (it's the air motion in the neck that produces the resonance as it acts like a mass on a spring), though I don't think they need to have one, if the instrument itself is already a pipe.

There are examples of flute like "ocarinas", like the instruments of MountainsOcarina

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Or the gemshorn:

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But the most telling thing is the sound. All ocarinas of the same volume basically sound the same. A tenor gemshorn sounds just like a tenor sweet potato ocarina, simply because vessel flutes produce only one note. Once you know the sound well, you can usually tell if you're listening to an ocarina or not.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2016 12:54 pm 
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Project Update: I'm backtracking and trying at this point just to make a basic wooden inline ocarina. Plainly I'm never going to get anywhere with the branched design until I can make a decent wooden fipple.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2016 10:12 am 
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Project Update: Had some success with the basic ocarina project, though I start to lose sound or volume when hitting the high notes (when all four holes are uncovered). Could use better tuning and I think I could still do better on the mouthpiece, though. In the meantime, real life--and to some degree project burnout--is slowing me down. At least now I know that I should make sure the mouthpiece works before I start carving out a big y-cavity.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2016 8:02 pm 
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Project Update: Had some success with the basic ocarina project, though I start to lose sound or volume when hitting the high notes (when all four holes are uncovered). Could use better tuning and I think I could still do better on the mouthpiece, though. In the meantime, real life--and to some degree project burnout--is slowing me down. At least now I know that I should make sure the mouthpiece works before I start carving out a big y-cavity.


I don't know much about ocarinas, and maybe Ocarinaforest could say better: but wouldn't it be possible to carve your wye chamber and attach, say, an appropriately sized recorder mouthpiece to it? I'd think this would solve the problem of reinventing the wheel and then allow you to progress towards solving the problem of the wye shaped flute.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2016 6:37 pm 
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It might be, whistlecollector, and thank you for the suggestion, but as I'm a stickler for detail and want the end result to look as close to the original as possible, so I'll have to solve the problem eventually.

I don't know why I'm having so much trouble with making a simple mouthpiece. Because really, hollowing out one or two chambers from a piece of pine for a test is the work of a few happy hours with a gouge. It's the rest I'm having problems with.


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