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ubizmo
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« on: January 31, 2010, 08:32:10 pm »

I recently bought a wooden MO on eBay.  I knew from the eBay photo that it was all wood, with no polycarbonate insert; but I couldn't tell much else about it.  I was very surprised when I recieved it; it's tiny!  It's fully an inch shorter than the modern MO G, as you can see in this photo, with it next to a regular poly:

http://www.mediafire.com/imageview.php?quickkey=zwrlzwynmuo

edit: image embed didn't work.

So, this is a trip into MO history.  This MO is tuned in the key of G, even though the size made me expect a C soprano.  It's very, very light.  The sound is clear, but not nearly as bold as the modern MOs.  In fact, it's quite easy to overblow it and get no sound at all.  A few of the fingerings are different, and, as you can see, it's a 9-hole.  But if you note how close the R1 hole is to the fipple hole, you won't be surprised to learn that the fingering for low B involves extending the R1 finger over the fipple hole a bit, to bend the note down.  This works, but it's not as good as having that 10th hole.

I have large hands, and I can just about cover this ocarina completely by closing my hand over it.  For playing, it's frankly too small for me, and the sound isn't strong enough.  If this were the MO sold today, I'm pretty sure I'd be playing some other instrument.  As an artifact of MO history, it's interesting, and I'm glad I bought it, but it's no substitute for the modern MO.  Also, the position of the thumbholes is reverse.  The right thumb hole is closer to me than the left.  I could get used to this, no doubt, but it feels weird to me, having played the modern MOs so much. It came with a brushed leather case with a belt clip that looked much used.  In fact, it looked a lot more used than the MO itself--maybe it was used for something else!

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« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2010, 12:49:54 am »

Fascinating... <it is tiny!>

Are we 100% sure it is actually an "early" Mountain Ocarina?

Has anyone from MO verified that this as an earlier design "G" model?


Interesting find, Ubi!


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« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2010, 01:05:09 am »

It looks like a Hind to me.


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« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2010, 01:33:16 am »

It came with the MO Learn To Play book, with the different fingerings incorporated in the book, and the model I have is pictured on the cover. The rawhide cas also has the MO logo. I'm pretty sure this is a real paleo-MO. It does look a bit like a Hind, however, and the wood might even be walnut.

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« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2010, 09:26:11 pm »

It is a genuine MO. The absolute first generation if I'm not mistaken.


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« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2010, 11:00:35 pm »

Am I wrong or the LATEST hardwood ocarinas made where with NO polycarbonate insert? Thanks!


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« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2010, 12:15:58 am »

Am I wrong or the LATEST hardwood ocarinas made where with NO polycarbonate insert? Thanks!

The latest hardwoods are the same as the latest warmstones... with the top piece being polycarbonate.


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« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2010, 02:42:58 am »

Speaking of Ye Olde MO, someone at TON spotting this: * click *.  I'm not sure, but it looks like one of the earlier "Lego" models, minus the lower shell.  At least, I think there was a lower shell.  But, never having seen on in person, I can't be sure.

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« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2010, 04:31:47 am »

I looked at the enlarged view and I'd say you were right.  If you look closely at the mouthpiece you can see a sliver of the book below (or the neck cord) between the top shell and the liner.  Meaning something is missing.

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« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2010, 11:46:30 am »

Ubi,

That as well is a genuine MO. And it is actually the entire thing. Nothing missing. Our designs have come a long way since the first mo's.

--Cliff

Speaking of Ye Olde MO, someone at TON spotting this: * click *.  I'm not sure, but it looks like one of the earlier "Lego" models, minus the lower shell.  At least, I think there was a lower shell.  But, never having seen on in person, I can't be sure.

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« Reply #10 on: February 13, 2010, 01:27:32 pm »

I am glad they no longer look like legos . I, prefer the current remote control look. I mean who doesn't like remote controls.   Now if only it changed the channels on the tv also it would dominate the Ocarina market.  Smiley   one Ocarina/remote to rule them all.


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« Reply #11 on: February 13, 2010, 04:16:25 pm »

So that was even pre-Lego?  I've seen a photo of the Lego model, and I don't remember that tone hole up near the voicing.  I think Vertigo has a point: Next time someone complains that the current MO poly is ugly, show them one of those.

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« Reply #12 on: February 13, 2010, 04:55:49 pm »

Wow... Although is hard for people to make me feel  bad, you guys are actually achieving it... I am the one that actually bidded on this MO for my nephew  Cheesy.

Actually, now that I think about it he'll like it even more if a tell him that it is a Lego special edition from MO, hehehe.


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« Reply #13 on: February 13, 2010, 06:25:46 pm »

And tell him they're very hard to get!

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« Reply #14 on: February 13, 2010, 07:13:51 pm »

Although now that i think about it, it would be cool to stack up different ocarinas and build like a super harmony ocarina .... in the shape of a helicopter, or a car , maybe a boat or star destroyer.

Someone will read this and it will get back to the lego makers and they will make their new instrument line of legos and have to pay MO royalties for the idea.
 who wouldn't want a lego guitar or lego sax.


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