Review: STLOcarina Teacarina

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Thumbs up!"A musical teacup thats well worth having, even if you never blow a tune."
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teacarinaThere is no way, in any proper civilization, something like this would ever be put into my hands. This device has proven, beyond any shadow of doubt, that I'm still basically a 10 year old boy at heart, with a pile of whistles and noisemakers well beyond the prying hands of parents. Its Brilliant, Amazing, and the most annoying thing in the room to everyone who doesn't have one. Somehow this makes it even better, and I'd like to thank STL Ocarina for sending me one.

As you might have guessed, STL Ocarina is not, normally, a purveyor of tea ware, they are instead a retailer of a wide assortment of Ocarinas, from inexpensive plastic units for beginning students, to elaborate multi-toned affairs of clay. They are based out of St. Louis, and have been in the business of trying to bring back the Ocarina since 2005, having quite a bit of success in the realm of Orchestral music.

The Ocarina has enjoyed a surge of popularity lately due to its inclusion in the most recent game in the Zelda series. An Ocarina is a fairly simple instrument that utilizes the same basic principles as a flute, except you change pitch by changing the resistance to the airflow over the slanted hole near the front using an assortment of holes around the main resonance chamber. There is a wide assortment of Ocarina videos, both on the Internet at large, and from STL Ocarina themselves, poke around, it can be a very beautiful instrument in the hands of someone with the right talents.

The Teacarina is a well made, colorful, double-walled handle-less teacup. Its the perfect size for use with a tea pot, directly brewing the leaves in the cup, or even as a small single-person Matcha bowl. As its naturally ventilated its always cool to the touch, and feels firm and well made in the hand, I've even dropped it (unintentionally) without any damage whatsoever. Its machine washable (I believe, although it may not be glazed on the inside, so its probably best not to test it.) and all-together worth the $20 as a tea cup alone.

On the back edge of the cups lip there is a small slot, beneath that on the back of the cup is the angled hole which produces the sounds, and on the front are four holes of differing sizes (Largest to smallest) for changing the pitch. There is also a tiny pinhole on the bottom to allow it to drain in case you get tea in any of the holes. It came in a small box with a sheet showing you the correct fingering for several notes, as well as a fingering guide for Row Row Row your boat, and I believe "Take me out to the ball game" I believe this as I can't seem to find it at the moment.

I, as yet, am unable to play anything I'd describe as music. This is partially because I have only been practicing a little while with it, and largely because I have very clumsy fingers. Still, its irresistible to bust into a little Ocarina solo after each sip. I've almost gotten to the level of musical competence of the guy who strums one or two notes randomly on the guitar to catch womens attention and seem deep, without actually being able to play the guitar at all.

I strongly doubt there will ever be a Teacarina seat in any orchestra, or that vast amounts of music will be composed for it, but its exceptionally fun, and wildly addictive to toot away at. It also could hold some great novelty if your the sort that often has tea with friends, or even as an interesting piece for an otherwise Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony. In fact it does have me wonder if there is any traditional Japanese music written for the Teacarina, as Scotland The Brave might not be a fit for such an occasion.

This is one of the best ways I can think of to spend around $20, it does everything you'd expect of such a product, has a quality of manufacture of a much more expensive piece of tea ware, and is, above all else, fun! Just don't get this for a child if you ever want peace and quiet, or me for that matter for exactly the same reason.

— To purchase STLOcarina Teacarina, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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8 Responses to “Review: STLOcarina Teacarina”

  1. Lynn Says:

    That is just too cool for words!

  2. Troy Says:

    YES it is!, buy twelve, get your friends together, start your own harmony!

  3. Nicole Says:

    I’m just as bad at playing as you are but that hasn’t stopped me yet 🙂

  4. Troy Says:

    That sounds vaguely like a challenge, I say Teacarinas at dawn. We shall judge victory by the number of dead people oozing gray matter from their ears.

  5. linklover Says:

    i love it so much

  6. Giovanni Says:

    I use this for tea, as well as espresso. One day, I was pulling some espresso for my gamer-friend, then got out the Teacarina. I played a sound, then pretended it came from something else. When he found out that my teacup was an ocarina he was amazed. I got it as a gift.

  7. alonso Says:

    it is the bes ocarina the teacarina

  8. martinez Says:

    do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, si the best ocarina.

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