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 Post subject: Focalink (Stein) Ocarinas
PostPosted: 21 Aug 2012, 04:31 

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 Post subject: Re: Focalink (Stein) Ocarinas
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^ I have the dolce triple and its great. With excellent service. Just sayin. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Focalink (Stein) Ocarinas
PostPosted: 22 Aug 2012, 11:28 

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I love my plastics and plan on getting some of the strawfired ceramics.


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 Post subject: Re: Focalink (Stein) Ocarinas
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I owned the strawfire set of four for about a year, and I can ratify that they are wonderful ocarinas. I was very happy with them, but found that my tastes changed. Focalink makes wonderful ocarinas, which I would be happy to recommend to anyone ;)


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 Post subject: Re: Focalink (Stein) Ocarinas
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I love Focalink's strawfired ocarinas, i never had any singles but i did have a Double SG, Double AC, Double AG and a Dolce Triple AC. The latter two i miss sometimes, i enjoyed playing them very much, and i loved their smokey smell ^^


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 Post subject: Re: Focalink (Stein) Ocarinas
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Hehe barbeque ocarinas are the best ;)

I had the Dolce Triple AC which I really liked, although I never used the third chamber. I currently have the focalink plastic AC which is also very nice.


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 Post subject: Re: Focalink (Stein) Ocarinas
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A little off topic but: Hehe my dolce triples name is barbeque... In chinese.


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 Post subject: Re: Focalink (Stein) Ocarinas
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Their plastics are pretty much the gold standard of plastic ocs.


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 Post subject: Re: Focalink (Stein) Ocarinas
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FortyTwoBlades wrote:
Their plastics are pretty much the gold standard of plastic ocs.

I disagree. While Focalink plastic soprano C is a good plastic ocarina, their plastic alto C has bad, airy high notes and suffers from condensation issues. I was not impressed when I tried it. It is certainly not the worst plastic ocarina, but it is not the best.


If you want a great Focalink ocarina, I'd say forget about plastic toys and buy their "Forte" set of single-chambered ocarinas. They are among the best ocarinas I've tried, in my opinion, and they play like traditional Italian ocarinas from Budrio.



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 Post subject: Re: Focalink (Stein) Ocarinas
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I meant it in the sense that it makes a very good plastic oc to use as a standard for judging others. Just because it's "gold" doesn't mean there aren't "platinum" ones. :D For what it's worth, I had the same experience as you with my alto at first, but with time to grow familiar with it I no longer experience weak notes at the higg end of its range. I find that condensation is only a big issue for the first five minutes of play. Once warmed up condensation is minimized. Your mileage may vary. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Focalink (Stein) Ocarinas
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That is interesting. I've always had positive experience with Focalink personally. In my opinion, i think the ocarinas sold are fairly priced, and i never had a problem with the lacquer on any of the Focalink ocarinas i used to own...


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 Post subject: Re: Focalink (Stein) Ocarinas
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I would also say that Focalink ocarinas have great service. I've met in person the owner of Focalink, Zack Shih and he is a really nice person - very dedicated to quality of products and service.

And while I don't like plastic ocarinas from Focalink (or by anyone else, to be honest), I can only say great things about their "Forte" models. I think out of all oriental ocarinas, Focalink Forte series comes closest to the traditional Italian ocarina from Budrio.


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 Post subject: Re: Focalink (Stein) Ocarinas
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Sorry for my ignorance, but I have just a question: what is the difference between Forte and Dolce models? I have all the time heard those classifications but I never understood the specific characteristics!
I have a Double Focalink AG, it sounds very good bud I don't like the fingering.


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There are significant differences. Regular Focalink ocarinas (or as some people call them, "Dolce") require gentle breath and have weaker, sweeter sound. Focalink Forte ocarinas require rather stronger breath and produce much louder and richer sound. There is also a considerable difference in price and single chambered Focalink Forte ocarinas are, as far as I know, only available in a set (SC, SG, SF and AC).


On Focalink's website, you can compare Forte ocarinas with regular.


As I stated earlier, I personally prefer Focalink Forte ocarinas much more, especially their single chambered ocarinas. They are excellent ocarinas, have very nice sound and are comfortable to play. I'm not nearly as much impressed with regular Focalink ocarinas, even though they are quite decent, too.



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 Post subject: Focalink ocarinas / new website
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Dear all, Focalink's new website http://www.steinocarina.com has been released just now. My newly-designed protection cases for ocarinas have also on the new website. You are welcomed to visit it. Thanks.

Zack Shih / Focalink ocarinas

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Wow, i'm so glad the new cases are available! When we were in Budrio, Yung-tai Liu demonstrated to us the excellent protection they provide - he dropped the case on the floor, opened it up and showed us the undamaged ocarina inside, brilliant! Really like the subtle decoration on the cases too, they are fantastic! Thanks for the update Zack, i may make an order soon! :D


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 Post subject: Re: Focalink (Stein) Ocarinas
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I'ts great to see that the cases are finally available! I was quite curious about them when you told me about them a long time ago and it was certainly nice to see them in Budrio. Thank you very much for the update :D .


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 Post subject: Re: Focalink (Stein) Ocarinas
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Thank you for all your comments. There are some videos inside to show the sound samples to you. Should you have any suggestions or comments about my new website http://www.steinocarina.com please do not hesitate to advise. As always, I will do my best to make everything as perfect as possible. Thanks again !


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 Post subject: New Focalink Protective Case
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Hi, I am interested to buy Focalink latest protective case with memory foam. Has anyone is using it? What is your review on this product?
Thank you for your reply is advance.

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 Post subject: Re: Focalink (Stein) Ocarinas
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Hi ENSG, i purchased a Focalink AC last month with the new protective case, and i can say it is definitely worth having if you are wanting something decent for travel. The exterior is tough and the interior has very generous foam padding. Be aware though that i think the cases come in three sizes, so if you're going to get one, make sure you get the right size for the ocarina you have in mind to keep in it. The one that came with the Focalink AC is very spacious, and i can get more than one like-sized ocarina in there, and they don't hit each other inside when zipped up (i've shaken it rigorously to test this, and all seems well). However i don't recommend putting a large ocarina in there with a small one, as i would expect the smaller one to move around too much due to the space created by the bigger one (say for example, and Alto C and a Soprano C). If you're keeping more than one ocarina in there, make sure they are as similar in size as possible. And as a precaution, if you put more than one in there, it would be a good idea to put something soft between them just in case.

Overall, i can't fault this case at all, it does the job, and i'm very happy with it :)

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