Here are 2 samples of the last clay flute model, which follow exactly the shape of the plastic Bocarina™ (well, it's more truly the inverse, plastic came later). So I won't write a review for them, since they follow the same technical specs and dimensions. Just a presentation.
For sure the look, the plastic ones more "modern" and the clay one with a "traditional handicraft" character.
Then, the weight. The plastic flute weight a bit less than 20 grams (precisely 19,5g), and the clay ones at least the double (44g for the blue one, and 52g the swirled mixed clay one).
Then the feel. Holding a clay Bocarina™ on your face gives a cool and fresh contact.
And then, the fact that the clay flutes are made in one piece, and not by clipping a part (the duct cover) on the shield, like on a ABS Bocarina.
For sure, while the technical specifications are the same, and the clay Bocarinas are made with a mould to insure a certain regularity (and efficiency) in the production, they are finished by hand, and more the clay is not as regular and precise as hot ABS injected under pression in a mould is. Therefore, obviously, some very tiny details are not 100% the exact perfection, but certainly not impinging the playablitity, which is quite similar to the ABS model.
On the same topic, you can read :
Bocarina™ part I : A South African Ferrari
Bocarina™ part II : The clay original
Bocarina™ part III : A player's report - by Birdy K.
Bocarina™ part IV : Chris Schuermans' interview
Bocarina™ part V : The Ones you'll never have...
Bocarina™ part VI : The Ancestors
Bocarina™ part VII : Experiments 1
Bocarina™ part VII : Experiments 2
Where to get a Bocarina™
Brionski Ebay store
Dan Moi online shop
Grothmusic online shop
And for larger quantities, for sure :
95 Farnham Rd. Lynnwood Manor
Pretoria, 0081 RSA (South Africa)
Cell phone no. +27 83 954 3224
Telephone no. +27 12 361 4659,
email : chris[at]schuermans[dot]org