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music instruments

Our work with musical instruments began in 1977.

From a friend of mine, I learned how to make clay flutes like ocarina and how to shape them.

With the help of my partner at the time, they also became more musically demanding.

This is where the name Ton in Ton originated.

But it took several years for it to become more.

It was not until the 1990s that the musical skills of my current partner Edith added more flutes, some from my own production but also from other manufacturers.

There are classic wooden flutes, such as the soprano, alto or tenor recorder, the sopranino, the kindergarten flute, plus the pentatonic native Indian flute, the one-hand Tabor flute and the overtone flute.

There are also flutes made of reed in a wide variety of moods, as a recorder or transverse flute.

Later some classical Chinese wind instruments were added, such as the drone flute Hu Lu Si, the Di Zi flute, the Xiao or the Bawu.

In addition to the various flutes, we also offer reed instruments such as the bagpipe, the practice chanter, the punteira or the bombarde.

We also started building drums in the 1990s.

First with heavy soldier drums made of solid wood, later also smaller and lighter marching drums made of veneer wood.

After a while we started working on the Davul, which was continued to maturity at first traditionally and later with separately tunable sides.

We manufacture both versions today.

We included frame drums in our range early on, such as the shaman drum, the Irish bodhran or the ocean drum.

A special feature is the ton in ton frame drum we build. This frame drum can be tuned using screws in a two-part frame. It is covered with natural fur, which is shaved after completion and has a handle made of wild wood.

We can offer a larger selection of mallets for all of these drums.

Since we repeatedly present ourselves with our musical instruments at events, we have expanded our range to include simple instruments that appeal to a wider audience.

There are e.g. the percussion instruments such as tambourines, nut rattles, maraca, tonewoods, rotary drums and various shakers. We have also included unusual instruments such as the kalimba, the shrutibox, thejew's harp and the nose flute in our range.

This also includes sound instruments made of metal.

We dealt with the different versions of the gong, such as the feng, the Chinese wind gong, the heavier tam tam, the small table gong and finally the sun gong.

A special job was the familiarization with the material of the singing bowls. So we now offer twisted singing bowls from Japan that are rich in overtones, cast singing bowls with Tibetan patterns from India and handcrafted singing bowls from Nepal. Plus mini sound bowls for your pocket.

Wind chimes and a wide range of bells complete the offer here.

What was missing now are string instruments, which we had to approach a little more slowly at first.

The selection fell on less well-known historical instruments such as the psaltery, the melodyharp, which resembles a kantele, and the Appalachian dulcimer.

There were also plucked instruments such as the ukulele, the mandolin, the larger mandola and the travel guitar, a "normal" guitar with a smaller body.

 

But it shouldn't stop there.

We are currently working on other wind instruments as well as string instruments that we may soon be able to introduce.

 

 

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Ocarina

The ocarina is a small clay flute with a recorder mouthpiece.

Clay flutes have been known for several thousand years. Usually they were just simple pipes with 1 to 3 tones. They had a protective character and were used as talismans. Newborns and unbaptized children were given a clay pipe to protect them from evil spirits. Ultimately, bird figures on the chimney or the bird-like handle on the lid of a soup tureen can also be traced back to a pipe that was supposed to protect the house or the food from evil influences. Often these pipes were shaped like animals, mostly as birds or roosters, but also as horses, bulls, owls and much more.

The pipes were used as children's toys for a long time and were popular at festivals and fairs. Mostly bird calls were imitated. The clay flute did not develop as a real flute until the last century. An Italian potter formed a flute out of clay, the shape of which was held transversely and had a beak as a mouthpiece. This shape made the flute look a bit like a little duck, which in Italian means ocarina. This is how the clay flutes got their name, which then became internationally accepted.

Today there are many forms and variants of the ocarina. The number of finger holes, the fingerings and the range can vary widely. There are single-part flutes, but also two- and three-part flutes. There are small ones with a high tone and large ones with a very deep tone. The ocarina became known and popular again in the 1990s through the computer game Zelda.
As a flute, the ocarina belongs to the vessel flutes. Vessel flutes do not have a tube open at the bottom like most other flutes, but a ball-like closed vessel. Even if the mouthpiece is the same as that of a recorder, the shape of the vessel creates a different vibration and the sound is softer, not as shrill and deeper than one would assume based on the size of the flute.

We manufacture our clay flutes entirely by hand from fine white ceramic mass. So with every flute you have a unique piece in your hands.
After shaping and designing with glass and glaze raw materials, the flute is tuned chromatically with six finger holes and covers the range of an octave. The different sizes create flutes in all imaginable basic moods.

The firing temperature of over 1100 degrees Celsius gives it enough strength to withstand the occasional blows caused by wearing it without losing quality. The dimensions of the flutes are around 25 mm for the smallest ones up to a flute of 100 mm diameter that is barely tangible.
The flute always comes with a leather cord to hang around your neck, as well as instructions with fingering chart for the clay flute and further information about the manufacture of the clay flute and the history of the clay flute.

Die Brenntemperatur von über 1100 Grad Celsius gibt ihr genügend Festigkeit, durch das Tragen verursachte gelegentliche Schläge wegzustecken, ohne an Qualität zu verlieren. Die Maße der Flöten liegen bei cirka 25 mm für die Kleinste bis hinauf zu einer gerade noch greifbaren Flöte von 100 mm Durchmesser.
Zur Flöte gehört stets die Lederschnur zum Umhängen sowie eine Spielanleitung mit Grifftabelle und weiteren Informationen über Herstellung und Geschichte der Tonflöte.

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The bars are hanged up in the air on a woodblock.

The singel note is tuned in Mi

 

Zenergy-chimes

The zenergy chimes have larger bars, so the sound becomes more penetrant.

The single sound bar is available in the tunings La (A) or high Mi (E).

Also as a triad with three bars

 

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d-minor pentatonic. D - F - G - A - C - D - F - G

D Akebono D - E - F - A - B - D - E - F

Evry Hapi comes with two mallets and a bag.

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