Eh, it all depends on how much of an ear for music you have. The ocarina is probably the easiest instrument I've ever played. A half hour after I opened the box, I could play all the Zelda Temple songs.
Like someone said, buy it from Songbirdocarinas. Go for the Extended Sweet Potato I say, but take your pick. I have one, and my only complaint against it is the range.
At first, it'll be strictly novelty - something that isn't that impressive - like someone else above said.
However, if you're skilled with some woodwind instruments or you have a knack for the thing, the Ocarina could be a performance instrument and beyond. Good vibrato and pitch control is definately impressive to show off... even at big parties.
Myself? I love it. It's been a while, and I don't play it much anymore, but I can play a multitude of songs, from simple Zelda melodies to Ave Maria and Celtic traditional music. From slow songs like Amazing Grace to Clock Town Second Day and way beyond.
Well, you could do more with an extended range ocarina. I suppose this isn't unlike deciding between an average car and an awesome car.
Both will be fine in the easy tests (simple songs; most zelda themes), but only the awesome one will perform well in harder tests (Actual performance; tonal range of the instrument).
The only difference in beginning is that the Extended has more holes (one more in the back).
But unless you play in the higher ranges, you'll just be keeping your thumbs on the hole without moving them. So it's not that much harder to play compared to the normal ocarina.
I suggest going with Extended. In the end, you can do more and play more with it. The only setback would be it's harder to play. But read: only slightly harder to play in the beginning. By the time you'll be ready to tackle full high range songs, this shouldn't be an issue anymore.
So now I have to put $US into $CND , it will cost me lots of money if I take a XL but it is better....
And 2 last questions
From songbirdocarina.com:The XL model "Sweet Potato Ocarina" is a replica of the actual Ocarina of Time from the Legend of Zelda series from Nintendo, and is LARGER and DEEPER SOUNDING than the other Sweet Potato Ocarinas.
Is it very deeper? Is it the one he use in the video?
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I have yet another question, for those of you who ordered from www.songbirdocarina.com , did you get the normal or the XL? Oh and like Hylian Ranger said, is the XL a lot deeper, or just slightly deeper?