It's been a long time.
I used to love the mountain ocarinas and have been almost obsessed with them.
I never became a great player nevertheless, mostly because anxiety and the lack of a satisfying silencer system didn't allow me to practice as I wanted to. Those are two very separate reasons by the way.
I searched for "mountain ocarinas" on youtube after several years that I don't play anymore, a few days ago, and to my astonishment I found I was still "returned" as the fourth result, thanks to David Ramos, Ubizmo and BerightBart.
Well, recently I got back into music again, because... I got a son. He's two months old and seems to like simple tunes on the ocarina very much. Fortunately I realized that I didn't lost much skill, and I am still good enough to have fun with simple tunes if I don't strive too hard for accuracy.
This is a perfect excuse to get an extra instrument (actually the fact that there are some purposefully meant silencers are indeed a very practical reason, not to mention the two octaves, although those have never been a huge limitation for the tunes I played the most).
So I'll likely get a CODA with some accessories.
But so far I just wanted to drop by and say "ciao" to everybody, and spread some love to you guys which never stopped being an awesome, warm, passionate community.