What type of flute is Coda?

Coda EDC Flutes belong to an ancient family of musical instruments known as vessel flutes, or globular flutes, dating back several thousand years.  Today, different types of vessel flutes go by many names around the world:  gemshorn, xun, ocarina, hun, tsuchibue, etc.  

Is Coda an Ocarina?  

Well, Coda is a type of vessel flute.  An ocarina is a type of vessel flute.  So, it’s up to you.

After laboring for years to develop Coda, I chose not to call Coda an ocarina for a few reasons.  1st, Coda doesn’t look like any existing ocarinas because I designed it with everyday carry in mind.  2nd, Coda’s interior chamber design is unlike existing ocarinas, which allows it to have a wide range and big sound with a surprisingly small footprint.  3rd, Coda’s patented Uni-Phi tone holes are unique and were designed to allow a more intuitive, fluid fingering pattern than those used by double chamber ocarinas.  (Of course, if you already play a double ocarina really well, you’ll probably prefer what you are used to.)

I first became smitten with vessel flutes nearly 25 years ago when I purchased a tiny clay ocarina from a Honduran street vendor in Boston.  That particular instrument was musically limited and far too fragile, but it inspired me to see the potential of a take-along flute, one that could fit into my adult life and accompany me on my adventures.  

Eventually, I left teaching to start prototyping and then manufacturing my own tiny, tough ocarinas:  Mountain Ocarinas.  They were wonderful, but –as a musician– I always wanted a bit more range than the octave and a third.

Skipping forward a couple of decades, Coda EDC Flutes are the long-term result of pursuing a clear goal:

  • to create a true everyday carry flute 
  • with intuitive fingering 
  • and great sound 
  • across two chromatic octaves (C5 to C7, plus).