This blog is dedicated to the sublime instruments called nose flutes and which produce the most divine sound ever. We have chosen to discard all the native models from S. Pacific and Asia, for they need fingering to be played. We'll concentrate on "buccal cavity driven" nose flutes : the well patented and trademarked metal or plastic ones, plus, by a condemnable indulgence, some wooden craft or home-made productions.

Sep 14, 2011

Home made : the experiment of a reader

Mister Ralf P. of Leimen (Germany), regular reader of this blog, lead some experiments using the template I designed. He got a good (and working) result with cardboard and polystyrol, but experienced, as we did, problems with can tin, breaking when bent (on that matter : thin aluminium breaks when bent *because* of the heat provided by the bending, and it would be interesting to try to bend it while dipped in cold water with ice cubes...). Anyway, congratulations to him!


  1. After all the tin can nose flute works best, but is quite heavy, due to the soldering tin. The paper one works pretty good. I've got some problems with the plastic one. It's hard to get a tone.

  2. on the plastic one, have you made a bevel ? (you need to cut a bevel in the labium... it's not necessary with paper or can tin since they are very thin, but with the plastic, it's an obligation)