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 2, 2011

Review : what about Ebay nose flutes ?

Beside the ineluctable plastic Humanatones, one can find wooden nose flutes on Ebay. They are often the same (2 models), are said to be "ethically sourced", and cost from $8 to $12 depending on the merchant.

Those flutes are made in Vietnam. One model (the heart-shaped one) is made in rosewood and the other (classical shape) in... « fresh smelling Ethically sourced soft wood ».

What are they worth ?

Well, they play and sound quite correctly. They are not ergonomically at the top, in particular the classical one (the rosewood one has got a notch at the top which fits the base of the nose well).

The negative side is on the finishing. These pieces are made in a hurry, taking no care of the details. They surely are not made with machines, but not neither by meticulous craftsmen. The mouth hole, the duct and the labium are really not neat.

Let's say those flutes are worth their price, because there is human work on them, supposed to be "ethically paid", and that they work. But no more.
At equal price, better choose the rosewood one.

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