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.

Dec 1, 2011

Michel A. Paulus : Design for a metal flute

Filed Nov. 1, 1993 and registered Apr. 2, 1996, the patent USD368485 was applied for the design (only) of a nose flute by Michel A. Paulus, belgian citizen of Walcourt.

It is deeply inspired by the shape of the original tin-plate Humanatone by James J. Stivers, but differs from it by its very long and flat mouth cape, and its air duct cover, which is a rounded plate (1 curve), instead of a toric slab (2 curves) ended with a plane.

There is no provision of specifications regarding a supposed production, but I assume the instrument was planned to be built from a metal plate (at least from a folded material), since Fig. 2 and 3 shows two little fixing flaps at the base of the air duct, quite symptomatic of early metal nose flutes.

This patent notably refers to 2 previous nose flute ones : Charles M. Berry [US2197993], and Ernest W. Davis [US3131590].

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