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.

Feb 15, 2012

Humanatone : a very early user manual

This is a rarity : one of the first Humanatone user manual. It was folded in the cardboard box with the tin-plate instrument. What is interesting (and quite funny) is that the creator of the nose flute didn´t know yet what would be the use of this new instrument : played for concert ? At church ? For fun ? Please read the texts and you´ll be amused !

And here are some details. The texts are simply delicious and describe "with difficulty" such a new concept offering an "unlimited capacity of expression".


About metal Humanatones, check :

- Humanatone - part I : the metallic era
- New Humanatone ads
- The Two metal Humanatones
- Another metal Humanatone
- Humanatone boxes
- Another Humanatone box
- Humanatone: A very early user manual
- The Magic (Nose) Flute: only questions... .
- A Humanatone and clones chronology
- A Humanatone in 1892 ?
- Humanatone: Early promotional demos
- Another Humanatone archive
- Huma... something
- Rectification: Humanatone appearance date
- Great paper from 1903
- Nose Flute Pioneers: The Stivers - Part I
- Nose Flute Pioneers: The Stivers - Part II
- Nose Flute Pioneers: The Stivers - Part III
- Nose Flute Pioneers: The Stivers - Part IV
- Nose Flute Pioneers: The Stivers - Part V
- A Humanatone as a scientific tool
- Two other Humanatone Ads

And on later Humanatones :

- Humanatone - Part II : the Gretsch plastic era
- Humanatone - Part III : the Gretsch metal era



  1. This Sheet is PRICELESS!!! How many could there possibly be still in existence? It's probably the FIRST THING that got thrown in the Garbage after the Humanatone was removed from its Box. THANK YOU Antoine for Displaying this FINE PIECE of Nose Flute HISTORY.

  2. You are Right, Brian, and I warmly thank the one from which I got it! :)