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.

Mar 19, 2012

The silver flute of the Museum Ringve

« Today Ringve Museum is Norway’s national museum of musical instruments with a collection of around 2000 numbers.About 700 of these are so called classical European instruments besides European- and non-European traditional instruments. In addition to this the collection consists of around 25000 sheet music prints, an extensive collection of photographs, a sound archive with pianola rolls, polyphon records, phonograph rolls and various phonograms »

In the collection, there is a nose flute. It's a silver nose flute made in 1976, copied from an 1930's original stamped « Fabrik Marke Haus » ("trade-mark").So, it should be German...

The info label says :

     Copy of a nose flute formerly owner bought at Hamar approx. 1930.
     The original is labeled "Fabrik Marke Haus".

     Production: 1976
     Manufacturer: Bryhni, Haakon
     Production Location : Lokken

     A copy of an older nose flute. Column Flute of silver with insufflation through the nose into a trunk shaped, flat column against the slanted edge is approx. 6 mm. from the slot. The mouth is held against the rectangular opening framed by the opening slot and the tapered edge.

Id number:
     RMT 76/9

Link to Ringve Museum website


  1. That's what I call "HEAVY METAL" !!!!

  2. They do not specified the weight, but be sure it's heavier than a Humanatone :)

    All the best


  3. Ringve also has a Humanatone in its collection:

  4. Hello Daniel,

    Thank you for the info!

    It seems that you work at the museum...
    Please can you tell me where is/was the original metal flute ?
    What is a loan or is it still at the Museum ?
    Was there a drawing with the stamp "Fabrik Marke Haus" ?

    Best regards and greeting from France,


    1. Haakon Bryhni made the metal nose flute that is in the Ringve collection, copying an instrument that had the label "Fabrik Marke Haus". His copy was donated to Ringve in 1976. Unfortunately, we don't have any more information about the original than what is in the online catalog. We can neither say how exact a copy our flute is. However, since Haakon Bryhni worked as a dentist from 1928 to 1970, I assume that he normally did precision work. Here is a photo of his office:

      There are also other types of nose flutes in the Ringve collection. Enthusiasts might be interested in some of the cane instruments:

      Ohe Hano Ihu from Hawaii, made by Ambrose Hutchison. RMT 266 266

      Balingil from the Phillipines, RMT 85/9 85/9

      Patete from Surinam, RMT 96/6 96/6

  5. Hello Daniel,

    Thank you a lot for your precise info!

    Kind regards,