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.

Apr 3, 2012

What about the Dan Moi ?

Dan Moi is a German wind and percussion instruments worldwide distributor. They sell a wooden nose flute probably made in Vietnam, that is available in 2 sizes : adult and child.

In fact, the shape is exactly the one of the Vietnamese nose flutes findable on Ebay, but there is one big difference... They are much much well finished that the Ebay ones (not perfect at all though). They are very well sanded, more regular (symmetric!) and some details get the benefit of a better finish.
The labium is not perfect, but is cleaner that what can be found on Ebay wooden flutes.

Thus, the sound - wooden type, obviously - is cleaner and with a nice range and power. Nothing comparable with a high-end wooden nose flute, like a Handler or a Zycha, but really a better choice (for the same price and the same shape) than the Ebay ones.

Still the problem, though, of the position of the air entrance, really not appropriate for many western noses with hard cartilage at the bottom. I'm personally forced to put the hole under one of my nostrils only to avoid air leaks, and get an asymmetric position (not fitted to hand free playing).

Here is a (crappily played) sound sample :

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