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.

Jun 16, 2012

Maikel Mei's metal flutes: Copper!

Before to have his jewel silver nose flute made by the goldsmith Jelle Hogenhuis, Maikel Mei had several attempts of having make on demand a "swan" shaped metal nose flute. One of them was made in copper, and he sent those pictures to us. Thank you!

« The copper flute was made for me by an artist/copper worker while I was in Russia at the time. »

It is signed by a monogram and engraved with what I suppose to be the fabrication date, April 15, 1996. It's a quite rough nose flute, with its apparent pewter weldings, but is not deprived of a certain charm. The result, on the sound side, did not reached the level expected by Maikel, and that is the reason he kept on in his metal quest...


  1. This flute was manufactured on the day that is stated on the front, 15 April 1996. That sounds so long ago now!!! It is a charming little work of art in its own right & a nice souvenir indeed!

    I really liked the idea of the artist putting his logo on the front instead of the 'swan logo'. That gave me the idea to use my own logo in the paintings that I did!

  2. Can you read the monogram? is it O∏t ? (with the cyrillic ∏?)

    Thank you for having sharing your marvels !


  3. You're quite welcome! I hope other people will like the idea as well and possibly get inspired by it, creating their very own kind of nose flute!!!

    The monogram actually is in Georgian, which unfortunately I still cannot read....;-) The artist came from Tbilisi, the capital of the Georgian Republic. He also produced drawings and paintings.