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.

Jul 3, 2012

Make your own brass nose flute in 15 mn!

Inspired by the experiments Hiroshi Tachibana made with a recorder (check this post), I decided to try something with a regular whistle. It is a success, and it took me less than a quarter of an hour!

I just took a regular brass whistle and filed it with a half-round file. Then, when the hole was done, I buffed the edges. Done!

Here is a sound sample : the sound is a bit "windy" because the labium window is wide, but the instrument is funny and really playable :

And here a video, for your amusement :



  1. Je connais ça!, j'ai du bon tabac.

    Cool, I have several referee whistles and can give it a try.


  2. Hahahah "j'ai du bon tabac ... mais il n'est pas pour ton vilain nez" !! :)

    Really funny to do. To have the best sound, better play it a bit twisted, in order make the "air entrance" fit your nostril shape...

    All the best!


  3. I find it amazing to see how simple and effective the concept of the nose flute actually is, proven by this 'whistle reversed into a nose flute'!

    Moreover, this nose flute seems to have a great and fast attack!

  4. Yes, it has a short air duct : this leads to a quick attack...


  5. It works!. I just made one:


  6. Great, Luis! I'm gonna post a "sequel" to my post !