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.

Nov 16, 2012

Historic Nose Flutes - Couchois' Whistle: Building

Some historic nose flutes have totally disappear or haven't even been produced or commercialized. Our goal, here, is to reconstruct them, as close as possible to the original, with the help of the patent drawings and descriptions.

[Sequel of the post Couchois' Whistle: drawing a template]

Again, I used repositionable glue to fix the template on a sheet of 0.5 mm tin plate, then cut the pieces and drilled the holes. However, I kept one of the airway side uncompletely cut, in order to have it staying stable (not deformed) for the soldering.

Then, I began the soldering. First the airway.

Next, folding the nose shield around a 11 mm diameter tube (a pen) in order to form approximately a 90° angle. Then, soldering it to the airway.

Now, making the 23 mm diameter tube. I could have looked for metal tube of the right diameter, like a broom handle for instance. But it would have been made in another type of metal, and certainly would not have had the same thinness that my plate. So I made it by myself, rounding the rectangle around the cap of a plastic cap, and finishing the circle with small flat pliers. Finally I soldered it.

I filed the labium...

.. and soldered the disk to the mouth tube:

Last but not least, I made the most difficult soldering to comple the flute:

The Couchois' replica is not completed yet: I want to electroplate it!

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On the same topic :

- Historic Nose Flutes - The Nasalette: Template
- Historic Nose Flutes - The Nasalette: Building
- Historic Nose Flutes - The Nasalette: Review
- Historic Nose Flutes - Couchois' Whistle: Template
- Historic Nose Flutes - Couchois' Whistle: Building
- Historic Nose Flutes - Couchois' Whistle: Review
- Historic Nose Flutes - Grierson's Whistle: Template
- Historic Nose Flutes - Grierson's Whistle: Building
- Historic Nose Flutes - Grierson's Whistle: Review



  1. It couldn't look any better! Could you post a picture of the Couchois cardboard replica together with this tin replica, before and after electro-plating?

  2. Thank you Maikel!

    Electroplating has not been done yet, I wait for some chemicals... When it's done, I'll post the series, OK!

  3. Good job!. Another piece of history brought back to life.

    I have been thinking about possible toxicity from the solder. You can use lead free, but I wonder what did they use in older flutes.


    1. Hello Luis,

      On my "replicas", I use lead-free solder.

      Rgerading the vintage flutes, they certainly were soldered with a mix of lead. But I don't think it is a big problem: On one hand, there is no solders entering your mouth (It would be much different with a kazoo), and on the other, I almost never play them! I restore them and regard them as "pieces of history" or collector items...

  4. Great job, AMAZING !
    I think may be one can take the idea of a water warbler and combine with a noose whistle then we will have a 'Nose Warbler Whistle'
    Avner Strauss

  5. Thank you Avner! Yes, it should be possible, for our greatest fun! :)