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.

Jan 8, 2013 origin for the name?

Do you remember Flapi, the spanish-basque fluo plastic nose flute produced in 1988? Some of us wondered what such a commercial name could come from...

Well... I found a comic, that was also a cartoon, which was broadcast in Spain from 1979 and featured a couple of squirrels. The two little heroes were names Banner and Flapi (Flapi was the lady), and the cartoon Banner y Flapi.

Could this have been the origin of the nose flute name? The funny thing is that the typo used for both the comics and the nose flute resemble much.

A Banner y Flapi episode:


  1. The Basque nose flute creators' grandchildren probably loved watching this show... Was there also a cartoon with Bollo & Froby?

  2. Oh... the children, not the grandchildren. Well, I found no origin for Froby yet. But regarding Flapi, Bianca Celestino commented:

    "JÁ jajajaja! yes! can be! I remember Banner y Flapi! jajaja"