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 13, 2013

The Ocariflûte / Oclariflûte - Update

I found an original of the issue #1 of the Catalogue général de la Société de la Gaîté française and it changed a bit my thoughts about the Ocariflûte/Oclariflûte name...

This catalogue is a novelties french catalogue, proposing the same kind of joke items than the Johnson Smith did in the USA, but also some musical instruments, and notably the Bigotphone series (cardboard instruments). On the very last page, the printing date: 1930.

So, the name "Ocariflûte" was later than the original "Oclariflûte". I just amended and updated the post about this instrument, and added better images (scanned from the original catalogue).


  1. ChÈR Antoine, the Bigotphone originaly was a mirliton/kazoo instrument in the form of a windinstrument. Invented by msr. Bigot from Paris, France. Later 'Bigotphone' which was later shortened to 'Bigot'was adopted for the telephone in French Canada. Just something to start a conversation on during a boring party...

  2. oh, "bigophone" was also used in France to say telephone !


  3. The musical bigotphone/bigophone was marketed in the U.S. as Vocophone in the late 1890s. The Zobo and Songophone were similar, but made of metal and the membrane was located differently.


    1. Hello. As a hobbyist maker of both nose flutes and kazoos. I am glad to see a post from you here.