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.

Oct 7, 2014

The Nazoo!



Rather excited by the idea of a nose-flute/kazoo (see this last post), I decided to try to build one. So I took a regular Schwan Nasenflöte, and a plastic kazoo equipped with an horn amp (kind of a reversed ear trumpet).

I cut a small disk on the base of the nose flute airway, with a circle cutter, then sanded a bit the countoured text and logo. The nose flute was ready.



There was a little more work on the kazoo, in order to get the whole small vibrating cylinder and its elements. I sawed roughly the area, then closer to the chimney edges, then filed, then sanded, then buffed. Finally, I was able to glue the cylinder on the nose flute, put back the waxed paper disc and the cover over it.



Job was done! The Nazoo was born!



A rather funny instrument... And last but not least, the trumpet amp provides a vert good grip, and makes you look like Siegfried blowing his horn!



Oh! And does it work? Well, to be honnest, using the kazoo by blowing through the nose doesn't produce an impressive sound (nose breath is not powerful enough to get the whole vibrating potential of the waxed paper), but I let you judge by yourself:



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8 comments:

  1. Neat design, funny film!

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  2. Bravo Antoine! Très drôle cette filme

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  3. Very very smart idea!!!!

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    1. Thank you YW ! You could have done it! :)

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  4. Very cool.

    I have tried humming with my nose in my own homemades (such as: http://donluispersonalwebsite.weebly.com/blog/october-30th-2012). but cannot get good volume. They do work fine humming with the mouth.

    If your resonator is waxed paper, you may try replacing it with thin plastic from a grocery bag or food wrap film.

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    1. Hi Don Luis! I will try with other kind of membrane. Thanks!

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