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.

Mar 24, 2016

The Bocarina® Pro - Part III : Prototypes

As far as we remember, Chris Schuermans told us about his project for a new Bocarina® some three years ago. Since that time, we often have been discussing with Chris about the advancement of the new model, but also and mainly the tricks, difficulties and problems he encountered.

No, designing a new nose flute with a technical and musical exigency in mind is not an easy, smooth and linear way. More, bringing the virtual design to the market is a very tortuous path with its own snares and traps. And even more, each step, from having a prototype printed or milled, to the creation of a injection mould, trying different plastics to find the most suitable, and then having modifications applied to the mould... Each step *is* a cost, and the whole process a huge investment. Time, volition and money.

Have a look at those prototypes (there were certainly more of them...) :

And check the differences (shape, size, fipple, nose cut...) between the first proto and the (almost) final model:

And just for those images of the milled prototype beauty not to fall into oblivion (they have been under embargo for a long time, indeed!):


Related links :

- The Bocarina® Pro - Part I : A new star is born !
- The Bocarina® Pro - Part IIa : Reviews
- The Bocarina® Pro - Part IIb : Reviews
- The Bocarina® Pro - Part III : Prototypes
- The Bocarina® Pro - Part IV : Interview
- The Bocarina® Pro - Part V : Ceramics



  1. Wow, prototypes have always been my favourite. I wish I could test them.

  2. Great Photography -- as always... Thanks Antoine!