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.

May 26, 2012

Clarytone : The moulded shell

As exposed here earlier, the Clarytone is the ancestor of the Bocarina.

Chris Schuermans sent us other pictures from the origins... The first ones are views of the epoxy putty model of the first generation of Clarytones. It is quite interesting to compare with a finished clay model, in order to see what was obtained by moulding, and what was added (or removed) later by hand : all the "sound system" (air entrance, airway, mouth hole, labium...), plus the stamped logo.

The following images are some renderings of the computer model which was used to make the 2nd generation mould.


  1. Is there a version of the Clarytone® Nose Flute that has a 'Diaphragm' or 'Reverse-draw valve' (Inhale-ling) feature ? As long as you're using your mouths volume to make the tones a drawing/reverse-whistle entrance/pathway w/Diaphragm or Duel Whistle-cut would allow tones with blowing & inhale-ling. I hope I phrased my question right. ( )

    1. Hello there! I 'm gonna transfer your question to Chris Schuermans, because I'm unable to answer you... Greetings!

  2. Hello! I've been playing the normal bocarina for a while and really love it! I just bought a bocarina pro, but I was disapointed, I thought it was not as powerful in the lower register, and uneasy to my face. But I just saw there was a (more expensive) ceramic model, but I can't seem find one anymore.
    Does anyone know if this one is also from Chris Schuermans? Or if it is really better than the usual bocarina?
    And if it is still possible to get one somewhere?
    Thank you so much if some one have an answer to these!

    1. Hello Aurel, Yes, the Bocarina Pro is also by Chris Schuermans. It's a very different model regarding the regular Bocarina. Yes, it is less powerful in the lower notes, but far more in the high one. All in all, the ambitus is bigger (it gains more in the sharps than what it loses in the bass). So, it's a matter of preferences, or depends on what msic you play. Regarding the ceramic models, they come and go... they are hand made and produced in very small batches. You can either wait for Dan Moi to order a new batch, or you can get one at Temiruya shop in Japan : . , with Google translate and some efforts. Check here : Best regards, Antoine