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 21, 2012

Home made nose whistle

Harm Johannes Linsen is a dutch jew's harpist. But more than that, he calls himself a reasearcher. « I've been to many interesting places due to this hobby, like North America this year, Hungary two years ago and the real epic trip was to Yakutia (Yakoutie) last year. All this for jew's harp festivals ».

But Harm is also a nose flutist and, as some of us did (check here, here and here), had the idea to transform a referee whistle into a nose whistle.

Harm cut a solid piece of brass and soldered it to the whistle, after having removed a part of the sounding cylinder. He got a very nice shape:

All photos by Harm J. Linsen
Harm Linsen is also the owner of an old Weidlich & Lohse "Schwan", from the Göttingen era (take a look at the perfectly straight labium). It was metallic grey with an orange cap. « Which I didn't like at the time (it looked too much like a toy in stead of a serious instrument) so I painted it white with „tipp ex". Who knows still what that is. It was the correction white stuff that you applied when you typed a wrong character on your type writer. So that's how long I got it. I also remember that I thought the cap was not closed tight, so I wanted to close the seams with this „tipp-ex" stuff as well. ». Oh yes, we know Tipp-Ex (and it still exists!)

And to protect the flute, Harm made a funny and clever case with coasters (which absorb the moist from the instrument):

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