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 19, 2013

The Göttingen University Nasenflöten

I had read in a catalogue that the Georg-August-University of Göttingen Department of Musicology hosts a collection of musical instruments, including two Nasenflöten. And thus, I wrote to ask for pictures.

Herr Dr. Klaus-Peter Brenner, the Curator, kindly took the time to make photographs and to send them to me.

There are only two nose flutes in the collection, but they are interesting. The first one is a Wunderflöte: it is a second generation Wunderflöte, the same model than the one drawn in Siegfried Wolf's book or featuring in Piet Visser's collection. The Göttingen sample is in a quite good shape, and still showing its nickel plating:

The other flute is a simple chinese plastic Swan, but it shows the rather rare particularity of a translucent airway cap. We knew some Swan Nasenflöten with a translucent part, but it was the main shield.


  1. What a wonderful Wunderfloete this is! Also, the opaque plastic cap of the Schwan is really interesting.

  2. Yes, those samples are very nice!

  3. I quite like that version of the Wunderflote with its distinctive mouth guard that looks like the top of a tin can. It would be nice to have a version that mixed that with the quality of the soldering locations of the one from Mr. Honak's collection

    1. Yes, it's a nice nose flute... Unfortunately not featuring in our museum... Hope to find one somedays! :)