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 28, 2013

Yet Another German Nasenflöte!

Donnerwetter! Another mistake! Well, let's be positive: another mistake corrected!

I thought that the metal Nasenflöte that was advertised in (almost) any german catalogue in the 1920-1930's was the one made by PaBru, the Paul Brunner's company in Brunndöbra.

The omnipresent no-name german metal noseflute and the Paul Brunner's one:

The no-name german Nasenflöte:

But if you look well at both engravings, you'll see the shape is not the same, particularly for the airway cap and the nose shield.

It could have been a drawing artefact. But I found a record of the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a german nose flute. There is no picture, but the record says the instrument is in metal and dates of before 1941.

Much more, the description says:

Donnerwetter (again)! The "water pump" was the PaBru trademark! The exact mark that appears of the Fanfare instrument as on the flutes and kazoos, playing with the rebus around Brunner: Brunnen means well, spring, fountain in German.

So, there was "another" german nose flute, stamped with a "water pump" and made by PaBru. The question remains to find who produced the no-name german flute, and where... Klingental district too?


  1. Amazing to see how many spin-offs of the same instrument there were, and not just one but apparently several ones in at least France, Germany and the United States. In a way it's a tell-tale sign of the popularity of the nose flute in the 1920s and 1930s, which is a pretty awesome fact to me.

  2. Yes Maikel, you're right. It's incredible how many babies came from the Humanatone. It's the sign that, for a metal sheet production, it was really well designed.