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.

Aug 17, 2014

Washboard with Nose Flute

I got a vintage washboard that was still full of smelly wash powder, on the purpose to transform it into a percussion instrument. But I felt the need of an integrated nose flute. I mounted a 6" splash cymbal and build a small hi-hat, with aluminium tubes and springs, that can be activated by hand. A "Jack Daniel" guitar strap, and a Bocarina!

To mount the nose flute, I used a Reggi-Flauto, by Felice Pantone, that I transformed a bit. I pierced the boccy (with a hot metal needle) and plugged the Reggi-Flauto, in order for the boccy to be able to rotate, and thus, to fit easily the player's nose when it plunges in the nose flute. The height is adjustable.

Well... I just need to learn how to play it now !


  1. Wow! Looks really authentic! I think the punctures are really neatly done and I just love the mini hi-hat! Great addition to any performance! Rack a ukelele and a guitar onto a microphone stand and off you go!

    I have one concern: isn't the labium obstructed a little?

  2. What a beautiful musical instrument! Complete one-man band.

  3. Good job!. I agree the hi-hat is great. I think the best feature is the bocarina. There is some space for more if you like, maybe a bulb horn.