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.

Jul 19, 2014

Ferrari Red!

Bocarina red changed. Since the last production batch, Chris Schuermans replaced the ox blood red by a real Ferrari red. The new color is brighter and much more appropriate on this funny and joyful instrument. Now, collectors friends, keep your ox blood boccies safe and secure!

The quick red Boc jumps over the lazy ox:

Jul 18, 2014

Great gizmo!

Miss Sanae Maekawa, Japanese graphic designer, cartoonist and nose flute player, made this incredible and funny gizmo with felt wool. It's designed to fit a Fuppy hanabue, and as you can see, the shape of the nose flute imitates with humour the two front teeth of a rabbit! We love the delicacy in the making of the rabbit nose.

Jul 15, 2014

R. Crumb & G. Shelton: Two of Us!!

Our friend Will Grove-White – honorable member of the UOGB and fellow in nosefluting – had the opportunity to offer a Bocarina and initiate to our instrument the two most famous American underground and psychedelic comics authors: Robert Crumb and Gilbert Shelton!

Gilbert Shelton, among many other characters, is known as the father of The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers and Fat Freddy's Cat adventures.

Robert Crumb became famous with Fritz the Cat and Mr. Natural. He drew a huge quantity of albums. We already had the opportunity to publish here the portraits R. Crumb made of Lloyd Buford Threlkeld and his Jug Band.

So, thanks to Mr. Grove-White, the Noseflutistan is honored by the initiation of two new honorable fellows! Will Grove-White had no opportunity to immortalize the Gilbert Shelton's first notes, but made a video with the kind complicity of Robert Crumb. Here it is, with Big Thanks to Will! Congratulations to the new noseflutists!

Jul 13, 2014

Schwan Special Colors

As mentionned earlier, the "Swan logo" nose flute was patented and produces by Weidlich & Lohse, in Göttingen, from 1955. The German production stopped around 1985 and started again in China (probably for Stölzel, Germany) from around 1997.
The moulds seem to be still the original ones (as we saw here), but type of plastics has changed (the overal quality has really decreased) and the vintage colors have been replaced by 6 flashy ones : white, yellow, purple, green red and dark blue.

However, when they change the colors in production at the factory, it always happens that a series of rare colors are produced, resulting of the mix of the former PVC pellets and the new ones. Sometimes, even rarer, some great swirled marblelized colors appear (see this beautiful sample owned by Mr. Mei). Instead of throwing the parts away, as rejects, the factory assemble those rare Nasenflöten. And when you buy a big bag (100 or so) of the regular flutes, you may get one or two of those collectors.

I found a German "source" where they put aside those little monsters when they appear in their shop, and they kindly accepted to sell their stock of intermediate colors at the regular price.

I was so glad to discover a yellow-translucent body and a swirled red top!

Look at this gradation from yellow to red (there is no orange color in the regular production):

Indeed, the regular Swan color chart is very poor, flashy, vulgar (exhaustive chart):

Now look at those intermediate production colors (just a sample):

Very near the vintage Schwan tints, aren't they? (just a sample here too):


On the same topic :

- About the "Swan logo"... Part I
- About the "Swan logo"... Part II
- About the "Swan logo"... Part III
- "Swan logo"... Identity revealed!
- Much more about the Swan!
- Schwan Special Colors
- Vintage Schwan - Forensics and Dating