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.

May 28, 2016


Well, after having published those two posts (here and there) about the Austopfon, and ordered pictures of the sample conserved at Belgian MIM museum in Brussels, I finally found a real one! And in a rather good shape!

I have nothing to add to my previous conclusions. The stamping Ö.P.a definitely stands for Österreichisches Patent angemeldet (Austian Patent pending), meaning that the Austopfon dates of in between 1919 and 1922 (after Austria did "exist" and before the publication of Mahillon's book). That said, I just have to notice that the intake hole has a shape rather similar to the Schwan. Did Weidlich un Lohse took an Austopfon as a model?


  1. Outstanding photography of an oldtimer in wonderful shape. Crossley 25/30? Daniels Eight?

    1. Thank you! Yes, this old baby is in super shape... Better than the Brussels museum one ;)