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Flutes of superb quality & craftsmanship

For over 30 years, the Altus factory, nestled among the serene mountains of Azumino Japan,

has incorporated both ideas of classical aesthetic and modern science into their handcrafted

flute designs.

An Altus flute is the product of brilliant engineering, modern metallurgy, and seasoned

craftsmanship. All Altus handmade flute models are distinguished by a variety of tube

materials and manufacturing techniques. Years of research and development have allowed

Altus to pair the highest quality materials with a range of flute making techniques culminating

in the prized collection of the world's finest flutes available today.

The founder of Altus flutes Mr. Shuichi Tanaka is a modern example of Renaissance man. He

is an artist, musician, engineer, businessman, and most notably a master flute maker. As a

teenager, Mr. Tanaka studied flute with renowned Japanese teacher and performer Toshio

Takahashi. During this time, he not only became a gifted flutist, but also a sensitive student of

flute making with keen insight into the needs of flutists.

Each Altus flute reflects his passion to produce the finest playing flutes available utilizing the

finest of materials handwork and artistry. The meticulous design of the Altus flute and its

uncompromised scale receive great attention. Based on the work and recommendations of

British flutist William Bennett, the Altus Scale offers excellent intonation, carefully tuned

harmonics, and balanced registers. Altus flute has also developed over the years in admiration

of the vintage flutes a proprietary silver alloy (Altus Silver™) and innovative materials like

sintered silver.

Masterfully hand-sculpted head joints, contemporary precision standards and unique tubing

produces the remarkable sound of the Altus flutes. Vintage colour, pure tonal core, ease of

manipulation, excellent intonation properties, response, and projection - flutists worldwide

recognize the inspired Altus sound.

We're proud about the high-class international artist network with flautists playing Altus

flutes, like the late William Bennett, Michael Cox, Denis Bouriakov, Ana de la Vega, Jamie

Baum, Tilmann Dehnhard, Eric Lamb, Camilla Hoitenga, to name only a few.


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