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The founder of Altus flutes Mr. Shuichi Tanaka, known as “Speedy” to his friends, is a man of many talents. He is an artist, musician, engineer, businessman, and most notably a master flute player.

As a teenager, Mr. Tanaka studied flute with renowned Japanese teacher and performer Toshio Takahashi. During this time he not only developed into a gifted flutist, but also a sensitive student of flute making with keen insight into the needs of flutists.

In 1977, Mr. Tanaka met British flutist William Bennett. The two men had much in common including their respect and admiration for the vintage flutes of Louis Lot. With Bennett’s influence and the inspiration of the finest vintage flutes, Mr. Tanaka designed an innovative modern flute, rich in expressive tone colors, with ample capacity for resonance, accurate intonation, and mechanical strength. This was the first Altus flute, built in 1981.

Over the next decade, global respect and interest for Mr. Tanaka’s innovative Altus flute increased. In 1990, he designed a beautiful building on a peaceful site in Azumino, at the base of the Japanese Alps, to inspire his artistic creations. This breathtaking facility is where Altus flutes are still handcrafted today.

The Altus flute is founded on friendships, collaborations, intense research, and a passionate devotion to music as an essential part of life.

Altus flute maker Schuichi Tanaka and renowned British flutist William Bennett shared and admiration for Albert Cooper’s version of updating and modernizing the traditional flute scale. Bennett combined his vast performance experience and quest for precise intonation with Mr. Tanaka’s flute making vision to create the Altus-Bennett scale.

An instrument’s scale is determined by the size and placement of each of the tone holes and their relationship to each other. This crucial design aspect allows flutists to play with accurate intonation and effortless tone.

The collaboration of Tanaka and Bennett set a new standard for flute design. The Altus-Bennett scale was carefully designed to provide effortless intonation, impeccably tuned harmonics, and exceptionally balanced registers. This monumental achievement is one of the hallmarks of the great Altus flute making tradition.

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ALTUS 1707 ERB1 Flute

997 ALTUS Pure Silver is a patented invention of ALTUS: practically pure silver, hardened in a specific procedure and, with its high density, approximating the capacity of sound of a gold flute without at the same time losing the brilliance and clari..

11,999.00€ Ex Tax: 9,916.53€

ALTUS PSD ERB1 Flute

997 ALTUS Pure Silver is a patented invention of ALTUS: practically pure silver, hardened in a specific procedure and, with its high density, approximating the capacity of sound of a gold flute without at the same time losing the brilliance and clari..

9,399.00€ Ex Tax: 7,767.77€

ALTUS 907SRE Flute

The ALTUS 907 is a highly popular flute among advanced players. Due to its increased silver content, the 958 Britannia silver head-joint lends this instrument richer harmonics and, thus, expands the musician’s range of tonal expression. Handmade..

2,189.00€ Ex Tax: 1,809.09€

ALTUS 907SR Flute

The ALTUS 907 is a highly popular flute among advanced players. Due to its increased silver content, the 958 Britannia silver head-joint lends this instrument richer harmonics and, thus, expands the musician’s range of tonal expression. Handmade..

2,199.00€ Ex Tax: 1,817.36€

ALTUS 819SE Alto Flute

The Altus 819SE Alto Flute is an excellent intermediate level alto flute with the added benefit of  a .925 silver lip plate and riser on a curved headjoint. The body tubing is silver plated and enables the player to create a sound with tonal com..

5,525.00€ Ex Tax: 4,566.12€

ALTUS 825SE Alto Flute

The Altus 825SE Alto Flute is an excellent intermediate level alto flute with the added benefit of  a .925 silver lip plate and riser. The body tubing is silver plated and enables the player to create a sound with tonal complexity, a wide range ..

5,325.00€ Ex Tax: 4,400.83€

ALTUS 919SE Alto Flute

The Altus 919SE Alto Flute is an excellent advanced level alto flute with the added benefit of a curved .925 silver headjoint on a silver plated body tube. This combination enables players to create sounds with tonal complexity, a wide range of dynam..

6,800.00€ Ex Tax: 5,619.83€

ALTUS 925SE Alto Flute

The Altus 925SE Alto Flute is an excellent intermediate level alto flute with the added benefit of  a .925 silver Headjoint. The body tubing is silver plated and enables the player to create a sound with tonal complexity, a wide range of dynamic..

6,300.00€ Ex Tax: 5,206.61€

ALTUS 907SRBE Flute

The ALTUS 907 is a highly popular flute among advanced players. Due to its increased silver content, the 958 Britannia silver head-joint lends this instrument richer harmonics and, thus, expands the musician’s range of tonal expression. Handmade..

2,499.00€ Ex Tax: 2,065.29€

ALTUS 1107SRE Flute

The ALTUS 1107 is a highly popular flute among advanced players. Due to its increased silver content, the 958 Britannia silver head-joint lends this instrument richer harmonics and, thus, expands the musician’s range of tonal expression. 958 bri..

3,599.00€ Ex Tax: 2,974.38€

ALTUS 1019SE Alto Flute

The Altus 919SE Alto Flute is an excellent profesional alto flute with a .925 silver curved headjoint and body tube. This combination enables players to create sounds with tonal complexity, a wide range of dynamic contrast, and ease of articulation.&..

7,500.00€ Ex Tax: 6,198.35€

ALTUS 1107SRBE Flute

The ALTUS 1107 is a highly popular flute among advanced players. Due to its increased silver content, the 958 Britannia silver head-joint lends this instrument richer harmonics and, thus, expands the musician’s range of tonal expression. 958 bri..

4,499.00€ Ex Tax: 3,718.18€

ALTUS 1307SRBE Flute

958 britannia silver head-joint and body. This alloy offers a more powerful sound without the need for greater wall thickness. Instruments made of 958 Britannia silver offer a considerable harmonic richness and a strong resonance combined with a ligh..

6,649.00€ Ex Tax: 5,495.04€

ALTUS TS ERB Flute

The Altus TS flute has drawn tone holes and French pointed arms. S-Cut head joint. Renowned for producing the trademark Altus sound, this headjoint provides vibrant warmth with excellent projection. Its pure tonal center allows the artist g..

5,799.00€ Ex Tax: 4,792.56€

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