The founder of Altus flutes, Mr. Shuichi Tanaka, began his career as a classically trained flutist. During his studies, 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.