I’ve had several flutes throughout the course of my career and two of them, including my current one, have been Altus (and they were purchased long before I started working for F&F after trying every brand under the sun!). In terms of sound, I find them extremely malleable, colourful, easy to project and even throughout the registers. Perception of sound is subjective though so you will need to try them and see if they suit you.
What is not subjective is how good their mechanism is, and it is one of the best there is. You really need to run your fingers over these keys yourself in order to appreciate it. Altus never switched to a pinless mechanism because they simply don’t need to. They have absolutely perfected their version of a pinned mechanism. It is quick to respond, light, silent and stays in adjustment for an extremely long time. It ticks all the boxes when it comes to what one would want in a mechanism and best of all, they’ve included it on all their flutes, from their entry level professional quality flute, model 807 all the way up to the venerable model 1807 (AL). The only thing lacking is a fancy name to help market it better! Oh well, you’ll just have to try it and see for yourself.
For almost 30 years, Altus has hand-crafted flutes that embody the ideals of vintage inspiration and modern technology. Created by Master Flute Maker Shuichi Tanaka, each Altus flute reflects his passion to combine the finest playing flutes with the finest materials and artistry. The meticulous design of the Altus flute and its acclaimed Altus/Bennet scales offers excellent intonation, carefully tuned harmonics and balanced registers. The masterfully hand-sculpted headjoints and precision tubings produce the remarkable sound of the Altus flute.
Through the careful selection of materials and the Altus dedication to handmade craftsmanship, the Artist Series achieves an unparalleled balance between performance quality and affordability.
Artist Series flutes feature handmade silver-plated mechanisms well-known for their hardness, strength, and durability without sacrificing exceptional fluidity and feel. The extruded body tubes maintain a standard thickness and include drawn tone holes and the Altus-Bennett scale.
Other standard features include stainless steel springs, French-pointed keys, and a gizmo key. Each flute comes in a French style leatherette covered wood case with a zippered, fleece lined cover and a shoulder strap.