Altus Artist flutes offer the exceptional hand craftsmanship, tonal colour and playability of Altus Professional flutes. The ALTUS 907 is a highly popular flute among advanced players. Due to its increased silver content, the 958 Britannia silver headjoint lends this instrument richer harmonics and, thus, expands the musician’s range of tonal expression.
The combination of sterling silver and Britannia silver on the handmade headjoint gives the Altus 907 a sophisticated sound. The well-balanced Altus scale and the mechanism combined will offer the playabitliy any beginner flutist can dream of.
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.
Altus flute maker Shuichi Tanaka and renowned British flutist William Bennett shared an admiration for Albert Cooper’s vision of updating and modernizing the traditional flute scale. Mr. Tanaka created the Altus Scale in cooperation with Mr. Bennett with vast performance experience and quest for precise intonation.
The collaboration of Tanaka and Bennett set a new standard for flute design. The Altus 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.
Sterling silver lip-plate and riser, Britannia silver headjoint, nickel silver body, footjoint and mechanism - silver plated - drawn tone holes
Comprised of 92.5% silver, Sterling Silver has long been the industry standard and widely accepted for making high quality flutes. This silver alloy is strengthened with copper to increase hardness. It is believed that sterling silver instruments possesses incredible resonance and rich colors in timbre.
A traditionally created silver alloy composed of 95.8% silver, also dubbed the Britannia Silver for its historic existence in British coinage. Mr. Tanaka first created Altus flutes with this alloy for a Renaissance of 19th century flute sound. This alloy has an increased density and is considerably softer than Sterling Silver. This allows the instruments to make darker and richer tonal color without the use of greater wall thickness.
Altus Flutes looks into detail in manufacturing our products. The standard series flutes are silver plated all over. Not only does it give the flute extra resistence and strengthen the sound quality, but this also allows the flute to have a nice, consistent look.
Headjoint: Handmade 958 britannia silver headjoint
Body and mechanism: Silver plated nickelsilver
Special soldered C#-tonehole riser: Yes
Springs: Stainless steel
Pitch: 442 Hz