From Taiwan to Texas, K.H.S. Musical Instrument Co. is a major player in the business side of making music. The company manufactures Walden acoustic guitars, Mapex drums, and a full-line of Jupiter brand brass, wind, and stringed instruments. Its instruments are distributed worldwide through its Musix Co., Ltd., subsidiary. The firm also produces flutes in Nagano, Japan, through Altus Japan and mallet instruments built by Ross Mallet Instruments in Wisconsin. The company was founded in Taiwan in 1930 as a supplier of educational products, including goods for music education. The K H.S. stands for "Kung Hsue Sheh," which means "a company helping schools and culture."