BD, This may be a factor. I own a number of these in Noblet and Vito branding. The neck you see on this one with the brace has a very different profile than many of the Vito branded models. This neck is usually with the Noblet Face models and a much more slender neck with no brace is on most of the Vito's. I have several of each neck, and with the slimmer one they play as you experienced, more dark, classical, and polite. Jazzman Ted actually mentions the 2 neck styles in one of his videos.OK, I just tried a 39T today. It was very well set-up with good sized metal resonators, in pretty darn good condition, with 90% original lacquer. It was pretty underwhelming. Pretty dark, very polite sound. Better intonation than my 38T. Not even close to the best Beaugnier I've played, which is JohnInDenver's 37 tenor. Now that horn is an absolute BEAST.
I just sold my Selmer Paris Super Balanced Action Tenor on Epay about 10 days ago. Comparing the neck style in this Vito listing (And 2 of my Noblet's) to my Selmer SBA neck it appeared really close to my Selmer SBA neck. Epay had given me a special listing promotion for a max final value fee of $10 bucks each on up to 5 items. I sold my SBA Tenor, SBA alto, and a Buffet R-13 for total fees of $30 bucks! I finally got one over on Ebay.
My SBA pair and SBA Tenor Neck. I'll snap some pics of the 2 Vito / Tenor Necks and post
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