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Hi sop experts!

That is my question. In other words, if I see a straight Vito, what is the likelihood it was made by Yanagisawa? (Other than the lyre and Japan stamp that I assume should be present.)
 

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Oops. Sorry, I have already read that Beaugnier made some of the older Vitos. Those I think I could spot.
 

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I think you just need to look at the keywork as even the one from China look Yanaish. Don't overlook the Holton and Martin ones that were yana stencils. At times ebay has the curved Martins. Good horns. It seems that earlier Vitos (1970s and older) were from France, then Yanas, and more recently from China or Taiwan. Compare photos.
 

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Thanks, guys. I will do my research carefully.
 

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In the mid 70's, the lyre was not necessarily present. The first one was a copy of the Selmer (including the left hand "palm" keys) only with better intonation, made by Yanagisawa. The Yani keywork build is very distinctive, IMHO. Look at a few you can ascertain as Yani's, and you'll be able to identify a Yani when you see it.
 
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