I wasn't blown away by it. It seemed fine but not outstanding. You really need the right mouthpiece to match a horn to get a fair opinion. Unless you're playing a Conn. They seem to work well with just about any mouthpiece. I think that the Hodges alto could have been in suspect shape. Frank Wess had owned it for years but chose to play Romeo Penque's gold-plated mk 6 when he had an alto gig. I only saw Frank with the Vito twice. I'll try to get another shot at playing the horn.How did J/H's horn 'sound' to you Barry?
Well, if you want to own Johnny Hodges' ACTUAL Vito Alto, it has finally come up on ebay:- http://www.ebay.com/itm/170912927702?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649Yes... All Vito 35's 'are' Leblanc 'modified' versions of the Rationale horns... They 'do' feel clunky to me too, they are a monster of purpose... 35's have a F#3 key... The beautiful Hodges' horn appears to have silver/gold/engravings uncommon to the 'limited' production models of the 35's... Our knowledge of Vito history is as well limited, but the simple history appears such that Vito 35's (altos) were the few 2300? production units based on some less numbered 1200-1500?? 'Rationale' models (tenor and alto) built within a minor number of developmental types... BTW, FremontSax has suggested that the J/Hodges 35 was a model 135?? Were their other 135's similar or just his? How did J/H's horn 'sound' to you Barry?