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Those are the predecessors of what eventually became the Leblanc System horns. The true 'Le Rationel' horns are very rare, great pieces of craftmanship, and almost impossible to keep regulated. IIRC the idea was you could play a number of notes either with the left or right hand. That horn is a true collector's item.
Saxpics has some pictures of the model, which was only available as an alto.
 

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Boy, that RAYMOND DUBOIS prototype horn on ebay is sumpin' else. Appears to have some contraptions off of the original Rational horns, some off of the old Buffet horns, and some other quirky stuff. Probably next to impossible to play, and impossible to keep regulated.
 

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Hey Brown, those Leblancs were often sold in North America as Vito. Johnny Hodges played one in the 60s. Frank Wess has Hodges' horn now.
Actually the Vito horns were a little different from the Leblancs. Instead of all the adjustment screws they had cork, and there were a few other mods IIRC.
Also the original Rationnel design is very different from the System design which eventually was used on the Vito horns.
 
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