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Q: is that a Berg Larsen mouthpiece?

One of my my (as yet unrestored) Vito Kenosha altos attached :cool: see below....

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the best available charts for Vito Saxophones were key bt Kim Slava , Dr. Sax, for years until he retired and his site shut down.

They are still available on the waybackmachine


this is the section for serial numbers


according to that list is should be somewhere in the late ’60, that is the most precise that you can get unless you have a proof of purchase (which still wouldn’t exactly tell when it was made)
 

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It’s a Yanigasagwa 5. It cuts like a laser. I wish it was a 6 or 7 opening though. I want to have a more Desmond sound for jazz. Right now with a 2.5 vandoren red it seems perfectly set to Sanborn lol. So it’s fun. Altissimo pops out like nothing I’ve ever owned, and I still haven’t tried it with the Leblanc fingerings, just the ones I remember from my Yamaha 62. I love her.
 

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according to that list is should be somewhere in the late ’60, that is the most precise that you can get unless you have a proof of purchase (which still wouldn’t exactly tell when it was made)
the original owners name is still on the case, stuck on with that old embossing tape. It’s awesome. I should look her up and ask her when and where she got it. She would be in her 70s I’d imagine.
 

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sure, you never know she may even have documents somewhere, however these may have been in the shop for a while before they were sold, especially an “ unusual” model such as the 35 may have not been immediately sold, so even the actual receipt wouldn’t tell you the exact production date but it would be fun
 

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What mouthpieces are you all liking with your model 35s? I’m coming from tenor and Aerophone, so I’m definitely browsing alto mpcs right now.
 

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I know it was originally purchased in California. That’s where it was also found, presumably in a closet from the amazing shape in the finish, and then bought and overhauled Palo at Just Saxes
 

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Does anyone know what the “A” in the serial number of 969A means, if anything?
You really should take a look at the link I gave you above

the suffix A is used for many brands and types, until the serial number 17000 , I don’t think it had an evident meaning
 

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Oh I have. I’ve been pouring through as much as I can find on this horn. I even watch some 20 minute video of a guy speaking either Portuguese or Spanish talking about this horn that I absolutely didn’t understand LOL. I just never found with the A meant. I’d like to add mine to that list somehow.
 

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So what is the rationale for that?
Funny that you ask this this way (maybe you meant to)

This is a simplified version of the Leblanc Semi-Rationale , there is also a Rationale system saxophone.

Vito and Leblanc were related companies, the owner Vito Pascucci, acquired Leblanc at some point.

The main difference between the Vito 35 and the Leblanc semi rationale was the regulation of the key height which in the 35 was achieved by corks and the Leblanc by much more precise screws.

the system offerend the possibility to do some special fingerings and for example you could lower any position of the upper hand by a semitone by closing the lower hand .



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I do so love this horn. Gonna keep my eye open for a leblanc system tenor now. I'm picky though, no nickel keys on yellow/gold lacquer, but an exceptional can be make for the exceptional. Sigh, and here I thought I'd ended my tenor sax quest with my cannonball VR.... oh well, no rush :)
 
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