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· Distinguished Member and Forum Contributor 2008
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The Yamaha 23 is a popular choice for beginners. Yamaha used to stencil the same horn for Vito and those are available for significantly less. The Vito must be marked "Japan" and if you compare the big ugly keygaurd on the bell keys they are easy to identify.

I picked up an Vito alto a few weeks ago on eBay for my 10 year old daughter. The horn was in incredibly good condition and played out of the box. The only thing that needed done was replacing a cork on the palm 'D' key so it wouldn't go "tink tink". It only cost me about $300 USD.

I had bid very conservatively on a few others that obviously needed significant work but didn't win them. They were going for a little less than $200 USD. It would have taken at least another $200 to get them playing. I lucked out on spotting the one I ended up winning because of his higher starting bid compared to other Vito horns starting bids.
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