Yamaha just this month closed their Grand Rapids, Michigan facility. Up until now, Yamaha made all the parts abroad, and sent their YAS23 student saxophones in parts/peices for assembly to GR, and the 7131Rs were sent to and assembled in Elkhorn, Wisc, at the Leblanc plant. I believe that the Vito saxophones you are seeing are 7133 models, which are made for Leblanc by Jupiter. Best way to determine this, is by looking at the " i " in "Vito". If it is an upside triangle, it's a 7131R, it it's a "*", it's a 7133.Gordon (NZ) said:I rather think there is more to it than that. Both made by Yamaha in USA? Or both made by Yamaha in Japan? OR one in Japan and one in USA, but subtly different?
The YAS23 saxes that I see, sourced DIRECT from Japan, are not identical to any Vito model I have seen. Perhaps I have just never seen a 7131R.