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Yani Stencils - whats the "real deal"

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I'm looking to buy a soprano, mainly to figure whether it is something for me and also to play it (or give it to someone else i trust) to play in a group(quartett +guitar/piano).

I don't have too much money to spend and I'm looking for a used horn, that is rather easy to play intonationwise and has a good resale value (just in case!).

So I searched the forums and figured the Vito S-6 stencils are great.
But how to fugure out if its a S-6 fake? I know it has to look like a MKVI and has these scary palmkeys and no front F. Also I sometimes read things about some of these are japanese or taiwanese.

Can anyone sort this out for me please?!

Are there any alternatives? I want to buy a straight not a curved one, and no taiwanese brands like kessler or antigua or sugal or whatever^^


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kryz: Why NOT a Taiwanese-made brand like Kessler or Antigua?
The have really bad resale value here in Germany.

I tried the MKVI style palmkeys on a Elimona Sopranino and they seemed usable.

The Yanagisawa-made MKVI clones (S-6, Vito, Dorado 600, and maybe Martin - I don't know if Yanagisawa made a MKVI-style sop with the Martin brand) are good players - maybe more consistently good than even the MKVI, but that is a discussion for another thread.

The Yanagisawa stencils I've seen had either "Japan" stamped on them OR the Yanagisawa trademark. That doesn't mean all of them have those markings, though - I just don't know.
What about Martin? I've never heard about these?

I don't think a buescher or conn or similar vintage similar is good for me know. I don't want to spend all that practice time just to get used to an instrument ( just recieved an '19 Conn bass from a total rebuilt - lot of practice still to do^^)
Great I'll see if I can find one.

I have to pay 20% taxes, and antigua is not a known brand here in Germany :(
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