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My father passed away and was a professional musician.  No one in the family plays reed instruments except myself but I only play clarinet.  He left the following:

1. Tenor Sax Model 89D Serial #8729, LeBlanc Corp, Kenosha, WI
2. Alto Sax Yanagisawa Japan 991 00230835
3. Soprano Sax Buescher Elkhart, Indiana Low Pitch Pat 1914 #73455
4. Noblet 45 Clarinet LaBlanc, France D51844
5. Clarinet Emil Jardin Paris 10624

Can you give our family a sense of the value especially the saxophones.  I may want to keep one of the clarinets.  Thank you.

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Hello Barbara, your father had a nice collection of woodwinds...
I will start with each item and offer what I know.
1. Tenor Sax Model 89D Serial #8729, Leblanc Corp, Kenosha, WIs
History,The Vito name came from Vito Pascucci (Vito was the instrument repair man for Glenn Miller) who helped establish Leblanc's Kenosha, Wisconsin complex after World War II. After the early 70's the Vito brand name was mostly used for Leblanc's student or intermediate models. From the 50's through the early 70's Vitos made many professional horns. All Vito instruments are "stencilled" i.e. were manufactured for Vito by other companies. Vito flutes and clarinets were made along with saxophones. Entire instruments or component parts have been made for Vito by the following companies: Beaugnier of Paris, France - Beaugnier made saxophones as Beaugnier and stencils labeled Leblanc, Vito and Noblet for the French market and U.S. export and also Selmer for U.K. export. This sax was made in the early 1960, as a pro horn,In mint condition it could be worth around $800-$1200
2. Alto Sax Yanagisawa Japan 991 00230835
Yanagisawa A-991 Series Professional Alto Saxophone
Quality and features meet low price in the Yanagisawa A-991 Series Professional Alto Saxophone. The Yanagisawa A-991 alto sax is the product of the finest Japanese instrument craftsmanship in a fully professional-quality step-up saxophone.
The Yanagisawa A-991 saxophone's superb resonance and a refined sound are winning converts from many other manufacturers' horns. Intonation is even over the saxophone's entire range and at all dynamic levels. With a wide palette of tonal colors, the Yanagisawa A-991 sax blends well with other wind instruments.
List price... MSRP $5,550.00
Buy it now price at Woodwind/Brasswind...$3,679.00
3. Soprano Sax Buescher Elkhart, Indiana Low Pitch Pat 1914 BUESCHER #73455
Your fathers Buescher soprano sax is from 1920, and it's worth about $2000
from the web...
"BUESCHER TRUE TONE #5XXX – #254XXX
These are very common horns, which play rather nicely when set up properly. The later examples have snap in pads and Norton springs. There’s a real oversupply of alto horns. Most of the examples you will find will be in a satin silver finish. Add 20% for gold plate.
Straight soprano $ 2000"
end web content...
I will offer no information on the clarinets, I am not a clarinet expert.
Please go to ALL experts/clarinets...
All in all your father had some nice horns...
Thanks,
Grant Koeller  

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I'm a Professional Jazz Saxophone soloist recently retired from 23 years with the USAF Band Of Flight, WPAFB, OHIO, experienced in performance, technique and equipment. I'm not a buyer/seller or dealer. I have 40 years Alto, Tenor, Soprano and Bari Saxophone performance experience with additional years on the Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bass Guitar, Piano, Drum-set, Guitar and Voice. I'm a third generation professional military musician, my father, Bill Koeller(1939-1997) was in the USAF 1958-1962, and played Jazz Hammond B-3 organ from 1957-1997, and my fathers Uncle, Alfred Koeller (1912-1993), was a professional Acoustic Bassist in the Army Air Corps in WWII, and also performed on Jazz Guitar, Hammond organ, Piano and tenor saxophone.

Experience

Professional Saxophone Soloist, 23 total years with the USAF Bands, 6 years with the USAF Band of Flight, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, performing on Tenor, Alto, Soprano, Clarinet, and Flute. 4 years in Japan, at Yokota AFB with the USAF Band of the Pacific. An Avid Composer and Arranger for the Night Hawk Protocol Combo. Former Lead Alto Saxophonist with the USAF Night Flight Big Band performing the music of Glenn Miller as well as other hits of the Big Band Era. I collect LP records of Jazz, blue's, classical and rock, and have over 12,000 records.

Organizations
USAF,Phi MU Alpha Sinfonia, Men's National Music Fraternity, Johnny Mack Super Big Band, Tom Daugherty Orchestra, Kim Kelly Orchestra, Dayton Jazz Orchestra, Eddie Love Big Band, Gem City Big Band, Jazz Central Big Band, Shin Sings Orchestra, Kim Kelly Orchestra,USAF Night Flight Jazz Ensemble, Different Hats Big Band, Jimmy Baker Blues Band, This Side Up, Freelance, KING KOELLER Quartet, Jazz Central Big Band, GB Work, Sax On The Web,

Publications
Saxophone On the Web; Anchorage Daily News; All Experts; Augustana College Public Radio, WVIK;

Education/Credentials
North Texas State University School of Music, Jazz Studies 1982-1986 Lead Alto, Lab bands 1982-83 and small group leader 1983-1984, Jazz Radio Host WVIK 90.1 FM NPR affiliate Rock Island, IL United States Collegiate Wind Band European tour 1980 Augustana College, Rock Island IL, Liberal Arts Music Mentors/Teachers:My father Bill Koeller, a Jazz Hammond B-3 Organist (1939-1997) Great Uncle Alfred Koeller, Acoustic Bass 1912-1993

Awards and Honors
Paul Shartle Musician of the Quarter Spring 2008; Glenn Miller Festival, Clarinda, Iowa featured soloist; McDonald's All-American Band and Jazz Ensemble 1979; US Collegiate Wind Bands,Paul Lavalle Conductor, tour of Europe,1980; John Phillip Sousa Award, 1980 Dimond HS Anchorage, Alaska; USAF National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star; USAF Achievement Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters; USAF Good Conduct Medal with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters

Past/Present Clients
Performed with, Bob Hope, The Platters, Four Tops, Jimmy Dorsey, Crystal Gail, Helen Ready, James Williams, Dallas Jazz Orchestra, Jack Jones, The Mills Brothers, the G-Clef's, Lionel Hampton at Carnegie Hall, Performed for the King Of Thailand 2005, Tom "Bone's" Malone, Roy Hargrove, Tommy Turrentine, Performed for President Gerald Ford, President George W. Bush, The Maguire Sisters, The USO Girls-Andrew Sisters Tribute, The Four Lads, Lincoln Berry, The Dayton Jazz Orchestra, Louis Bellson, Buddy DeFranco, Walter Bishop Jr, Sadao Watanabe, Bobby Shew, Pete Jolly, Quad City Jazz Ensemble, Augustana College Symphonic Band, Jack Scott, Catfish Jazz Society, Intrigue-Boston Wedding Band, The Mark Herbert Little Big Band, The Pacesetters Big Band, The Ambassadors Jazz Ensemble, Pacific Showcase Big Band, Jimmy Dorsey Big Band under the direction of Lee Castle, Ronny Scott Orchestra, Big Al's Hot Dance Orchestra, The Dayton Sidewinders, Tom Daugherty Orchestra, Johnny Mack Super Big Band, Ken Peplowski, Eddie Daniels, Buddy Guy, Roy Hargrove, Warren Parrish, John OMeara Jr., Dave Holcomb, Albia Silva,Vinnie Demartino, Clon VonFitz, The G Clef's

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