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Grant, am stumped as to model and age of my Vito (no VSP engraved on bell) Yanagisawa Japan serial # 675150. A separate 3 stamp left of Japan. Yanagisawa logo stamp above Japan and on octave lever on neck. Asterisk above i in Vito.  Non-rolled holes. Honey colored lacquer finish. I bought it used for $150 and don't know it's value. Am considering selling it so need to know more about it to relay info to next owner and to establish a price for it.

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Hello William,
Here is the history of Vito (Leblanc). Vito is a brand name of Leblanc which was started in 1951. 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.
Yanagisawa of Japan - (VSP Soprano, Alto and Baritone Saxophones)
Yamaha of Japan (7131 model Alto and also Tenor Saxophones)
KHS/Jupiter brand (7133 model Alto and Tenor Saxophones).
Serial Numbers....

Vito Alto Saxophone Model 7131 Japan Stamped Serial Numbers.

These serial numbers ignore the leading zeros at the start of the serial numbers.

1970
1-500
1971
501-2155
1972
2156-3529
1973
3530-4421
1974
4422-12000
1975
12001-25603
1976
25604-30827
1977
30828-33947
1978
33948-38844
1979
38845-42434
1980
42435-47975
1981
47976-52455
1982
52456-58306
1983
58307-62177
1984
62178-68524
1985
68525-72535
1986
72536-78579
1987
78580-85091
1988
85092-89758
1989
89759-501000
1990
501098-510332
1991
510333-511518
1992
511519-515800
1993
515801-519845
1994
519846-526925
1995
526926-533097
1996
533098-537807
1997
537808-552998
1998
552999-560613
1999
560614-575843
2000
575842-587455
2001
587456-624567
2002
624568-654084
Vito Saxophone Models[edit]

Vito 7133SS Soprano Sax
Vito 7131R(K) Alto Sax
Vito 7133 Alto Sax
Vito 7131T(K) Tenor Sax
Vito 7133T Tenor Sax
Vito 7190BA Baritone Sax
Vito 7136 Alto Sax
Vito 7140 Alto Sax
Your vito sax was made by Yanagisawa

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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.

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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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