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Here is a table of Vito Sax serial no.'s, manufacture dates, manufacturers, country of origin, etc.
I haven't found any reference tables for Vitos out there, so I started this one for myself and decided to share it.

Dec. 2007 - Use this CHART to date your Made-In-Japan 7131RK Vito Altos.

More info re: Vito/Yamaha History, serial numbers, dates.

Aug. 2, 2007 - Here is a Vito Saxophone Catalog.

Nov. 13, 2007 - Here is a Vito Sax Advertisement.

Apr. '08 - You might want to check out these YouTube videos on Beaugnier horns that 'jazzmanted' has put out there:
The first one and
Part Two

Here's a manual in PDF format, detailing the fingerings.
If you're anything like me, you'll have to print it out to be able to read it.

Woodwind Forum - French Vito Saxes Gallery

Woodwind Forum - Vintage Yanagisawa Info

Here is an interesting "Connvergence" of one of the Conn Shooting Star (Director) Models with the Vito Kenosha horns.



One of JazzManTed's video on French Vitos on YouTube.

Some Photos of French Vitos here.

I've started putting links from some of the serial numbers to pictures of the saxes.
Whenever you see a serial number underlined, you can likely click on it. Cool, hunh? I've got lots more pictures than I have put links to here.



Some general info about LeBlanc and Vito.

There are now three tables on this page.
1) The first has actual serial numbers that I have seen.
2) The second is my attempt to make a general serial number guide for Vito-branded saxes.
3) The third and final is a table of contemporary Vito model numbers.
Yes, I know, this page is pretty dang long. I need to break it up into individual pages, or....

Please let me know of corrections/additons/deletions.
I also want to compile similar tables for the whole LeBlanc family...LeBlanc branded saxes, Noblet, Beaugnier, etc.

Please feel free to send me additional information I will add to this table and make it freely available to all.

Table 1a: Vito Branded Saxophones

Japan, Yanagisawa
Type Model Ser. No. Date Made In Made By Comments
SopranoVSP001069131981JapanYanagisawa-
BaritoneVSP00109726-JapanYanagisawaRH Bellkeys
SopranoVSP001114xx1982JapanYanagisawaCurved Soprano
TenorVSP001179271984JapanYanagisawaRH Bellkeys Hi F#, underslung octave
AltoVSP001219561984JapanYanagisawa'ring' bell brace, RH Bellkeys
BaritoneVSP001341861986JapanYanagisawa'ring' bell brace, RH Bellkeys
--0014192691-92JapanYanagisawaNot a Vito...dated Yani
Baritone-003776882early 80'sJapanYanigasawaRH Bellkeys, Low A
Baritone-01781209-JapanYanigasawaRH Bellkeys, Low A, hi F
BaritoneB6018018xx1980JapanYanigasawa-
Soprano-03774862-JapanYanigasawa-
Soprano-03785992-Japan-Hi F#
AltoVSP03803437April 1980JapanYanagisawaA600 Model, only 50 made
Baritone-04781xx-Japan--
Soprano-07775320-JapanYanagisawaSame as Yani S-6, high F#
Soprano-08775422-JapanYanagisawaSame as Yani S-6, high F#
Baritone-1070001980'sJapanYanagisawa-
Baritone-1077107581-82JapanYanagisawaModel 800/880
Soprano-12775777-Japan--
Baritone-273981-JapanYanigasawaLow A
Soprano-S970866-JapanYanagisawaCurved
Soprano-S9709xx-JapanYanagisawa-
Soprano-37636901976Japan--
Soprano3763695-JapanYanagisawa-
SopranoS647523721975JapanYanagisawa-
SopranoS647527321975JapanYanagisawa-
Soprano-5753xxx1975Japan--
Soprano71433SS57639531997-98 Purch DateJapanYanigasawaVito 7133SS aka Yani S-6
Baritone-674321-Japan--
Baritone-775777-JapanYanagisawa-


Table 1b: Vito Branded Saxophones

Japan, Yamaha, Low Serial No.
Type Model Ser. No. Date Made In Made By Comments
Tenor-0001761970Not MarkedYamaha YTS-21?
Tenor-0009541971Not MarkedYamaha YTS-21? Made in Kenosha?
Tenor-001286-Japan--
Tenor-001827-Japan--
Alto-004828Purch'd New 1974JapanYamaha-
Alto-008577-JapanYamaha-
Tenor-010xxx~1981JapanYamaha-
Tenor-010723~1981JapanYamaha-
Tenor-011639-JapanYamaha-
Tenor-0116851977JapanYamahaPurch Date
Tenor-0124031977JapanYamahaPurch Date
Tenor-013742-Japan--
Tenor"Super"0137131975Japan--
Tenor-016257-Japan--
Tenor7131T016495-Japan--
Tenor-018336-Japan--
Tenor-0191281980'sJapan--
Alto-023234-Japan--
Alto-023646-Japan--
Alto-027000-Japan--
Alto-031326-Japan--
Alto-033534-Japan--
Alto-035285-Japan--
Alto-037287-Japan--
Alto-037886-Japan--
Alto-042184-Japan--
Alto-043244-Japan--
Alto-049368-Japan--
Alto-0524212002?Japan--
Alto-050233-JapanYamaha-
Alto-0503821980Japan--
Alto-055435-Japan--
Alto-057699-Japan--
Tenor-065288A----
Alto-066702-Japan--
Alto-069284-Japan--
Alto-071357-Japan--
Alto-0745071993JapanYamahaPurch Date
Alto-074750-Japan--
Alto-076638Pre 1987Japan-Purchased 1987
Alto-084xxx~1987Japan-1987
Alto-087209-Japan--
Alto-093809-Japan--
Alto-141117-Japan--
Alto-141421-Japan--
Tenor-145009-Japan--


Table 1c: Vito Branded Saxophones

French, Kenosha variations
Type Model Ser. No. Date Assembled Parts Mfg. Made In Made By Comments
Alto-88----Yamaha/KenoshaNo "A" in Ser. No.
Alto-234Purch'd used in '72----Yamaha/KenoshaNo "A" in Ser. No.
Alto-253----Yamaha/KenoshaNo "A" in Ser. No.
Alto71313341970--Yamaha/KenoshaNo "A" in Ser. No.
Alto-495----Yamaha/KenoshaNo "A" in Ser. No.
AltoModel 35122A-----Rationale System
AltoModel 35132A-----LH bellkeys
AltoModel 35B148?-----Rationale System
AltoModel 35246A~1965----LeBlanc System
AltoYAS-21281A1970-79--Jap/WI--
Alto-370A-----LH Bb, B, C# all under 1 keyguard
Alto-408A------
Tenor-449A---Kenosha-LH Bellkeys
AltoModel 35461A-----LeBlanc System; Gold-Plated?
AltoModel 35465A-----LeBlanc System
AltoModel 35486A-----LeBlanc System
AltoModel 35509A-----LeBlanc System
Alto-646A------
AltoModel 35680A-----LeBlanc System
AltoModel 35834APurch'd new 1964-66----LeBlanc System
AltoModel 35917 (no 'A')1959----LeBlanc System
Alto-B1028------
AltoSpecialB1032-----Marked "Special" & "WHEN ONLY THE BEST IS GOOD ENOUGH"
Alto-B1066-----Marked "WHEN ONLY THE BEST IS GOOD ENOUGH"
Tenor-966A-----LH Bellkeys
Alto-1064A1960's--Kenosha?--
Alto-1083A---Kenosha-LH bellkeys, G# artic. switch, script 'Vito'
Alto-1106A------
AltoModel 36?1110A1960's-----
AltoModel 351150A-----LeBlanc Rationale System
AltoModel 351156A-----LeBlanc Rationale System
AltoModel 351208A-----LeBlanc System
AltoModel 351239A-----LeBlanc System
AltoQuasi-YAS211247A---U.S.?-RH Bellkeys; Japan/US hybrid
AltoModel 351298A~1965Kenosha?France?--LeBlanc-System
Alto-1331-----No "A" in Serial No.; LH Bellkeys
Alto-1339A-----LH Bellkeys
AltoModel 351364A-----LeBlanc-System
Tenor-1410A------
Alto-1439A----KenoshaLH Bellkeys, switchable G#
Alto-1468S--France?---
-Model 35?1483A-----LH bellkeys & LH Hi F#
-1493A-----LH 22, 21, 20, Beaugnier style keyguard on 22, 21; sep. guard on 20 see pix
-Special1519--USA"U.S.A."--
Alto-1552---"U.S.A."-LH bellkeys
AltoSpecial1607---Made in USA-LH Bellkeys
Tenor1612A--FranceKenosha-LH Bellkeys
AltoModel 351649A~1965Kenosha?France?--LeBlanc-System
AltoModel 3517xx---France-LeBlanc-System, LH bellkeys
Alto-1711A---Kenosha-Script 'Vito', LH Bellkeys
Alto-1776A-----RH 22, 21, 20; wh....
AltoSpecial1782Pre-1955?--France-LH bellkeys, gold frost finish, triangle G#, Triangle bell brace
AltoModel 351783A---France-LeBlanc System, LH Bellkeys, LH Hi F#
Alto-1798A------
Alto-1948A-----LH bellkeys, Script "Vito"
Alto-2009A---Kenosha-LH bellkeys, LH F#
AltoModel 37K2073A---Kenosha-Gold-Plated?
Alto-2131A-----LH Bellkeys
AltoLeblanc (Paris) System Model 91352425APurch'd new 1969-----
Alto-2463A---Kenosha-LH Bellkeys
Alto-2486A---Kenosha-LH Bellkeys
AltoModel 352537APurch'd 1972----LeBlanc System
AltoModel 352551A---Kenosha-Johnny Hodges' Horn
AltoModel 352605A-----LeBlanc System
AltoModel 352790A-----Gold-plated, additional engraving
AltoModel 352802A-----LeBlanc System
Alto-2820AB--Kenosha---
Alto-2845A--Kenosha--Lefthand Bellkeys
Alto-2910A--Kenosha---
Alto-2970A--Kenosha--LH Bellkeys
Alto-3076A--Kenosha---
AltoModel 353091A-----Model 35 'System'
Alto-3477A--Kenosha--LH Bellkeys, switchable G#
Alto-3840A~1976-----
AltoVox3885A-Kenosha---Vox Ampliphonics stencil
Tenor-4081APurch'd New 1968KenoshaFrance--LH Bellkeys, switchable G#
Alto-4152A-Kenosha?France---
Alto-4296A1964Kenosha--LH Bellkeys; "Purch'd new in 1964"
Alto-4628A------
Alto-4656APurch'd new 1965Kenosha---bellkeys on left
Alto-5082A-----bellkeys on left
Alto-5100A-KenoshaFrance--LH single guard bellkeys
Alto-5321A-KenoshaFrance--LH single guard bellkeys
Alto-5581A1965----Purchase date
Alto-5833A1965----Purch'd new 1965; Left-hand bell keys
Alto-5926A-----Single LH Bell Key Guard
Alto-59xxA70's----Single LH Bell Key Guard
Alto-6297A-----bellkeys on right
Alto-6309A1968----Lefthand Bellkeys
Alto-6625APurch'd new 1973-----
Alto-6793A------
Alto-7347A-----Lefthand Bellkeys
AltoModel 378607A-Kenosha----
Alto-8725A-----LH Bellkeys
Alto-9218A-----Single LH guard bellkeys
Alto-9683A---France-bellkeys on left
Alto-9732A------
Alto-9811A1971?-----
Bari-9895-France----
Alto-9911ANov. 1967----Purch. Date
Tenor-10079---France-Has 'Face' on bell brace
Tenor-10083---France-RH bellkeys, portrait on bell brace
Alto-10484A------
AltoModel 913910502Purch'd new 1969--France-RH bellkeys, portrait on bellbrace and on brace
AltoModel 3710771APurch'd new 1968----LH Bellkeys
Alto-11359A-----bellkeys on left
Alto-11512A------
Alto"Baldwin"11530A------
Alto-12xxx1953-----
Alto713712098A-Kenosha----
Alto-12576B-----Single LH Bell Key Guard
Alto-13181B-----Single LH Bell Key Guard
Alto-13690B-----Single LH Bell Key Guard
Alto-13738B-Kenosha?France--Looks the same as xxxxA horns
Alto-14213A-Kenosha---LH bellkeys, plastic oval thumbrest
Alto-14739A-----LH Bellkeys
Alto-15562B-----LH Bellkeys
Alto-15738---France-Marked 'Noblet' & "Vito'
Alto-16239A-----LH Bellkeys
Tenor-16264---France-Marked 'Noblet'
Bari-16498---France--
Tenor-16549---France--
Tenor-168331960's--France-LH bellkeys
Tenor-17xxx1970's----No G# Artic. lever
Alto-17102A------
Alto-17105-----RH Bellkeys
Soprano-17238---France-curve soprano
AltoSpecial17368---France-RH Bellkeys, Oval G#, Oval thumbrest
Alto-17403AB-Kenosha?---bellkeys on left
Tenor-17406-France-France--
Tenor-17411---France-RH Bellkeys, Oval G#, Oval thumbrest
Tenor-17529-France-France--
Alto-17706---France-RH Bellkeys
Sopranino!-180xx---France-18 inches long
Sopranino-18068---France--
AltoDuke18137-----RH bell keys
BariDuke18334---France--
TenorDuke183xx---FranceBeaugnierRH bellkeys, elliptical thumbrest,
AltoDuke18467------
TenorDuke18504-----Engraved "Duke" "Special", RH Bellkeys
BariDuke18582---FranceBeaugnier'Open' Low C#
TenorDuke18644---France-RH Bellkeys
TenorDuke186781965-66--France-RH Bellkeys
TenorSpecial19xxx-----RH Bellkeys, oval G#, round pearl thumbrest
AltoDuke190521965-70--France-RH Bellkeys,black, oval plastic thumbrest....
AltoDuke19056---France-Marked 'Duke'
TenorDuke19319--France---
TenorDuke19558--France--Marked 'Duke & 'Special'
AltoDuke19598---France-Marked 'Duke & 'Special'
C-Mel!-19657~1960's--France-alto-type neck YouTube
Alto-19852---France-RH bellkeys
Alto-------No G# articulation switch after s/n 20000?
Soprano-20xxx---FranceBeaugnierstraight soprano
AltoSpecial20016---FranceBeaugnierRH Bellkeys
Alto-20169A------
Alto-20187APurch'd new 1968-69----LH Bellkeys
AltoSpecial20456-----RH Bellkeys
AltoSpecial20728--FranceFranceBeaugnierRH Bellkeys, oval G#, plastic oval thumbrest
AltoSpecial21185--FranceFranceBeaugnierRH Bellkeys, triangular G#....
AltoSpecial21251---France"Vito Special" by Beaugnier-
Alto-21550Purch'd new 1973-74--FranceNot marked "Special"
Tenor-21674--FranceFrance-LH B & Bb under single guard...
Baritone-21908--FranceFrance--
Bari-220xx---FranceBeaugnierLow A
Tenor7137T?22291--FranceFrance-LH B & Bb under single guard...
Tenor-22351---FranceBeaugnierRH bellkeys
Tenor-22494---FranceBeaugnierRH bellkeys
Bari-27605-----Low A; RH Bellkeys
Soprano9139S231901968--France--
Alto-45836---FranceMarked 'Noblet & 'VitoRH bellkeys


Table 1d: Vito Branded Saxophones

V Serial Numbers
Type Model Ser. No. Date Assembled Parts Mfg. Made In Made By Comments
Alto-V-1109------
Alto-V-1157------
Alto-V-1523------
Alto-V-1988------
Alto-V-2119------
Alto-V-2196-Kenosha----
Alto-V-2549-Kenosha----
--V-2671---Kenosha--
AltoDeluxeV-2891early 60'sKenosha?---Elaborate engraving, Raised 'Vito', swivel thumbhook, triple strap ring
AltoDeluxeV-2976-Kenosha---Elaborate engraving, Raised 'Vito'
AltoDeluxeV-3050-Kenosha---Elaborate engraving, Raised 'Vito'
Alto-V-3189-Kenosha----
Alto-V-3294-Kenosha-Kenosha--
Alto-V-3300-Kenosha-Kenosha--


Table 1e: Vito Branded Saxophones

N Serial Numbers
Type Model Ser. No. Date Assembled Parts Mfg. Made In Made By Comments
Tenor-N114427-----LH Bellkeys
Tenor-N114508-----LH Bellkeys
Alto-N120476-----LH Bellkeys
Alto-N120555-----LH Bellkeys


Table 1f: Vito Branded Saxophones

Japan, Yamaha, Later Ser. No's
Type Model Ser. No. Date Assembled Parts Mfg. Made In Made By Comments
Alto-501906-JapanJapanJapan-
Alto-502xxx-JapanJapanJapan-YAS23
Tenor-503314---Japan--
Tenor-503423-JapanJapanJapanYamaha-
Tenor-505xxx-JapanJapanJapanYamahaYTS23
Alto7131R5054781990--JapanYamahaAsterisk above "i"
Tenor-506434-JapanJapanJapanYamaha-
Tenor-5065142001?JapanJapanJapanYamaha-
Alto-508907---Japan--
Alto-5104121999JapanJapanJapan-Purch Date
Alto-5118962002--Japan-Purch Date
Alto-511952---Japan--
Alto-513195---Japan--
Alto-5207651997--Japan-Purch date
Alto-527402-JapanJapanJapan--
Alto-527594-JapanJapanJapanYamaha-
Alto-530437---Japan--
Alto-537688~2000--Japan--
Alto-5416672000--JapanYamahaPurch Date
Alto-544451---Japan--
Alto7131R54849A-JapanJapanJapanYamaha-
Alto-5495512003--Japan--
Alto-551152-JapanJapanJapanYamaha-
Alto-558326---Japan--
Alto-5601212005?--Japan--
Alto-625024---Japan--
Alto-809581---JapanYamahaSeems like Taiwan s/n?


Table 1g: Vito Branded Saxophones

Taiwanese
Type Model Ser. No. Date Assembled Parts Mfg. Made In Made By Comments
Alto-03377---Taiwan-RH Bellkeys; different bellkey guard
Alto-121011982-83--Taiwan-RH Bellkeys
Alto-001471---Taiwan--
Alto-002392---Taiwan--
Alto-002975---Taiwan-RH Bellkeys
Tenor-003037---Taiwan-RH Bellkeys
Soprano-13806---Taiwan--
Alto-040188~1996--Taiwan-Purch. Date
Alto-041112---Taiwan--
Alto-0415041994--Taiwan-Purch. Date
Alto-1021032003--Taiwan-Hi F#, RH BellKeys
Tenor-360089---Taiwan-RH bellkeys
Alto-400259---USA--
Alto-402481-----Country of Origin not marked
Alto-402523-----Country of Origin not marked
Alto-404598---Taiwan--
Alto-509513---Taiwan-RH Bellkeys
Tenor7133T560141---Taiwan-RH bellkeys
Alto-602xxx---Taiwan--
Tenor-6060011986--Taiwan-RH bellkeys
Alto-640012---Taiwan-RH Bellkeys
Alto-641034---Taiwan--
Alto-642908---Taiwan--
Tenor7133T6601301983--Taiwan-Purch. Date
Alto-710545---Taiwan-RH Bellkeys
Soprano-738xxx---Taiwan--
Tenor-807993---Taiwan--
Tenor-818117---Taiwan--
Alto-8198841985--Not Marked-LH Bellkeys
Alto-909566---Taiwan-RH Bellkeys
Alto-914662---Taiwan-RH Bellkeys
Alto-91595---Taiwan--
Soprano-938055---Taiwan--
Alto-940351---Taiwan--
Alto-A1035577---Taiwan-RH Bellkeys, circular Bellbrace, High F#
Alto-A2117316---Taiwan-RH Bellkeys, circular Bellbrace, High F#
Alto- Z10737Purch'd 1990--Taiwan-Wing-shaped fingertouches Low D# & C

Table 2

  Serial Numbers Fabricated Made/Assembled In Dates
French, Beaugnier-built, imported to U.S. 1xxx thru 2xxx France France 1950s
Model 35 (Rationale style) 1xxA thru 26xxA 1960s
Kenosha assembled, French fabricated "A" horns
(only altos? tenors still made in France?)
xxxA

xxxxA

France Kenosha, WI 1960s
Kenosha "V" horns V-xxxx ? Kenosha, WI Start 1957 or '58
Japanese Yamaha - Low Serial Numbers 001xxx through 09xxxx Japan Japan Mid/late 70s through Mid/late 80s
Taiwan-made horns 6xxxxx

8xxxxx

9xxxxx

Taiwan Taiwan Mid 80s
Taiwan-made horns 04xxxx Taiwan Taiwan Mid 90s
Japanese Yamaha - High Serial Numbers 5xxxxx Japan Japan 2000s
Yanagisawa - Soprano & Bari Various Japan Japan Various

Below is a table of modern Vito models.
I'm really shooting in the dark here. If anybody has info, please let me know.
The earlier series, made in France are the 30's series
The later models are in the 7000 series, usually with letters appended. I assume some of the letters indicate whether they are tenor, alto, etc
I have seen 7131, 7131R, 7131RK, 7131TK, etc. etc. etc.
okay...there's a lot of guesswork here, but below is my summary of the above table.
Here's a nugget of info: I read on one of the forums where someone said the model 7131 Vito is made in Japan by Yamaha whereas the 7133 Vito is made in Taiwan by Jupiter (KHS).
I see Japan stamped horns that the seller says is a 7133, but I suspect that they are using the model numbers arbitrarily.
Another guy said the Japanese/Yamaha horns are fabricated in Japan and assembled in Kenosha, while the Taiwan horns arrive in the US fully assembled.

More info:
Yamaha closed their Grand Rapids, Michigan facility May 2007.
Up until then, Yamaha made all the parts abroad, and sent their YAS23 student saxophones in parts/pieces for assembly to Grand Rapids
The Vito 7131Rs were sent to and assembled in Elkhorn, Wisc (or should it be Kenosha?) at the LeBlanc plant.

The Vito 7133 models are made for Leblanc by Jupiter (KHS).

[In regards to the following sentence, it may be incorrect...someone has pointed out that they have a Vito with an "i" dotted with an asterisk and which also says 'Made In Japan']
Best way to determine this, is by looking at the " i " in "Vito". If it is an upside triangle, it's a 7131R.
If it's an asterisk *, it's a 7133.

Also, the VIto 7131's are clearly stamped "Made in Japan" as on the YAS23's
Not sure if the 7133's are stamped "Made in Taiwan. At least some are.

Table 3

LeBlanc Vito Model # Type of Sax Made By Made In
35 Alto - 'System' Beaugnier France
38SC - Duke Curved Sop Beaugnier France
38S - Duke Straight Sop Beaugnier France
38 - Duke Alto Beaugnier France
38T - Duke Tenor Beaugnier France
38B - Duke Bari Beaugnier France
38BB - Duke Bass Beaugnier France
39 - Duke Special Alto Beaugnier France
39T - Duke Special Tenor Beaugnier France
39BA - Duke Special Baritone Beaugnier France
7133 - Jupiter - KHS Taiwan
7131 RK - - -
7131 R - - Japan
7136 - - -
7137 Altos & Tenors LeBlanc Kenosha
7140 Alto - USA
7190BA Bari Yanagisawa Japan
7133 SS Soprano Yani? Japan?
7190 BA Bari Yani? Japan?
7131 TK Tenor - -
7133 T Tenor - Taiwan
9139 Alto Beaugnier France
 
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