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Vintage G. Leblanc France-produced Vito Model 35 Alto Sax - Serial # 1133A

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Our Price: $ 1,500.00

Product ID: 1133AVitoAlto

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Here's a fairly unique horn for the collectors our there. This is a Leblanc France-produced Vito “System” alto saxophone, serial number 1133A. We've seen a handful of these horns over the years with the G. Leblanc name on it, but I can't recall seeing a Vito before.

 

The Leblanc System saxophones feature an extremely unique design. Its key work does lay nicely under the fingers but physically looks much more complex next to a standard key layout. These saxophones were manufactured on a limited production level and are not super common. The inspiration for the unique key work and tone hole placement is based of the Bohem principal. This design was made to give improved clarity and balance in all registers as well as improve the intonation. A innovation feature worth showcasing is the high F# key placed under the traditional palm key cluster, rather than the lower right hand stack.

 

This particular Vito is a very pretty example with very good lacquer coverage. Current pads are in very good shape, fitted with brown plastic resonators, but there are some leaks, and you've got to squeeze a bit to play down to the lower range of the horn. The body is in excellent physical condition showing some honest light play wear. Mostly just some light surface scratches and a few smaller dings around the lower body area. The bell, bell flare, bow and bow cap are all in excellent condition. The original octave key thumbrest has come off and been replaced with a leather pad (see photos), but the original plastic rest is in the case, should you try to repair it and re-attach it. This saxophone does also include the original neck. It is in great shape and has never been pulled down.

 

This saxophone came into our shop playing well on existing pads. Ultimately if you are going to make this a performance instrument it will need a fresh pro set up before it will be in perfect playing condition. Because this is a rather rare instrument we are going to sell it in as is condition on the existing adjustment. Ships with original wood hard case.