1960s French Vito
Another fun research project:
- Year: mid-1960s (~1965)
- Make: Vito
- Model: Unknown (French Beaugnier/Kenosha, WI USA - Model 35/37/38/39, Duke, 100/120...)
- Status: SOLD
- Finish: Original Lacquer body and keys
- Serial Number: 711A
First off: How do you pronounce: "Beaugnier"?:
"Bo-knee-eh" or "Bone-yay" is the quick start version.
Well better than a "starter sax" label, with vintage Vito/Beaugnier bones and strong metal! - Good for kids or someone who understands the quality build in that. The French lineage makes this sax a one of quality. Although the ergonomics are less friendly. It has heavy metal, strong metal, and good intonation. History has it that the parts are from Beaugnier in France, to assemble in Kenosha. It is a "Late Beaugnier/Early Vito"
- Left hand bell keys - (Beaugnier, French)
- Standardized keywork - Vito (Kenosha, WI)
- Pearl cap on key guards - I've seen on Vito Model 35 & 37(but not all).
- G# has the ON/OFF Articulator - Beaugnier
- Screw adjustable F#-G# arm - Beaugnier
- Underneck support rib - Beaugnier ("Duke" models), etc
- Octave thumbrest "Egg"(WWS term) - LeBlanc, Model35/37/39, Duke, etc
- teeder-todder octave linkage
- Triangular C/Eb
- Black rollers (can't say if original; some were amber)
- "vito" script on the G# lever
- Vertical "VITO" bell engraving, with 3-layer scroll around it (not all models had 3 layers).
Through extensive research, I have yet to find an educated source with a Model name for this sax. It may be a true "transitional".
It had a few bumps from life, and a pearl is missing from the guard; but the sheer reputation in this horn should make those who shun status take a closer look. Put a good mouthpiece on this and you'll hang right with the other great saxes of the world.
TONE: "French" in tone; smaller bore. The tone will be more rich than any modern student sax.
Other notable to the tone: The in-line tone holes (not offset like Selmer etc), is why some sax geeks love these. The tone waves, and conical measurements were designed to benefit from the original shape of the these physics; just see an original Adolph Sax design.
CASE: Original hard case in ok condition. shows medium wear.
Cosmetic Rating: 6.5 wear and tear
At any rate, this will be a quality sax to enjoy!