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Yamaha YCL-230 Alto Clarinet is VITO Stencil!
« on: November 15, 2019, 03:49:46 PM »
Yamaha's YCL-230 plastic alto clarinet is definitively a stencil made by Vito.

This is proved by the shape of the keys, especially the F# plate. This doesn't have the kidney-bean key touches, but not all Vitos have that either.

The smoking gun is the factory-original pads are are marked "Vito" on the cardboard backing.
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Re: Yamaha YCL-230 Alto Clarinet is VITO Stencil!
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2019, 04:25:32 PM »
Hmmn, this would explain the "USA" stamp just below the Yamaha logo. Interesting!

I knew Leblanc did source saxophone parts for their Kenosha Vito horns from Yamaha Japan. I had no idea that the Leblanc/Yamaha relationship went further than that with clarinets such as yours.
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Re: Yamaha YCL-230 Alto Clarinet is VITO Stencil!
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2019, 04:58:32 PM »
I don't really come into contact with Yamaha clarinets much at all; I wish I did so I could investigate this further.

If this alto is the exact same one that Vito used, then I would assume that there were other ones as well
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Re: Yamaha YCL-230 Alto Clarinet is VITO Stencil!
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2019, 03:36:57 PM »
I like Yamaha saxophones (altos in particular). They have been labeled as "neutral" sounding and I have to agree. It allows an accurate assessment of mouth piece choice. Their is not much of a "built in" sound concept to deal with. An even scale is nice to work with too!

With that said, I have never played a Yamaha clarinet but with the market value on used YCL-34's, that may change.  :D
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Re: Yamaha YCL-230 Alto Clarinet is VITO Stencil!
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2020, 11:38:35 AM »
Looks just like my Vito alto, which I love! The upper chalumeau and the lower clarion have some of the tonal magic of a baritone sax.  I have two old Vito hard rubber mouthpieces. They both sound wonderful. They take alto sax reeds.
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