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Vito / Beaugnier Straight Soprano 23xxx Rare!

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This is a saxophone that I had not seen before. It’s a rare Beaugnier Paris soprano, made mid-century by this small instrument maker in France, and sold to Vito (France) to be sold under their name. Beaugnier saxophones are not yet appreciated as much as they deserve to be. This company produced a small number of high-quality saxophones made by hand and sold them both under their own name, and under other brand names, like Noblet and Vito. These horns all have a rich, centered, medium bright tone that is reminiscent of other French saxophones of that time, like Selmer, Buffet or Couesnon.

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This is a saxophone that I had not seen before. It’s a rare Beaugnier Paris soprano, made mid-century by this small instrument maker in France, and sold to Vito (France) to be sold under their name. Beaugnier saxophones are not yet appreciated as much as they deserve to be. This company produced a small number of high-quality saxophones made by hand and sold them both under their own name, and under other brand names, like Noblet and Vito. These horns all have a rich, centered, medium bright tone that is reminiscent of other French saxophones of that time, like Selmer, Buffet or Couesnon. This horn is in original condition, and is both original lacquer and original pads. You can make a few saxophone sounds on it, so that I can easily tell that it plays like any other Beaugnier, but it will need a repad to play well, so the price is lower to give you room to do that.

In terms of ergonomics, the main adjustment for me compared to a modern saxophone is getting used to a somewhat spaced out upper stack, the palm keys and the pinky cluster. These are all different from a modern horn, but perfectly serviceable. This should be a very cool soprano for someone out there, both as a player and as an interesting horn to own. You do not see these very often, and they have a unique and pleasant tone. At this price, you are getting a pro soprano for a real bargain. Get it now before it’s gone! I doubt I’ll see another one any time soon.

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