Posted 9/Nov 2010 at 22:18
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Otto Link New York Tone Master - Vintage Saxophone Mouthpiece

It was the first Otto Link metal mouthpiece that had a ridge at the top to guide the ligature. The note on the shank is often mistaken as a number nine star facing (9*)

Personal experience

It plays wonderfully with a Selmer Mark VI and it delivers great projection with thicker reeds, I have tried up to 3,5 Hemke. 

Conclusion

Manufactured on 117 West 48th street in New York City, a legend of a mouthpiece, this is the one that Coltrane recorded Soultrane with. It plays wonderfully with a Selmer Mark VI and it delivers great projection with thicker reeds, I have tried up to 3,5 Hemke. 

There is one downside, and that is that it will take you a good while to get it under control. I have heard this of a few people who were disappointed after finally getting hold of one. They put it on their horn, started playing and it squeaked on almost every other note. Stick with it, I say, it took me a year or so to get it under control but now it has surpassed any of my other mouthpieces in terms of flexibility and tone quality. 

It was made for soprano, alto and tenor - and if you look and are willing to spend a few hundred euros you will find a piece to deliver instant vintagility (yeah, just invented a new word here) BUT enable you to play strong and focused over the full range of the saxophone.

The vintage New York links were made out of Nickel, had a large chamber and a low baffle. It was manufactured to be the successor of the four **** model.

Interesting details are that it actually states New York on the mouthpiece and has a serial number, something not very common in mouthpieces these days. A four digit serial number indicates an earlier one whereas a 3 digit serial indicates a later date of manufacture.

It is not advised to open these mouthpieces up, almost in all cases they get ruined and lose their original integrity and projection. 

A number of Coleman Hawkins specials were produced in the 1943, which are now very collectible They can be recognised by the 'HS' stamp on the table.

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