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Here we have a very very nice original (100% authentic) late Florida Otto Link ‘straight signature’ tenor piece at it’s original 5 facing, unaltered and a wonderful player as well. Body is quite clean, facing curve untouched, tip in good shape, original long clamshell baffle (hand finished) and original table milling obvious and present. They don’t get much nicer than this. Most of the examples we see for sale out there now are fakes, this is real and these are hard to find. Generally these are a bit more powerful than slant sig but mostly the same mouthpiece, probably the best of the hard rubber Florida models for projection.
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Here we have the much vaunted mid-80k tenor of legend. This is right at the apex, 85k serial, original US lacquer at about 99.5% preserved state with some age speckle. US Elkhart engraved, original matched neck, factory sharp pearls, and a high class overhaul ready to go.
There are none of what I would call “dents” on this horn and never have been. There were a few tiny scuffs on the horn, just tiny stuff that you would hard pressed to even find. It’s very close to new condition. The neck had minor flex to it, revealing that the horn has been played; the angle and contour are correct for the model period.
The horn was overhauled from the ground up; custom pad order, pad treatment, nickel plated brass mostly Tonex 5-digit selmer resos with some resotech fill-ins. Balanced approach key fitting, toneholes conservatively leveled and dressed, old school cork &felt, nice neck fit etc. The key action is open enough but not huge, the balance between speaking and speed.
This is a horn that has the expected sound for the mid 80k period but is perhaps uncharacteristically focused and loud. It is not what I would call a spread horn. It has a powerful bright edge that some of the earlier mid 80k’s lack. It is not the wide lush sofa you might find at 82k. It is more of an edgy power puncher with a raspy edge that offers some spring to push against.
Minty (nearly new) original US 85k tenors are not easily available these days.
Here we have an otto Link 8 with a serial number of the early Florida production. These serial numbered pieces are either exactly the same as a FL double ring inside or extremely close to it. They are extremely difficult to find in any condition, but good to original condition is next to impossible. This one I was lucky to get on a trade. It was a great piece to start with, but I have very gently optimized it by cleaning up the tip rail and balancing the rails only. The piece has not been opened or radically altered from its original configuration. It plays exceptionally well and just has a specifically great voice.
This is an interesting piece in that it has an early Tonemaster body style yet shows a later 3 digit serial from the ‘improved’ model. On the opposite side the normal Patent stamps are missing. I am wondering if this was a prototype or transition to the improved model? Anyhow it’s been refaced to 0.96. Someone has installed a wedge baffle that I removed and did some minor cleanup as well. This piece has a lot of potential, could use a little work.
This piece is original, has a bit of wear and a little abrasion but has not been altered. The original 5* facing is .089 on this one so actually almost a 6. It could benefit from a little optimizing as most original Links would, but it’s a very sound example to start with. Originals are no longer easy to find.
Wonderful rare 110xxx MK VI soprano, this is getting very close to the 99xxx mark of Coltrane’s soprano and is the same design point; having the earlier bore of the late 5 digits yet with the articulated c# regulator (a double “donut” pad assembly) that was prototyped in the mid 80xxx but did not come into production until the 90xxx period.
The condition of this horn is excellent, all original lacquer (a few very minor blemishes) and original pads and resonators with the exception of maybe 2. It plays quite well, but given that most of the pads have lacquer on them from 1962 I would suggest it will be better with an overhaul eventually. It is just not in dire need.
The sound is focused, buzzy as these are, rich and quite loud with a vocal quality. This has a ‘something’ that definitely disappears by the mid-100-teen numbers. It is near impossible to find this serial number and design these days, and it is preferred by a set of folks who know. I kept this one for years, and may yet keep it, but for the moment here it is for the ambitious!
This King Silversonic is exceptionally well preserved, it has been played very little. The pads are original along with everything else including the original packing label, factory inspection tag and King Instruments catalog 1970 with a price of $835.00! It currently plays, fairly well but being original pads it will need an overhaul for sure. It’s in very nice condition and plays with a rather huge muscular and flexible tone. Many people would say that this mid 400-serial is the best period for King Silversonic.
Selmer MK VI tenor 98xxx one very special horn. Everyone who has tried this one has loved it. It is a very powerful, balanced and full player. It has plenty of weight to the sound as well as a forceful edge and depth. The US lacquer and engraving are all original and in show several color variations, seems to be still darkening over time. The neck, bell, bow all are structurally spotless with no previous damage nor repair of any kind. There is minor lacquer speckle on some keys but thats all really. It’s a near mint original, the pearls are quite sharp.
I’ve given this the absolute excellent setup with custom treated pads and large 5-digit original Selmer ToneX resos. It plays exactly as great as it should. This horn is special enough that the listing may be removed – quite likely, but its here for the moment. It is for the treasure seeker and will not be cheap as it is very hard to find a player like this in this condition as well. I honestly don’t know what to write- its among the best.
Here is a wonderful and extremely rare original 21xxx Balanced Action tenor. The vast majority of remaining Balanced Actions have all been refinished, as they are just quite old. Some of those very early 1950’s relacquers were done at the factory and are stunningly good, many will fool many wish-to-be experts. Actual originals though, are extremely elusive, probably nocturnal, reclusive and nearly extinct, not adapting to human civilized expansion.
This one is a very rare find in that it is in excellent condition, minimal repairs and plays exceptionally well. It has all the early mechanisms, and extensive artistic engraving that is still very sharp and crisp. It plays with a huge, wide and rather brash on-stage type of sound that was engineered for a time when microphones were not common.
It has an added strap ring in the modern position for much more comfortable playing and arthritis prevention protocol, one resoldered guard foot at the low C, and some repair to perfection of the neck angle. It has had everything done to set it up to tight tolerance and optimization, fitted with original (if I remember correctly) Selmer ToneX resos hoarded from SBA’s. Original Balanced Actions had no resos (true). It plays like a million$$ under the fingers and is a super flexible and expressive. It won’t cost a million but if it seems like this should be a bargain it’s probably best not to ask. It’s been decades since original Balanced Action were freely galavanting the countryside and it’s never going to happen again.