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This is a beautiful King Super 20 313xxx that just came in here. It has all original lacquer, full pearls, a few very minor dings, all original pads, some falling out. Nothing has every been changed on this horn, and probably barely ever played. This is guaranteed to be a monster of a horn. I tried the neck on my other King and it was incredibly complex with a huge wide spread to the sound.
The neck still has gold lacquer over the silver, a rare thing, and the pearls still have a bit of the original gold lacquer on them as well. Original case in rough shape, original mouthpiece and end cap present as well. These are THE-BEST Kings!
This piece is shocking, such great quality. This is an original early slant 4* size, untouched and plays beautifully. What can I say? it is just great, I was totally surprised. I played this with a Lavoz Medium and it just blasts, has a huge complex sound and is a joy to play. This is a great piece any way you look at it, does not need super hard reed, just a wonderful sound and very easy to play! Wow, all I can say!
Here we have an Otto Link slant signature tenor mouthpiece, no USA, mid-period FL. This was originally stamped 6*. It had a poorly done reface on it and a small hole drilled for a pickup. The hole has been perfectly filled and the facing baffle and tip restored to optimal and period-authentic specifications.
This has been set up with a late FL/EB style long shelf baffle, and a very springy low curve style facing replicated from a wonderfully playing loud and aggressive 7* original metal no USA Link I recently had here. The result is that this piece plays very powerfully and authoritatively, which you can hear on the video. Though it is not overly bright or in any way shrill it has impressive projection and can handle any amount of air thrown at it and respond with yet more power.
The tip size is .100, maybe .101, but on my tools it shows .100 at the back of the tip rail. The table is flat and excellent and rails, facing tip all level and optimal, just a thrill to play. This is an excellent model period right on the transition between the early FL to the late FL blank design. This one particularly has a very high floor as well which is part of the fun. Great fun player, do not miss!
Here we have a truly great mouthpiece, in mint original condition. This is not the Florida blank that is often referred to as Early Babbitt, this is the true early BABBIT blank. It does not have the high drop to the beak, but it has a high floor inside, smaller chamber and very long baffle. This is an apex player Otto Link.
This one is stamped 8, though the tip size measures right around .115. The facing, table, tip baffle etc are all untouched factory condition and the piece plays EXCELLENTLY! it’s just a bit big for my comfort zone, (I usually plays 6*-7) but even for me it is extremely easy to play. It is VERY LOUD if you want it to be, yes also has a really large territory of sound inside. It can play very broad yet still somehow retains this bright focused and easily controllable structure to the sound. It is extremely fun to play. This is like an “IT” mouthpiece for Otto Link lovers.
If it was a 7 or even 7* I would not be selling this at all.
This here is a very special mouthpiece. It came to me a somewhat worn FL no USA 7 Otto Link. It was obviously a phenomenal player. Some of these, the great ones you can tell they are the special ones because they have been just played so much that the tip rail has no longer any definition, worn right into the baffle. These are the pieces that old time roots players played into the dirt. These folks KNEW when they had a good one.
When I saw the worn baffle on this piece I knew it was one of those; a certain type of Otto Link that plays effortlessly with a complexity and range that most others cannot approach. This type of FL Link is not so easily found. I’ve played a few over the years, a friend of mine has an original 10 that feels as easy as a 7 to play and it is the same model as this with the same kind of dedicated playing wear.
In this case this was so worn it needed a reset. The biteplate had a massive valley worn into it. I’ve replaced that with a new and beautiful hard rubber biteplate. The table, facing, tip, rails, baffle have all been recreated from zero in specifically the authentic style and finish of this model period of Otto Link. There are many people who can reface a mouthpiece, but not too many taking this approach. This piece is a very good example of how good they can be.
I have not bothered to address the outer cosmetic wear on the mouthpiece. If that is more important to you it is not hard to have it done, I have put my efforts into the function of the mouthpiece. In that area it excels with a very complex sound, a lot of warmth and a rare smoothness and definition throughout the range of the horn.
Tip opening is exactly .100 on my tools. It plays with the original character it should have but a LOT easier to play than most originals will. This piece is for the real player, or the one who wants to up their game with a hand crafted prime vintage universe of tone.
This horn is one of my own players here, a very nice old 1957/58 MK VI alto with lovely european engraving. This one is a wonderful tone creator. Back in the day someone tried to obscure the Selmer badge to avoid import taxes so it has a bit of blemish on the bell, but structurally the horn is excellent.
As you can see it has a flaking original lacquer situation, but beautiful engraving. Notice the High F# option. Aside from the disfigured Selmer badges (on the neck as well) and the key guard foot on the bell that had to be soldered back on (appeared to have just popped up) this horn has no damage of any kind that I can see. It has original pads and European 1950’s metal resonators as well. This is probably the best alto I have had in a long time.
Here is a video demo I did with a NY Meyer alto piece with this horn:
Here we have the most popular model period for Selmer Alto, the MK VI 140xxx series. This one is right on the number 140xxx has original finish with probably original pads as well.
Now, I had someone up here who had an alto also numbered 140xxx that he bought personally from David Sanborn, and was a personal horn of Sanborn’s. This horn here has old pads and is in fairly leaky condition at the moment, but within THREE notes out of this horn it was clear that it had about twice the volume and depth as that alto that came from Sanborn’s personal stock of players. This is probably the best sounding and respinding MK VI alto anyone is going to find… anywhere.
It did not notice any damage on this horn, maybe some TEENY dings, and obviously some scratches. There is some corrosion to the finish as well, but overall it is in excellent condition. There is one low C key guard foot that came loose and I resoldered it solid, it is shown in the photos but not easy to see and does not show much. The pads are old and will need attention.
I was truly shocked at the sound that came out of this when I heard it. I have played it as well and it is great, but in this case I was listening to someone else play it and compare it and the difference was unmistakeable. This is just an unbelievable player.
These are hard to find and this one is easily one of the best examples ever. If you are looking for one of these models, time to jump is now.
This here is an excellent Otto Link Early Babbitt 7* tenor saxophone mouthpiece. I’ve optimized the facing, basically balancing the curve and flattening the table a bit while keeping the original spec. curve and configuration. Now it plays as it should but just easier, smoother and more clearly than it did fro the factory. The tip size has not been altered.
This piece has a lot of projection, a smaller beak size than a FL Link a bit more focus, while still retaining the vintage organic vocal quality of the earlier Links. Players know these are some of the best Otto Links and this one is set up to gig.
This here is a MK VI tenor given to me by a good friend to sell. He is a professional musician in the NY area and has had this tenor for many years. 86xxx is of course the magically desired number for being associated with Michael Brecker, but also just for being a truly great design period for Selmer. This example does not disappoint at-all. The tone, well you will hear on the video, but it has a lot of power yet plenty of warmth and organic quality to the sound. It has all of the depth we want from a 5-digit Selmer and all of the power we want in an 80k MK VI. The play is very smooth throughout the range and the voice all over the horn has a lot of presence and color.
I could just keep writing about what a great sound it has and etc etc but it really had to be experienced. The pads are not new but in very good shape. It could use a bit of regulation for noise and smoothness of action, and probably a going over for minor adjustments etc.
This horn is original lacquer, and it is is a player’s horn, not for the collector or museum (unless you want to collect great playing horns). It has it’s share of old dents/dings and some solder repairs. The serial numbers match on body, neck and bell. I don’t know the history of this horn before my friend got it some years ago. The lacquer is absolutely original lacquer. My friend had the neck silver plated for preservation some years back, some of that is wearing off at this point. This horn plays exactly as the very best 80k horns should and will likely put many of them to shame.
It is a great purchase for someone looking for a world class tone amplifier at an easier price. For a player this is one not to miss.