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These pieces are very rare, New York Meyer, 3m original metal alto. This has got to be from the 1940’s or early 1950’s at the very latest. There are VERY few of these around anywhere. it is a large chamber handcrafted mouthpiece with an attached ligature like the old Master Link models and this one is in very nice condition. This is a great addition to your vintage Meyer treasure trove and will certainly provide vintage sauce for your alto.
Here we have a couple of old Tonemasters in the shop. One is certainly original, the other might have been either cleaned roughly or sanded a bit. Either way both are slightly rough and generally in line for restoration.
This is a Zimberoff/Dukoff Hollywood produced under the brand “GEM” which I cannot quite remember, I think it was associated with Gregory mouthpieces, but I could be wrong. In any case this is the desirable large round chambered model. It has a pretty big tip for an original piece from the 1950’s at 7 and it appears to be original but has some wear. Rarre find!
Original stainless steel berg from the 1950’s. Denim table, type font stamp, all correct. Hard to find piece in excellent shape!
This is a truly amazing piece and find, Selmer Tenor MK VI #70xxx in original U.S. engraved gold lacquer that has turned rather dark. This horn is from the estate of “Count” ‘Red’ Hastings, (Lowell Hastings). He was a member of the famous Louis Jordan band and also associated with numerous other very famous musicians from the the golden age of jazz.
Included is the original trey-pack case in decent condition with a slightly functional zipper, as well as the original case cover (in ratty but fitting condition). Also included are numerous original photos (showing him playing THIS HORN) as even music arrangements probably used by famous names written in his own hand. We even have a receipt for an overhaul ordered and signed for by Louis Jordan himself. This is a treasure trove of thrilling history.
The horn itself is in excellent condition with normal lacquer wear from age and use, scratches and some very minor dings, no serious damage. The neck shares the original serial number and has a few scratches but structurally it is near perfect and still looking very nice. Some pads are missing, the ones present have original Tone-X resonators in them. This horn certainly needs an overhaul, has been sitting a long time but it is is fine shape and quite straight without any extreme measures needed. It is going to be a wonderful vintage powerhouse with a deep complex tone as these early 70k tenors usually are. I just have not gotten around to setting this one up and after looking through the artifacts I am not sure I want to change it right now.
Hear “Count” Hastings here:
This piece was received in a trade and belonged to a NYC pro tenorman who bought it from Dave Guardala way back when. The table, facing, tip, baffle are all original. The biteplate was replaced by Guardala and done nicely. Out of many original vintage FL Links this one plays exceptionally well I think the tip size is around a 6* (have to go measure again) and this thing really really plays. It has a dark core like Links do, but it also has that long flat baffle of the this period and delivers a shockingly crisp, immediate and clear response. I have to say this one is rather aggressive and extremely fun to play.
This is one of the best Links I have actually ever played in this size. Buyer beware… of confusion and addiction to this Link!
This is an original 7 Slant Link from the early FL period, Excellent! I got this from the original owner who bought it in the 1950’s and used it for many years on gigs. No wonder why, this piece plays beautifully! It has kind of a chocolate tone, very rich, yet with an unexpected amount of bright given that these do not have a whole lot of baffle. However, that brightness, they did it with the facing and the chamber!
This piece plays so nicely, and it is exceedingly comfortable to blow. It is very rare to find not only an original 7, but one that plays so well. Please not the beautiful original milling markings on the table and the original tip rail and baffle! The biteplate area had some bite indentation that I filled and covered with a patch, it is a non-issue. The piece also has some cosmetic scratches which affect nothing. Any piece that plays THIS GREAT will certainly have such wear, and normally people just never let them go because the great ones are rare.
This is a recent restoration I did of an Otto Link ‘double ring’ tenor piece that I found in very worn condition. I have reconstructed the biteplate and protected it with a patch. I completely treated the table, tip, baffle and facing. I did use a specific facing on this piece making it play pretty much exactly like some of the best original early FL and double ring Links I have had. Wow, that was quite a success. One of the best DR’s I have ever done, this one also labeled “masterpiece”. Originally a 6, this is now a .097 so a slightly big 6*.
This has a very fine tip rail and a significant baffle in the original style of these pieces. The tone is lyrical, vocal, warm with a slight buzz and nearly perfect amount of resistance.