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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, rip, 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.
This is an Otto Link “double ring” tenor piece that I set up and personally used on many gigs over the years. It has a very balanced response with the characteristic warm and lyrical vocal sound these are known for. This one is faced at .100 close to it’s original size. It is very comfortable to play and has a truly wonderful tone. I have kept it for many years as evidence of its excellence. This is also why I labeled it “masterpiece”.
Early Babbitt Otto Link 9 all original near mint with clamshell baffle and all. This is a nice playing loud and projecting original piece. It is NOT a straight signature FLorida, but a true EB.
A great majority of EB Links have been sent out by people to have them refaced and dissatisfied with the result often attempt to sell them as “original”. That has created a situation where some buyers without experience are dissatisfied when original do not play as they expect them to since all they have ever played are refaced that they thought were original.
The Original facings used on the EB pieces were specific and produce a specific response such as this one. They are designed to produce a certain kind of resistance that improves the aggressiveness of the reed vibration and therefore brightness or power. This is a near perfect original, ready to play loud and/or smoky.
Here is another of Lew Tabackin’s Otto Links, a FL no USA 7* opened to .112 by Powell. This was a piece that he used on many recordings and gigs. To me it played similar to his other Slant Link with a very big and projecting response on my reeds, plenty of edge too. This facing is very comfortable to play even at a large size (for me) since larger sizes are out of my comfort zone. This will be perfect for those big players.
Otto Link Slant, originally 7* set up by the famous mouthpiece craftsman, Frank Wells back in the day. This piece belonged to Lew Tabackin and was taken to Frank Wells by him for a special set up. The piece measures around .112 on my tools and plays very very big and loud (to me). Lew has his own sound but for me, because I dont use terribly hard reeds it plays bright, loud, and with a fast response. It is still over my size but it plays very comfortably and with a whole lot of power. The model itself is very early Florida production, some of the best mouthpieces ever!
Original Dukoff “stubby” tenor mouthpiece, with original ligature (may have one screw replaced). This piece is in fine original condition and plays BIG and warm. It is very much a 1950’s type of organic vocal tone. People who know these pieces are familiar with the vibe, similar to a vintage Link Tonemaster with a higher floor, a little more projection. These are rare and popular with good reason.
This one has original biteplate in good shape protected with a patch.
This MK VI alto from 1958 is truly excellent. It is loud, complex, and allows the player to play against the proper resistance for a kind of reliably backed feeling to the sound. The lacquer is original with European engraving down to the bow, very nice. The old finish has ‘crazing’ especially associated with French lacquer.
Someone imported this to the US many decades ago and as was done occasionally, they attempted to obscure the Selmer badges to avoid import tariffs. I was able to clean up and reveal the bell badge to a significant degree, there is still some solder there and one foot of the bell key guard had to be reattached. The badge on the neck is not visible at this point. These are of course just cosmetic blemishes and this is one excellent MK VI, such that it is my preferred alto at this point. It does need some pad attention.
I am not in a rush to sell this one as it is my preference to play for alto, but I am putting it out there for anyone looking for a really great MK VI alto of this period. I would not have a problem selling it to someone who would play it more than myself since I mainly play tenor.
Here is a video demo I did with a NY Meyer alto piece with this horn:
Selmer MK VI tenor saxophone, 1958 76xxx original US lacquer in very very beautiful condition. The sound this horn produces is SHOCKING. It is wide with a big dark warmth while simultaneously having brilliant bright edge and presence. The response is so fast and clear it is just surprising. Being that is is from 1958 it is a bit unexpected that is feels so modern and live, but then this was when the best horns were made.
This is in excellent condition and appearance. It does however have a small amount of lacquer wear, some scratches, minor dent repairs and two resoldered key guard feet that appear to have probably just popped off and needed to be reattached. I don’t see evidence of a significant trauma or event there. So, this is not a PERFECT mint condition example. It has some cosmetic issues, but relatively speaking this horn is quite beautiful and the sound it out of this world.
The pads have recently been replaced it seems. I’ve done some minor pad adjustment but not much. It is currently in good playing condition as you will hear in the video. It could probably use some more adjustment or whatever the new owner wants to do in terms of a setup. It is not in immediate need of anything at the moment though.
This is a rarely great horn, ready to take on the gig. Do not miss.