Here I have compared the closely preceding late Tonemaster to the Quad-ring and then NY Double ring, then transitional Double ring for chamber size and internal machining.
I just got this amazingly rare and special piece, an otto Link 4-ring transitional piece from Tonemaster to ‘Super’ Tonemaster; this is the first Super Tonemaster before the ‘Double Ring”. It is a NY production piece from the Otto Link (not Florida, Ben Harrod). This has the first super tonemaster body and from my feeling a slightly different chamber from Tonemaster as well, but not exactly the same as double ring. Of course the double rings models vary plenty amongst themselves but this still feels a bit different to me.
This type of piece was immortalized in photos of John Coltrane, specifically this set by Charles Stewart taken in 1964. He was always switching mouthpieces of course but it is interesting that this is somewhere near the ‘Love Supreme” recording time period.
Here is a FL Otto Link ‘USA’ stamped tenor piece faced at 7*. This is basically original in every way except for a very very subtle rail balancing I did many years back, just received in trade from a Ny pro. Great piece as I remember.
Marin Spivack, veteran restorer of vintage mouthpieces takes an in-depth journey through the different models of vintage Otto Link tenor (because they are a lot less famous for alto) saxophone mouthpieces. We will cover the 1940’s to the 1970’s. Not ALL models and examples will be featured but plenty of detail based on what is available. Be prepared for corny humor and some time wasting, it’s a bit long, but you may learn to identify and understand the differences in the models. There may be mistakes and contradictions, we do our best. This is for the true nerds and enthusiasts.
This is a very nice 1951 Buffet Clarinet received and sold as is. Apparently this serial number falls right in at the vague beginnings of the R13. I do not know if this is one though.
Beautiful old case as well. I don’t see any cracks etc but not being a great clarinet expert, I mainly see lovely old craftsmanship. Buffet mouthpiece included as well! This has been sitting a long time, will likely need some attention, but by the looks of it, also well worth it.
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This came in with a Selmer MK VI tenor from 1964. This Selmer Series 9 Clarinet is in untouched mint condition, ready for a set up or collectors. Wonderful time capsule!
FL USA Otto Link Supertonemaster, stamped 7*, refaced to .107 by Phil Barone. This piece is signed by him as made for the original owner and dated 1987 with an added hand engraved serial number of 0050.
This is one of my custom setups, an extremely nice very vintage large chamber wellspring of color and tone. This is a very big lush sound with crisp shimmer on top, very nice note definition and a very organic voice. This really is better than many of the Slant Links out there, selling on consignment for a friend who likes the small chambers.
Vintage King Super 20 alto, 427xxx original lacquer and pads. It has the silver neck and engraved bell keys, and much sturdier single socket neck. These are some of the best model years for King in terms of reliability power and ergonomics.
This alto has been played, has some normal wear and some blemishes, had some dents smoothed out. It is in very good structural shape and will be an absolute joy of a professional jazz instrument. These have the tone to beat as demonstrated by Cannonball Adderly and Yusef Lateef among others.
This has a mix of pads in it including some real old ones that will need attention. It can be played a bit as you can see in the video, with a wonderful sound!