Otto Link Tonemaster 7 1940’s-1950’s Special Order Treasure

Well, again these are the Iconic large chamber classic jazz mouthpieces.  Everyone from Benny Golson, Charlie Rouse, John Coltrane made their signature tones on these.  They cover many album covers from the 1940’s to the 1960’s and beyond with good reason.

This piece is a very very rare original 7 table stamped facing.  A piece like this would only have been a special order from the factory in a size this large.  The facing tip and rails appear to still have a fair amount of plating cover, though there is some plating loss and wear.  The tip measures for me at .110 (shocking I know). In my experience Links of this period are usually below .090 at stock sizes, though generally the measurements were not very consistent, so as unusual as this is, it is also not surprising that it does not correspond to what a 7 would be now, or then.

The biteplate shows some indentation, as evidence that someone loved this piece.  it does play rather loud for me with a hard 2.5 strength reed on it, kind of unexpectedly edgy and aggressive but your response may vary depending on reeds and other factors.  It does not visually appear to have a high baffle, yet the entire ramp and floor has a subtly curving angle which may have something to do with that power.  TO me, for the size as well, it was really not hard to play.  It actually felt pretty easy and I usually play around .098 or so.

Again this is very very rare.  I have had a couple in my life and this table stamped 7 is the real stamp in the original gold plating.  The mouthpiece HAS lived a life so it is not mint but it is very rare.  This also happens to be the later (latest) model of Tonemaster, which we see in the Bluetrane, Soutrane and Giant Steps album covers.  it is a slightly different design from the earlier ones, with inner contours a bit more similar to the early NY Double Ring “super tonemasters”, therefore I feel these are a bit of a transitional model as well.

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Otto Link Tonemaster 5* 1940’s-1950’s legendary Tenor!

Well, these are the Iconic large chamber classic jazz mouthpieces.  Everyone from Benny Golson, Charlie Rouse, John Coltrane made their signature tones on these.  They cover many album covers from the 1940’s to the 1960’s and beyond with good reason.  This one is a 5* and shows plating wear but structurally in great condition with original ligature and somewhat crushed cap.  This has a buzzy woody and big-low-end sound.

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Otto Link Florida ‘no usa’ 6 Tenor, Beautiful Original Condition

This is a very clean original example of an early Florida production Otto Link 6 Tenor piece.  It obviously has a lot of plating, facing never altered, pretty big baffle etc.  This is what the blue-note’rs played on and this is what people still go for for tone.  It has plenty of metal on the tip should anyone want to customize or open it, currently measures at around .092 on my tools.

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Otto Link Double Ring 6* Optimized Smooth Tenor Sound

This is an excellent vintage Otto Link FLorida double ring 6* tenor piece that recently came in on trade. It needed some cleaning up and optimization and it came out beautifully at .096 (on my tools). This piece plays very fat with a rich and complex tone with a very clean and clear feeling to the scale and notes. It has just a bit of brilliant sizzle on top of the tone.

The photos show the detail of finish and it plays kind of how it looks. The video below demonstrates it on a 1960 MK VI tenor. This is 100% vintage jazz tenor vibe.

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Meyer New York Alto Collectors Rarity

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.

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Dukoff/Zimberoff Hollywood round chamber “GEM” 7 Tenor Rarity

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 is actually a Zimberoff/Dukoff Hollywood exactly and having the original facing size of 7 is quite rare.  The photos below show the piece originally as found.  I have just restored this to a beautiful .100 tip with an excellent original style rollover to flat baffle.  This is an absolutely top professional and nuanced playing piece, very hard to find and very complex in color.  This is the exact same model and quality of a slightly larger one I sold to Dave O’Higgins some years back, which can be heard on youtube.  Photos will be updated soon.

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