Otto Link “Missing Link” 4-Ring Transitional Rare Mouthpiece (Part 1)


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.

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Otto Link Early Babbitt 7* Tone-Edge Tenor Original

Here we have an Otto Link true ‘Early Babbitt’ Tone Edge.  This is the fat body model with the smaller chamber and clamshell baffle.  This has the original 7* stamp on the side and an untouched facing.  The piece is very loud and projecting with both edge and warmth and a significant power.  Plays very well as is, people often have these set up but this is a blaster already.

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