Otto Link FL USA 8 near mint original EXC Player

Very clean FL USA Otto Link 8 original facing in very clean condition.  This kit includes original box, lig, and cap.  Normally I play below 7* and 8 would feel a bit more work to play but this one played very easy for me and surprisingly bright as well.  Add the hugeness of an 8 opening and the tone + response is quite compelling.  I tried it on a number of horns and it was friendly to them across the board.  Overall it is surprisingly good for an original of the shelf FL Link with an untouched facing.  I cannot complain and could be happy with this piece as a main blower.

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Yanagisawa S900 Silver Plated original beauty MINT rarity.

The S900 is one of the best soprano saxophones ever made, and in my opinion Yani pioneered the apex of soprano design. It is a one piece design, silver plate finish which is near impossible to find. It is beautiful, mint condition, good recent pad job, needs nothing, and plays exceptionally well with a wonderful complex sound. Mint condition, killer sound, unfindable!

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Selmer Super (Balanced) Action 49xxx relac Specialty complex player

49k SBA is the end and height of what I would call the 3rd model type of SBA; the second to last model of which the last are basically 50k-54k approximately.  The 3rd type (this one) trends towards the most power, projection and brightness before the 50ks that trend mellower and wider.  These are often phenomenal players, surprising even.

This one has been relacquered a long time ago with what is now a rather dark finish that is slowly wearing.  US engraving is fully visible and nice.  Most (maybe all) the original metal ToneX resos are present, pads are old and expired.  Pearls have some wear because this horn definitely enticed players, but they are fine just the way they are.

The neck, oddly is an earlier model from likely some version of Balanced Action.  Originally when I got this I thought “oh no” (no original neck) but after doing some pad regulation and playing this it is SHOCKINGLY good.  Among the best of any SBA/BA I have ever played and among the best sounds and feel of any horn ever, just exceptional horn.  This has the speed, even-ness, precision of the SBA with a lyrical and colorful complexity that is deeper and more nuanced than any I have ever played.  That is saying a lot.

This horn will need an overhaul, but its amazing on the world’s worst pads.  It will definitely go to a serious player and will not be undersold due to the neck as this is a bonus.  Anyone who plays it will know immediately.

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Otto Link Early Babbitt 6* original Tenor Mouthpiece

This original 6* Early Babbitt is in excellent condition.  The facing is very clean, just some staining of the gold plate that is almost all present.  Original ligature is included.  These are some of the best Links ever made with a slightly smaller chamber for optimal projection and focus.  This measures exactly .095.  original denim table milling clearly present.

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Francois Louis Tenor Pieces

We have a metal and a wood piece.  Both appear to be completely original.  The wood piece measures at about .103 while the metal comes in at around .107 (pending).  I am using a Babbitt tip wand so it is possible that these measure a bit bigger using a different method.
Both facings and tips are in very good condition, wood piece had a tooth gouge in the bite that I filled flush and then applied a patch over.  Both are rare pieces.  These are from an old estate and very likely they came from the 1980’s-1990’s.  The wood model was popularized by Joe Lovano I think, and the metal, Bob Berg.  This appears to be the much sought after solid silver handmade model.

Both of these pieces play excellently with power, depth, complexity and edge.

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Dukoff Hollywood “CV Special” Serial V122 large chamber

Dukoff Hollywood later model (two piece construction) serial V122.  This piece is rather close to original.  Someone has done some minor cleanup of some kind but there is still significant gold plating on the rails so they cannot have done too much.  It looks like someone mainly smoothed the ramp/baffle area.  These pieces CAN have some solder clumps at the seams so maybe they cleaned that up?

Anyhow, this is a ‘CV special’ (Charlie Ventura) facing and it measures quite accurately, with a tip size at just about .102 on my tools. It does not have a pronounced baffle and even so it has an edge to the sound (with my reed).  It plays really quite large and colorfully, with a beautiful fatness and dark fundamental defined by edge.  It has a little air on top of the sound (which gives it part of a smokey coloration) and that is likely due to the larger size.  These (CV) can vary anywhere from .093-.102 and the response will vary accordingly.

Obviously the biteplate has ben updated, and there is a patch over the replacement to protect it.  Much of the original exterior plating remains- silver under a small amount of gold. I have done nothing to this except give it a pass on the finest grit to clean the dirt and corrosion off the table which immediately resulted in a facing break of exactly 50 which is correct for this.  So, looking for a slightly big late model Hollywood?  This is it.

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Otto Link FL no USA Original W.T. Rarity

Wonderful rare WT facing and finish, no USA Florida Link.  These run at at .085-.087 and have a custom short facing curve with a pronounced short and high baffle.  They are setup such that although small, they have a resistance to handle softer reeds and make them feel strong while also offering a cutting edgy brightness.  I believe these were popular with studio players among others.  It is very satisfying to play and really does not feel like a 5* size with the right reed.  This is the best of all the WT pieces that I’ve owned and I saved this one for last.  The condition is about as mint as they come, perfect untouched facing and tip and plays phenomenally.

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Selmer MK VI 236xxx Original Player

Just in, Selmer MK VI M236xxx late model in original lacquer and US engraving.  The pads are in good condition and currently playing well.  It’s been tuned up.  It is generally very shiny and in nice condition yet also has lived a bit with normal dings that have been addressed.  The neck is original with some flex in years past, the angle is correct.

I’ve played it and it has a wonderful vibe, somewhat on the focused side for range of the MK VI but probably standard for this serial range.  The sound is expectedly a bit more modern than earlier ones.  Although this horn is very present and live it is not exceptionally bright.  It is still very colorful and balanced and I dare say a bit more user friendly than some earlier models.

This is a very good option for someone looking to get in on the vintage MK VI vibe at a more affordable price.  Vintage Ray Hyman “Sax-Pak” case included.

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Otto Link ‘Improved’ Tonemaster Marinated .100

Vintage otto Link Tonemaster, “improved” model (late) same as seen on the cover of Bluetrane LP.  This piece was originally a 5* facing and I’ve carefully and specially opened it to .100 (current Otto Link 7) with a significant yet not overbearing baffle and contoured rails.  It plays obviously bigger, and with quite a bit more clarity and detail than these would originally yet retains the original character.  It is the case of more and better, rather than altered or modernized.  It is finished in the traditional style these were made with.

It plays with plenty of volume, more body than a Florida Link, more edge and brilliance than an original.  A spread response with a tone slightly to the dark side of the spectrum and plenty of warmth.  Definitely among the best playing Tonemasters to be found.

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