Here we have a very pretty old early NY Otto Link Tonemaster, original facing 4. This still has some good gold plating on it, and also some wear. it has been played, has a few nicks and dings etc but has survived pretty well. The tip size measures for me close to the .070 one would expect. Such nicely crafted old pieces. Interestingly this one has some very significant rollover baffle for an early Tonemaster.
Here we have a beautiful original example of a rather rare custom facing original Otto Link Tonemaster, Joe Allard facing with cap and lig. This facing is very clean, and undamaged nor altered. Much gold plating is left, but as we can see this has been played in the past, just well taken care of. Shows some normal cosmetic wear.
Tip measures at around 0.070 on my tools with a relatively thick tip if someone were to want to increase the size. As it is with the suitable reed it plays and sounds truly beautifully. I would say it has an excellent combination of fat, complex and detailed bright.
This is the later version or what some call “improved” Tonemaster, with I think I slightly smaller chamber and higher floor, they tend to be a bit more powerful and centered than the early models. This is exactly the ‘Bluetrane’ model that we see on the album cover.
Fully restored and optimized player. This early FL Link is open to .108 with a rather large shelf baffle, nicely contoured rails and a very generous rich tone. It plays with a high degree of clarity and ease. This has a very traditional Early Link sound, not overly bright, and a really booming deep response. Originally stamped 6* the original tip size was already around .102, it was just big!
Beautiful fresh restoration on an old Tonemaster Link. Originally 4*, seen some miles on it so time for a spa treatment for this one. Now open to .100 with a nice smooth baffle and larger chamber. Beautifully balanced rich player, lovely hand contoured rails in original style.
Here is an otto Link Florida (no USA) Serial numbered early tenor saxophone mouthpiece that is just very unique and hard to find. This particular piece came from the collection of an old pro player who did a bit of hack job on his pieces. This one was not in playing condition when I received it and required a complete rebuild, including just everything possible.
This has the slightly odd serial number of (small font) A, 23. Although this small font “A” is definitely unusual, this is an original stamp. The 10 facing would still likely have been a special order or special item at this time period. This very early model of Florida originally had a really brazenly large baffle, for a Link, they tend to play very well. I have rebuilt this to a final tip size of .117 and used a facing taken off a friend’s Link of a similar period that was .117 and played like a 6*.
In this case because of the similarity I believe I have very near produced a perfect clone. This piece plays so unbelievably easy and effortless for the size. It is also very bright for a Link and just a very satisfying vibe. It plays at one very full and big but also compact and controlled, which is just highly unusual and difficult to find in really any Link, but moreso this size.
Although it is hard to understand from this writing, most of my customers understand that what I write is quite accurate. This piece really IS this unique and special; a highly unusual fully custom apex playing early FL Link 10, “marinated” it is appropriately signed, “Masterpiece Restoration”. $1800
Here is a wonderful Otto Link ‘double ring’ FL tenor piece at the facing size of 10 which was a special order from all indicators. This piece came from the collection of a retired working pro from times past. It has lived quite a bit and showed some legitimate wear to the facing, some dings and cosmetic blemishes, and the outer surface appeared to have been polished or buffed to some degree such that there was no plating left. It required a complete rebuild.
It has been resurfaced, refaced, balanced and trued with a re-contoured tip rail and all the other good stuff. The result is excellent at a .112 tip size on my tools. Normally FL double rings at larger tip markings are not as large as later models, so an original 9* can be just a .105. So a FL 10 at .112 is a very respectable finish.
Marked 10 on one side and serial #Y100 on the other, the markings are slightly faded but all original. This FL DR model can vary in baffle architecture but this one has a pretty generous one. I’ve put a facing on it that I stole off of a friends wonderful FL 10 Link that played very easy. The response is quite big, husky even, with quite a volume. I am not usually comfortable on pieces this big so I was out of my element, but there is a lot of depth, yet with clarity and ease given the size. It feels like it has a lot of dark resonance but when I listened back it sounded edgy. Overall this is a big piece with the right qualities.
These sizes in double ring are near impossible to find so I thought it waas definitely worth saving. Video coming soon.
This is a super rare vintage find, Meyer Bros. New York Large chamber tenor piece. This was all original with a very thick tip and smaller size. I wanted to see how it would play at a more modern preferred tip size of .105. It still has the original Meyer “cloudy table”. It’s got a nice little roll over baffle now. The sound, to me, is thick slightly pressured, very colorful and slightly buzzy. It still has a distinct Meyer feeling but definitely more open and full than the small and medium chamber models