Otto Link FL Slant Sig. 7 no USA Original near mint

Amazingly well preserved original near mint Otto Link ‘slant signature’ mid-period Florida (no USA) 7 tenor piece.  This is really exceptionally difficult to find, now.  The original table milling marks are fully present, as well as the original facing and tip finish, nothing has been done to this piece.  It appears to have been played just very little and shows no significant wear, some normal scuff or scratches but that’s it.  I measured this piece at exactly .100″ which again is also rare.

It has the typical idiosyncratic facing curve that Ben Harrod was applying to these links at that time, slightly short on the front end of the facing, which produces a characteristic brightness with a bit of resistance and a fast response.  While the underlying tone is darker and very colorful and complex, the response actually comes out very edgy and cutting due to that facing and the moderate baffle they crafted.  This piece, however is very flexible if one learns how to manipulate it.  it can easily go from the Stan Getz classic slant sig vibe to a Sonny Rollins or more aggressive very easily.  It is a phenomenal playing early example of really the best design of the slant sig FL.

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Meyer Bros NY Original MINT condition 5M Medium with color variance

Here we have a very rare nearly new Meyer Bros. New York alto 5M Medium Chamber.  This piece shows very little wear, a few minor scuffs.  The table and facing finish are 100% original showing the original ‘cloudy’ milling pattern and very fine tip rail.  All surfaces are sharp and original stock Meyer finishing.  You will notice the old hard rubber has some color variance likely due to light exposure.

I have played this piece and some of the world’s most celebrated saxophone artists have also tried it and felt it was exceptionally great.  It is generally felt that this particular piece plays with the depth complexity and color one would desire in the best of these vintage Meyers without succumbing to the overly bright or shrill tendencies of many refaced examples, as this baffle has been untouched.

Simply this is one of the absolute best and balanced examples of this rare model. Due to the rarity, condition and playability of course it is not cheap.  There are very few like this available.

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Otto Link Early FL Slant Sig .097 Optimized Tenor

I am selling this one for a friend; an excellent playing Early Florida slant signature Otto Link.  Originally a 4* size, I opened it and carefully optimized it to .097 tip with a moderate baffle and finish in the original style of these pieces. This is a very big, complex player with a lot of color and a nimbleness as well.

It is not a mind museum piece, it has discoloration, some surface wear and scratching etc, but the functional surfaces are in excellent working order and it’s generally in very good condition. Video is accurate I think.

 

 

 

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Otto Link Tonemaster Original 5*

This piece is an original earlier model Tonemaster.  It currently shows a lot of (what I think is) nickel plating, most of the original gold plating is gone.  Some corrosion is present on the table area, not very significant.  It has lived a bit, probably could be optimized but generally in very good condition.  The tip still has a good amount of metal on it should someone want to open it up, but what is really remarkable is the very significant original baffle, which these usually do not have.

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Otto Link FL no USA 9 Serialed Early model Marinated .110

Here we have a very early Florida Super ToneMaster.  Displaying a serial number, this was produced directly after the ‘Double Ring” series, and from my perspective it might as well be a double ring because the response is very close.  The only difference I can spot in a consistent general way would be that these play a little less buzzy and a little more substantial core than the double rings usually do but that really varies anyhow.

This piece was stamped 9 originally and needed some cleanup, it was also never a modern 9 tip size. I have restored and optimized this to .110 (Otto Link 8) and it is hard to describe exactly how amazing it is.  I don’t comfortably play this size but I am considering it just because this one is so great.  It has the classic early Link vibe that can only be found with these particular pieces.

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Selmer SBA (Super Action) Tenor Saxophone 41xxx original near new

This is exactly the Coltrane model, Bluetrane, Giant Steps, Soultrane etc. 41xxx and nearly brand new.  It has all original pads and resos, lacquer still on the edges, could use a bit of tweaking but plays awesomely right now. Amazing crisp bright popping sound, saoring highs with the big bottom and compression. Just like the other 45xxx that recently sold here, this is just one of those things as good as it looks and it sure looks.

This level of instrument usually sells quietly without publicly posted sales so the only people who know what they really sell for are the seller and the buyer.  This is one of the nicest examples I’ve ever found and there are very few to be found now, so I will gladly keep it until and unless I am quite compelled to let it go. For those who are expecting a ‘reasonable’ price, best not to bother to ask.  There is nothing reasonable about this horn.

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