Here we have an Otto Link 6* no USA all original tenor piece. This is a middle or later design of the no USA period with the slightly longer step baffle instead of the earlier roll-over design. This is the archetypal blue note hard bop tone machine.
This is the rare W.T facing otto Link Super Tone Master, early Florida construction with no USA stamp. These pieces were designed for extra brightness at and without the need for harder reeds. This piece is plenty bright and edgy and very efficient at this size. Very hard to find in original condition.
Here we have an Otto Link early FL original 6 facing, untouched and in amazing condition. This is a wonderful rare and extremely fun and tonally complex piece in a very optimal size for the period these were made in. original examples such as this are so very hard to find now. Original milling on table and tip rails and baffle are just beautiful!
This piece is a work of art. It was originally a 4* facing and I opened it to a 6** facing while retaining the original table and executing what I call a heart transplant, filling in the concave table (so-called French Curve). By doing this I avoided losing any more height on the facing from the table flattening that would have otherwise been required. The mouthpiece has not had the table reduced, nor has it had the tip shortened at all and I reached .097.
I also maintained a very original baffle and tip rail configuration. The piece plays exceptionally concisely with a very popping bebop articulation. The tone is characteristically thick as Slants are yet is also thrillingly compact with plenty of sizzle on top.
This is as rare as it gets, Otto Link Original mint condition 7 untouched facing and table. Good luck finding this type of thing anywhere. Beautiful original tip, baffle and original milling on table. This is very very fun to play and a ridiculous find.
Otto Link Original 4* New York ‘long bite’ tenor piece. This piece is all original, unaltered rare and plays very nicely at this size with some harder reeds. Very hard to find unaltered Dr Links now.
This is a once in a lifetime find, Otto Link Florida W.T. (Wolfe “Tayne” Tanenbaum) facing mint original condition tenor piece with original box. original milling marks visible on table and facing completely original and untouched without damage. There is nothing really needed to say about this piece, everyone knows, the WT facings were designed for extra bright and power at a smaller facing, they are brighter. It’s a super rare facing and a FL like this in mint condition, very few around.
This is a very very special piece, one which I ‘Marinated” and set up to perfection some decades back. I used it as a main piece for gigging and recording on early MK VI and SBA which I was using at the time in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. I hand faced this to .095 to optimize its response and used it exclusively for a number of years. This piece can be heard here, on 64xxx and 62xxx MK VI tenors for all except one or two tracks:
For those who like the larger sizes we have two examples of an earlier FL 9*. The one on the left is an original no USA 9* at .115 tip and the one on the right has been refaced by SK at .117 (on my measurements). Snap them up!
This piece has tip size .078 was professionally refaced and is in beautiful condition. These are rarities these days and their response is worthy of their reputation.