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.
Here we have a wonderful near new 82Z-2 black tenor. This thing plays so clean, precise and reliably, with an effortless response. The air column is slightly wide yet it has power to spare with a defined buzzy edge and a lot of volume. It is not a simple modern sound but a very nicely designed tribute to vintage horns.
This is the second (latest) model with the metal resonators, one piece bell and V1 neck. We also have an excellent C1 solid silver neck included for an extra $375 if desired. That is what I used on it, with a slightly smaller bore it has a bit more focus and power.
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
Super rare and desirable Otto Link Early Florida ‘shorty’ stamped 7 for tenor. The shank on these is shorter than all the other FL models. The baffle is rather huge by FL Link standard. It is nearly brand new in condition, a little depression on the biteplate because this mouthpiece is really so great it was definitely played, but al the gold plate is present, looks excellent.
This piece is really pretty bright for a Link, nimble and speaks very well. What can I say? I enjoyed it very much.
Otto Link Slant Sig later Florida model MINT condition 7! This has the original table milling, original facing and tip, original preferred long and high baffle. Included is the original box, cap and aa specially great original ligature model that works so well on this piece.
This is THE piece right here. The tip measures (for me) at .105 although it is original and stamped 7. I has that particular FL facing curve with a slightly smaller facing and larger tip so it plays very very comfortably and although a 7* in actuality it feels more like a 7 with better venting to me.
This is of course an extremely difficult model, size and condition to find. it is an absolutely exemplary player, just fantastic. It needs no facing or adjustment it just goes like fireworks with an edgy brightness yet colorful and moderate-dark core. Truly wonderful mouthpiece in basically perfect condition.
Here we have an excellent King Super 20, #375xxx in original condition and finish. It has mostly original pads, quite old and will need revision. It currently does play on the original pads but not especially well, however one can hear and feel the beautiful rich tone and the promise of amazing vibes once it is overhauled. I have taken out some tiny dings all over the horn. It is in excellent condition. There is one post foot that appears to be pulling up from the body at the top of the upper stack, a very easy fix during an overhaul. This horn is a treasure of complex tone and response.
This is a King SIlversonic #470xxx Eastlake production. It has original finish and very old pads that will need revision. The body and neck are in excellent physical condition. One guard foot was resoldered by Ernie Sola many years ago but it will be hard to notice or find it, was done so well. The horn at this point has only scratches and is otherwise very very nice. The sterling silver bell has gold wash, the neck is also sterling. I bought this horn many years ago based only on the shockingly great sound it produced. It has been waiting for attention for a long time, please adopt and care for it.
These horns are workhorses, reliable and powerful. This tenor has a very fat commanding sound with a wonderful colorful edgy quality. It plays pretty well but will not some attention. Pads are old and regulation is not up to snuff but the sound is great. Has some normal dents and repairs and prices accordingly.
This is a horn that is waiting for shop attention. It is original, kinda dirty, missing some pads, needing some attention and in very good physical condition. It is a medium bow amazing Semer alto, 80xxx serial! It will be an incredible player.