Beautiful original Otto Link Double Ring WT (Wolfe Tanenbaum) facing. This piece is significantly bright and edgy with a smaller tip size that plays big- special facing curve. These are very hard to find and are popular for just that reason; they play bright and fast. Someone has applied a somewhat homemade biteplate but it does appear to function well.
Near mint, barely played original 7* FL USA. This is a very nice player with a crisp edge and a huge deep vibe. It is of course very hard to find original untouched FL otto Link in this condition. This has the appropriate longer flat shelf baffle for the projection these mid-late FL’s are known liked for.
Best old hard rubber, these play rather bright and crisp on tenor in medium chamber with a very special complexity and focus. This one is in beautiful original facing and condition.
This is a wonderful player, “Bluetrane” period Otto Link Tonemaster restored to a tip size of .097. I would classify this as a chocolate butter rich complex tone. It has more clarity and projection than an original Tonemaster by a large measure, but is also not a super bright modern vibe at all. It is very much accurate to the aesthetic of the original Tonemasters but extremely clear and brilliant with a true facing making it very reed friendly and not stuffy in any way.
For modern mouthpieces this would be considered dark I guess, but for a vintage Link this is probably in the middle tonally, and for a Tonemaster it might be just a bit bright and shimmery- still not a bright piece. It is very organic and flexible. It’s a joy to play this one, no effort was spared in making it the best it could possibly be without hyping or altering the inherent character.
Obviously not a whole lot of plating left on this one. Biteplate shows some use (because it really was always just an inherently great piece) but the biteplate is functional and I will leave it. Will work fine with or without a patch.
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.
This horn is just a beautiful old treasure. I am not exactly excited to sell this, but someone wanted to see the pics so here it is. It’s wonderful, kind of a later serial for full pearls. The pads and setup are very very old and it does not really play at the moment. The 2 notes I could get out sounded marvelous. There is no question this will be amazing once setup.
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.
This is an exceptionally nice example of the sweet spot MK VI alto, #148xxx. These are the medium bow altos that are preferred by Sanborn and Kenny Garrett among many others, for their superior intonation, powerful volume and thick upper register. The hype is real about these and this one particularly is a complete phenomenon.
The condition of this horn is just museum quality original lacquer. original pads and original setup that has barely been played and feels and looks just brand new. This plays as is on the original pads.
This is an extremely rare find and not an every day horn. It plays every bit as good as it should and even among 140k altos this is probably the best and most balanced sound and feeling out of all I have played.
This is a beautiful vintage Mark VI Alto, 78xxx 1957. The dark lacquer finish is all original with appropriate wear from professional use, although it was well cared for. It is US assembled and engraved. There is one low C key guard foot solder that was not due to damage. The original plastic thumbrest was replaced with a pearl like an SBA, but an original could be reinstalled if desired.
This is a medium bow alto that is highly desire for intonation and response. Original case included in functional condition with a small 1957 woodwind service card with 1957 calendar on the back and the original Selmer registration card.
The pads in this horn, if they can still be called pads, are VERY old and dirty so the horn barely plays at all at the moment and will require a serious cleaning and full overhaul. But it is in excellent physical condition and the few notes I could get out of it revealed a magical tone.
This is an absolutely beautiful nearly brand new alto it seems. It may have a few hair scratches but it really is just almost new condition. It plays excellently with a balanced rich tone and precision that is extremely satisfying. The series 2 altos are very popular, apparently for a good reason.