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Otto Link Metal Tenor Saxophone MouthpieceThe Otto Link 24k gold plated metal mouthpieces combine gleaming good looks with the rich sound quality of a larger bore rubber mouthpiece. These pieces provide an exceptional sound and style. Includes ligature and cap.In the world of professional mouthpieces for saxophones, Otto Link is among the most respected. These bell metal mouthpieces have been the choice of numerous touring professional saxophonists in every genre of music from pop and rock to jazz, classical and R&B. With their superior tone and wide range of facing sizes available, your sound will ascend to unheard of levels. Find out why these mouthpieces are the choice of many of the world's greatest artists.
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I don't know why, after all these years playing, I never tried a Link.Seems like most of my heroes play on these things...I bought the 7* STM for tenor, and play on a Mauriat RU66, as well as Keilwerth SR90, and a few chinese tenors that play great, as well. This mouthpiece sounds great on all of them, especially in the studio, for recording. It plays very easily, low or high, and into altissimo range. It has a big, versatile sound, nice power without any harshness, and plenty of complexity, with a big core, and nice cry around the edges. I disagree with other reviewers about the included lig. I love it, and don't find it to be cheap at all. It sounds great with the mouthpiece. I think the problem others are having is that the tightening screw sticks out a bit, and causes leveraging when twisting the mouthpiece for tuning, thus tweaking the reed to the side.I use plenty of cork grease, and the mouthpiece sits on the neck so well, that I can be more gentle, and never have the twisting problem. (Also, I twist with my palm and fingers on top of the mouthpiece.) If you really hate the lig, I found that a Rovner EVO lig works very well with this piece, and doesn't have the "sticking to the metal" problem the older Rovner's had. For me, this combination is a little too mellow, though, and the stock lig has a little more edge, which this piece likes to have... This is a wonderful piece for recording, and I would think it could be used on any type of material, especially straight ahead jazz, or pop. In a live rock band setting, it has enough power, but might not have enough edge to fit in to the context of edgy guitars and keys... Also, the 7* was just about what I expected in terms of opening feel,using as a reference Dukoffs, Lakeys, Vandorens, and Rico graftonite pieces,which I have with #7 openings.Some of these pieces sound more in line when played in a loud rock situation, but are not as easy or enjoyable to play, in my opinion. The price tag for this piece makes it a great value, especially when compared to the boutique pieces out there, which don't seem to be any better, (or even as good), as this piece in terms of sound, power, ease of play,versatility, and even looks. Highly recommended!
Easy to play and great sound. Just moving the reed forward or back and changing the hardness slightly can give you tones from the soft-fluffy sounds for ballads to the hard screaming rock all on the same mouthpiece. As others have said, the ligature design sucks, if you need to tune during the gig, better check your reed position again after you do. Even with that slight inconvenience, it's the best mouthpiece for me. (I play an 8 with a Java 2).
I have Vintage, a NY and standard all in 9 facing, these mouthpieces are wonderful. The are very versatile and have a powerful tone to them. I certainly can get close to the sound of Ernie Watts, Dexter Gordon, John Coltrane, basically any legend who used/uses an Otto Link. There are some people who give these mouthpieces a bad rep because they are not Florida Links. All I can say is a Link is a Link, just as a Berg is a Berg and a Meyer is a Meyer. In order to get that sound that the masters had, you have to put in the time of practice and you have to have skill. You can purchase the most perfectly made mouthpiece is the world and you will still have issues. Take the time to get familiar with the mouthpiece, don't asume that because Dexter Gordon and John Coltrane sounded awesome on a Link you will sound the same way. The main issue we have with saxophone playing for the most part is ourselves, not the equipment. These mouthpieces are wonderful for Jazz, Rock, Country, Gospel, basically any situation you may find yourself in. Give them a try, and become truly familiar with the mouthpiece. It takes time and will not happen over night.
I ordered the Otto Link Super Tone Master gold-plated bell metal saxophone mouthpiece for my 2002 Jupiter Deluxe Tenor Sax in a 7* (0.105") recently.
This is the best mouthpiece I've ever played on this sax since it was new (2002). I like it better than any mpc I've tried, and I've tried practically every rubber type under $100 or so. The Otto's beak is not as fat as some of the rubber ones, It even fits nicely on the crook. I'm using the clumsy Otto Link metal ligature that came with the mouthpiece. It's a little cumbersome to work with, but it does the job, and the mouthpiece sounds great with it. They could have tried to match the color to the mouthpiece though, but no big deal. You can easily scratch the mpc with it, so be careful.
This is my first metal mouthpiece I've ever had the privileged to purchase, and need I say... Its amazing! People have always told me "It's harder to play on a metal mouthpiece.' I personally found that this mouthpiece increased my range. I could go Low Bb - Altissimo A on my Educator, with this I can easily hit Low Bb - Altissimo E. The tone is superior to any other mouthpiece I've ever used, design is beautiful. Although the ligature finish wears away rather fast. The ligature itself is actually a good design, you never really have to take it of except for if you want to polish the mouthpiece. All in all its a great buy.
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