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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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Having moved from a Meyer G series hard rubber to the Otto Link metal, I found the Link providing greater ease in reaching low octave C, B, and B flat. The tone is a bit raspier and airy but mildly so. Consistent tone in upper registers also a plus. Generally speaking it's a mpc worth the money.
HOWEVER, THE LIGATURE IS A PIECE OF JUNK!! After just 2 hours of playing, the metal plate separated from the screw and is now essentially useless. Since all my other tenor ligatures would not fit the Otto metal, I had to temporarily adapt an alto ligature until I could order a decent replacement.
I had dropped my Otto Link NY model and bent the tip and I thought I'd try a regular Otto Link and I got a 9*. I like it. I'm comfortable with the sound. It seems to say "me" all over it. For me the sound is smooth and mellow. It's got a metalic sound but it's warm.The very reason I started playing tenor in the first place about 22 years ago. The first tenor I heard live sounded like that.
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 have a 7* now for several years. It is not perfect - it gets a bit thinner and "sharper" in the upper registers, it is a princess in terms of picking the right reed - a wrong reed or weared out reed becomes obvious immediately in terms of sound. And yes, the manufacturing quality is quite a bit inferior compared to some other manufacturers. BUT: I have tried many other mouthpieces since, searching the ideal mouthpiece. Nothing came close to the good old Link in terms of flexibility of sound (it can sound very warm, soft and mellow, but also "funky" and loud when pushed), no other piece has this full, rich, "ideal" saxophone sound, no other piece gave me the same easy responding, full, fat sound at the bottom (not even the NY version of this piece). So I will stick with it, probably forever...
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!
The otto link metal is a great proffessional mouthpiece. It looks great and plays great. I accompanied mine with a rovner eddie daniels and I got a great tone. I reccomend not to use the ligature they give you because it doesn't last long and isn't all that great.
I must say the Link took a little while to get used to, but now I wouldn't be without it. I play mostly in church, and I need to be able to play low and soft, as well as loud and high. I easily am able to do both. It mates very well with my VI. I also like the lig, it's easy to work with. Just hold the reed in place with one hand and tighten with the other. I've always done that anyway. One caution. When your reed is done, with this piece it is done. I have been playing with an older reed, and bam, squeak. Get that thing off. No amount of tlc will help. It is unforgiving in this area.
I love how loud and easy this mouthpiece plays. Intonation was a little problem at first but once you warm the metal up and get used the a metal mouthpiece I guarentee you won't switch back.
I have used bergs and other metal pieces and I have two of these links, a NY tenor #8 and a regular style 7*. I find them not so focussed and clear and fast playing as a berg, and not so powerful or edgy. A bit of a wuffy, muffled sound. Sorry. This ain't the Florida style Otto Link of the '60s that masters like Dex played.
When I first got mine(size 7), I didnt know what to expect.After playing on the mouthpiece for 10 minutes, I realized that I found something great. A mouthpiece that has a full,phat tone effortlessly. It's a shame the band director at my high school who will remain anonymous, doesn't allow metal sax mouthpieces.
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