Hard Rubber Otto Link 7* Tenor Mouthpiece

This mouthpiece is the best hard rubber link I’ve ever played.  I won it off Ebay for 200.00 bucks.  That was the opening bid and no one else bid on it.  It’s a little confusing because the seller said it was a John Reilly reface but when I received the piece it had engraving on it that said “BP .107 #105”   I didn’t know what this was.  I received some pieces back from Brian Powell and I noticed that he engraved them just like this which leads me to believe that Brian Powell refaced this.  Maybe John refaced it later but from my experience playing Brian’s work I can’t believe someone would have it refaced again.  I love the piece so much and am so impressed with it that I sent my JVW Early Babbit Link to him to reface.  This piece has the classic link sound but has tons of power when pushed.  You can really wail on this piece and it’s not picky about reeds at all.  Any Java 2 1/2 works great on it. I emailed Brian and he said he did work on the piece and that it was one of those recent Otto Link pieces that is suppose to be a copy of the old ones.  I do know that the slant of the beak is higher than on my Early Babbitt link.  Let me know what you think.
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Steve Neff has been playing and teaching saxophone and jazz improvisation around the New England area for the last 25 years. He is the author of many effective jazz improvisation methods as well as founding the popular jazz video lesson site Neffmusic.com.

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  1. Iain Ferguson says:

    Steve,

    This piece has a huge sound…fat and warm but has that little bit of buzz.
    If it is indeed a ‘New’ Vintage Link, I’m getting one tomorrow (that’s if they send them over to here in the UK)

  2. Hey Steve you ever find out what piece this is?
    BTW, hate to poke but you ever get that Marc Jean lig for alto yet?

  3. I did. I love it. It’s my favorite lig right now. Steve

  4. Hi Steve.
    Do you have o good metal mouthpiece for tenor Sax for sale?
    I am loking for one between $ 250-300 . do you have one? Thanks

  5. Thanks for the official imput!
    Wow so even better than the Optimum? If you don’t mind spending time for a last question, what exactly do you love about it and what makes it superior? I’ve been dying to get the perfect lig. It sounds ridiculous but I’m a gimmicky guy. When I saw the wooden sticks on the Marc Jean lig I had to find out about it. I just need to find a lig that will cool my jazz and classical jets. But I’m sure you sound great with a rubber band!

    Thanks,
    Mike

  6. It just seems like the reed is more alive and vibrant than with the optimum.

  7. Not in that price range. If I get something good I’ll let you know. Steve

  8. Francois says:

    Hi Steve
    Have you ever played a Brilhart tonalin 5* tenor mouthpiece (1946)? Do you have an opinion on it compared to an Otto Link 6* hard rubber maybe? I’ll appreciate your feedback greatly.
    Thanks so much.
    Francois

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