M/Pieces - Ligs New Otto Link 7 (but is it right?) - Old BR Thread

AlanB

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Hello all,
I am just about to move from Alto to Tenor. I have managed to get my hands on a Yamaha Tenor, which I got at a snip.

The first thing I am doing is throwing away the yamaha mpc that came with it - according to the advice of most people on the web.

In Copenhagen I went into a great music store, the chap recommended a metal Otto Link and produced a number 7. Now on alto I have been playing a Selmer E (with 2.5 vandoren). Is the Tenor OL 7 appropriate for me on the Tenor (say with Vandoren 2.5 tenor reeds).

An tenor Otto Link 7 is 0.1'', according to the site http://www.bobrk.com/saxfaq/2.8.html
that is the equivilent to a tenor Selmer G/H, this seems very wide.

Why not try it, I hear you ask. Well I don't have the sax with me (I am travelling from Laos in Asia), It wouldn't help too much because I have to get used to the tenor anyway, also I have to get this mouthpiece this week in Denmark, because I will have no access to music stores in Laos. And if I get advice to the contrary here, I will have to quickly send it back and ask them to change it before I head back to Laos.

The long and short is - If I have been playing a Selmer E (with 2.5 Vandoren) on Alto, is the Otto Link 7 (with 2.5 Vandoren) a good choice for me.

Any help would be much appreciated guys.

Thanks
Alan
 

half diminished

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It's a tough one if you cannot try before you buy. I had a bit of a 'mare in my search for a mp for tenor - I too moved from alto 4 months ago. I spent most of a day at sax.co.uk and tried maybe 10 or more and even then it took a while after and a home trial before I settled on a Jody Jazz DV NY 7*.

Of course, I also tried a whole bunch of reeds - Hemke, RJS, Java, ZZ, Zonda and finally settled on Marca Jazz 2.5s but quickly moved to 3s.

Some mps with similar opening sizes I found horrible. They all vary in lay, chamber and tip opening. I did try the Link 7 and 7* (I liked the 6 and used it on my alto) but they were a bit flat for me personally.
 

O.C.V.

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Otto Link 7

hi,
I use a metal Otto Link 7 on my Yamaha YTS32. I find it gives me the tone I like with plenty of flexibility through the range. I usually use Rico Royal 2.5 reeds after trying many others. I tried a Link 6 on my alto but soon discarded it. It seems to be a very individual thing. All the advice in the world is no substitute for actually trying things out for yourself.
best wishes.
O.C.V.
 

Chris98

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The first thing I am doing is throwing away the yamaha mpc that came with it - according to the advice of most people on the web.
Hi Alan,

Good to hear you've got yourself a tenor, they are great fun.

I'd not throw the Yamaha mouthpiece away though, they are highly regarded as a good solid performer and may well serve you until you get a feel for the tenor and can decided what sort of tone you are looking for and can choose a mouthpiece accordingly.

All the best,

Chris
 

Moz

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I use an Otto Link Supertonemaster metal mpc with 7 opening on my Yani 901 tenor sax. I use Rico Jazz Select 3S reeds (having dropped back from 3M). I have kept the original Yanagisawa ebonite mouthpiece as it has a classical feel but as it is only a 6 opening it is no good for my band as I have to play loud and the Yani mpc tends to jam shut at the most inopportune moments.

I bought the Otto on a whim on ebay and it has been perfect for me.

Cheers

Moz


Hello all,
I am just about to move from Alto to Tenor. I have managed to get my hands on a Yamaha Tenor, which I got at a snip.

The first thing I am doing is throwing away the yamaha mpc that came with it - according to the advice of most people on the web.

In Copenhagen I went into a great music store, the chap recommended a metal Otto Link and produced a number 7. Now on alto I have been playing a Selmer E (with 2.5 vandoren). Is the Tenor OL 7 appropriate for me on the Tenor (say with Vandoren 2.5 tenor reeds).

An tenor Otto Link 7 is 0.1'', according to the site http://www.bobrk.com/saxfaq/2.8.html
that is the equivilent to a tenor Selmer G/H, this seems very wide.

Why not try it, I hear you ask. Well I don't have the sax with me (I am travelling from Laos in Asia), It wouldn't help too much because I have to get used to the tenor anyway, also I have to get this mouthpiece this week in Denmark, because I will have no access to music stores in Laos. And if I get advice to the contrary here, I will have to quickly send it back and ask them to change it before I head back to Laos.

The long and short is - If I have been playing a Selmer E (with 2.5 Vandoren) on Alto, is the Otto Link 7 (with 2.5 Vandoren) a good choice for me.

Any help would be much appreciated guys.

Thanks
Alan
 

Lupifaro

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Hi, If you are throwing any Yamaha pieces away throw them my way and i will donate a fiver to Petes charity:sax:
Birdman
 
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AlanB

AlanB

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Thanks for you replies folks! It is good to hear others out there who like the OL STM 7. Actually this post is an old one from the previous BR (Pete has asked to copy threads over to the new BR).

So I ended up getting the Otto Link Metal STM 7 and really like it, been playing it nearly a year. Also on the advice of folks on BR i did not throw away the Yamaha. I try it from time to time and the sound is mellow. It is funny though playing a small opening after using a large opening for a while. jams up very easily. It really has a different sound, it is amazing the effect of different mouthpieces. I am interested in an even more raucous sound for those rock situations. Thinking about a Dukhoff Metal! I hear it is a bit of a wild animal and takes some taming!
 
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