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Here we have two two FL no USA Links, both 8* and they seems to be quite different.
Right one has different shank (shorter), fatter body and wider bite plate. Plays brighter and spread, original, but would probably benefit from facing/table cleanup.
Left plays darker core with some buzz on top and focused, just cleaned by Phil-Tone, still .115 tip.

Which one is older, can anyone help me to place them to more exact period.

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The right one is the oldest of the two. Those short shank no USA models came directly after the first Florida no USA's with serial number. I have one in a 9 tip. Your left one (with the longer shank) is a later no USA, I have a 10* like that (my main mouthpiece). Both are probably 50's pieces, the youngest one maybe early 60's (from before the Florida USA model).

In these pictures from a part of my collection you can see the short shank 9 and 10* next to each other (the 5th and 6th piece from the left):

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I have a 5 like the one on the right. These have the nice baffle and seem heavier than the ones with the longer shank. They fit really tight on the cork which makes me assume they have a smaller chamber.
The short shank No USA and the early Babbitts seem to be the Links that work the best for me.
The business end of a short shank No USA.
 

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Yes, this FL short shank and my EB feel similar in mouth, although EB has more buzz and brightness and wider shank bore.
 

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Yes, this FL short shank and my EB feel similar in mouth, although EB has more buzz and brightness and wider shank bore.
You actually have two types of metal EB's. The first ones from around 1974 (when Babbitt bought Otto Link) where made from the remainder Florida USA blanks. Those also have the small bore diameter. The later EB's (1975-1980, made from new blanks) have a wider bore diameter (like modern STM's). I own five of them (two 1974 models and three later ones).
 

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I have a 5 like the one on the right. These have the nice baffle and seem heavier than the ones with the longer shank. They fit really tight on the cork which makes me assume they have a smaller chamber.
The short shank No USA and the early Babbitts seem to be the Links that work the best for me.
The business end of a short shank No USA.
I have only measured these short shanks in a small tip opening, but the floor is higher than any other Link. So yeah, the chamber is smaller. No surprise these work for you better than the others if the EB does, too -- they're the 2 brightest of the STMs.
 
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