Bruce have you compared this one with similar looking Chinese pieces, e.g. the Huastar and Sharkbite? Although I have to say sadly some of the stuff from there is crap, I really like some Chinese mouthpieces, especially Huastar.These are very "iffy" and come from China. I doubt it will be a keeper. With a reface, possibly OK but the ones I have seen from China are not very good.
But the mpc pictured is nothing like a Link. It's got a very high baffle and probably a smaller chamber (can't tell that for sure), so really no comparison to a Link.the ones I have ordered - which look exactly like that - play better than stock Links and as well as anything else stock I have tried in the last 10 years.
That's right, although the photos make it hard to tell. However i would not buy that mouthpiece expecting it to be anything like a Link.But the mpc pictured is nothing like a Link. It's got a very high baffle and probably a smaller chamber (can't tell that for sure), so really no comparison to a Link.
Really? Do you play them often and have you ever had any worries about Lead content or such? Did you have to do anything to it out of the box? Could you comment on what seller you got it from, what # facing you got and what the tip opening was?the ones I have ordered - which look exactly like that - play better than stock Links and as well as anything else stock I have tried in the last 10 years.
With all due respect Pete, I have to disagree. And Im not a fanatic over germs and these things. Im also not phobic towards China. I believe my concern to be well tempered by logic. Links pose a very small risk.I would be more worried about lead content in vintage Links.
Minimal I would think.Links pose a very small risk.
However one has to wonder whether all the people worried about Chinese mouthpiece poisoning drink apple juice, most of which comes from ... guess where?When rivers literally run with garbage and waste one has to ask.
The Chinese record for safety in most areas leaves some of the most to be desired on the planet.
This kind of illustrates the main problem I have with the stuff. You buy some item and you know 1) what it looks like, and 2) it was made in China, and that's all you can tell us. There might be a name on it, but that's only weakly attached to it - it's probably available under other names, or made by a different factory but with the same name engraved on it. I guess Otto Links are still made in the US, but that's not all - they have a name, that for better or worse is associated with the style and quality of their mouthpieces.the ones I have ordered - which look exactly like that
Big difference. The apple juice is brought in by a domestic company which puts its name on the product, is regulated and has to adhere to strict standards. Also, should there be a problem, they can be held liable. These mouthpieces on the other hand are purchased straight from China with no name brand behind it, shipped without inspection, and should they have plating that will eventually poison you, your heirs will have absolutely no legal recourse. And yes, China does have a recent history of slipshod manufacturing plants poisoning their own factory workers and shipping products into other countries that are indeed deadly. They've only been caught so far when named companies or border inspections uncovered them. But if you want to advise others to take such risks buying direct from China without safe guards and putting these things in your mouth... well, I can't stop you. I can only point out the folly in doing so.However one has to wonder whether all the people worried about Chinese mouthpiece poisoning drink apple juice, most of which comes from ... guess where?