Wow, what a great information, thanks a lot. I was in doubt because the mouthpiece looks like it was made only a couple of years ago. Therefore I wondered if it could be a new made one after an old model??? But I can't find any information about that for alto models. Hopefully it's a real old one in very good condition.Hey ... It's definitely NOT an Early Babbitt. It's a Florida Straight Signature Tone Edge.
Early Babbitt means it was finished in Elkhart after they purchased Otto Link. This piece was most Certainly finished in Florida and not Indiana. The Elkhart, IN machines produce vertical denim marks not horizontal marks. These marks on the table are from Florida and are identical to the Slants produced there.
The Signature was straightened on the Otto Link pieces a good while before they moved to Indiana, hence Florida straight signature. It is the SAME exact blank as the last made Slant Signatures just with a redesigned signature.
I've been playing and collecting Links for a long time and this piece is definitely a Florida and NOT an EB.
I do agree that the value on it is $300 - $400. Especially because it's a 7 and has a nice baffle.
I repeat NOT an Early Babbitt at all. This piece was made before Babbitt owned Otto Link and would be under Ben Harrod's ownership in Florida.
Can't be an EB when Babbitt didn't own Otto Link.
Also, the finishing processes being different on the baffles in Elkhart made a piece that played much differently than these late Florida's.
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