Yeah - I think you're very safe with it for that purpose. Some guys could play this piece on rock and R&B gigs, especially if they were miked, but it would be too much work for me. The real advantage is that you get a nice playing hard rubber piece that's pretty versatile without having to go through a whole pile of Links until you find one that plays well. Occasionally Tim has some Links at Sax Alley refaced by Phil Engleman or Bob Carpenter for just a bit more that would also be very good value in terms of the new piece with a light custom reface job. Otherwise it isn't easy to find a new piece that's been touched-up with a flat table and balanced rails for under $200.KeithL thanks for your feedback. I was thinking this might be a good piece for low volume quieter type gigs with a Link type sound and approach, didn't know if it would do as well in a loud blues band type context .