Are you sure your friends piece is not an alto peice? Those had the large chain pattern.A friend is playing my Link Eburnated Bar NY Slant. He recently found another similar mouthpiece in the case of an old tenor sax he bought. While my Slant has more and smaller "chain" elements, his Slant shows larger and fewer elements in the chain. Is there any explanation for this? Thanks.
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The Sax org link includes this:The piece at the bottom of the page is a "New Vintage (Florida) Slant". It does not say "Eburnated Bar", and as far as I know there is no "New Vintage" copy of the Eburnated Bar.
I found this page at Saxophone.org:
Clearly enough, both designs can be found among the alto Eburnated Bar Slants: the larger chain with the "oval elements" or the smaller chain with "circle elements". Quite mysterious. Maybe Theo can help. I will write to him.
I'm not so sure about Tone Edges not being popular at least here in the States. Hard rubber mouthpieces seem to have had a resurgence. I've played a Tone Edge or Soloist most of my life but I do enjoy a great STM.I think Theo made that very helpful chart for STM Links because they are so popular; hard rubber Links are not as popular as STMs. Until now, the mystery hasn't been solved, but I'm waiting for Theo's answer.