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Honestly, for myself I have zero interest in whether a mouthpiece is "Vintage expensive" or "brand new" - it all depends on how it plays.

I also very seriously question whether a $1000 super-rare-vintage mouthpiece, made 80 years ago as a mass production piece using (inherently inconsistent) hand work and 1940 quality control methods, is likely to play any better, or even as well, as a $500 brand new boutique piece made with modern day attention to detail and modern methods. That super-rare super-expensive old mouthpiece was probably retailed for the equivalent price of today's fairly nice production pieces - say $150.
 

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Honestly, for myself I have zero interest in whether a mouthpiece is "Vintage expensive" or "brand new" - it all depends on how it plays.

I also very seriously question whether a $1000 super-rare-vintage mouthpiece, made 80 years ago as a mass production piece using (inherently inconsistent) hand work and 1940 quality control methods, is likely to play any better, or even as well, as a $500 brand new boutique piece made with modern day attention to detail and modern methods. That super-rare super-expensive old mouthpiece was probably retailed for the equivalent price of today's fairly nice production pieces - say $150.
If you want to calculate one data point, I bought my Otto Link STM 7* in '73 for $33 at Ponti's.
 

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That looks like about $192 in now money. Brand new Otto Link metals for tenor look to run around $200-300 depending on the model. I think paying $1000 in today's money for something made 80 years ago to about the same standards as something you can buy today for $300 is not a good bet. If I were going to spend $1000 in today's money on a sax mouthpiece I'd buy one of the high end boutique pieces and have a bunch of money left over for reeds and lessons.
 

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Hi thanks for your opinion and your advices guys but I still need to identify it
Someone told me it could Be a Florida straight signature.
Did you look at the links I provided for you?
 

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This mouthpiece is amazing, now I understand why they sell for big bucks.
This mouthpiece has verticals machining Mark but also horizontal denim patterns hard to catch with the camera though.
 

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It's an old Otto Link, with the original machine-cut facing.

If the "otto link" is straight across and not at an angle, then it's not one of the highly sought after "slant sig" Links. I don't know what current collector pricing is on something like this, but I have a #10 that looks real similar and I estimate its value at about $200, so I suspect yours being a more common facing is a bit less. For 50 Euro, and you say it plays great, that's a great deal. I would suggest using it, not trying to flip it for a profit.
 

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Discussion Starter · #32 ·
Thanks for your reply, yes the signature is straight,but because of the steep beak and the machine marks I think it is a blank from the florida era which was finished in the Babbitt factory, so we called this a Florida straight signature, florida blank or at least "true" early Babbitt !
I will soon when the Corona crisis will will be over get the tip opening measure. It is a 7.but feels like an 8.
I really enjoy this piece every day!! 😃
 

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"Play the facing off that thing."
What does that mean?
There's a small dent on the tip but I don't think it affects its playability.
This mouthpiece is a perfect match for my super 20, which is a bright horn (I repadded it with hand made metal resonators).
Sounds really warm and project well if pushed, but the low end isn't so easy, maybe I should try with softer reeds like 3. I usually play vandoren V16 4.
Or check the facing length. Or my technician would drown a bit in the mouthpiece after the U shape.
I don't know what to do yet.
 

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Ok got it I'll just play it as it is, there's enough refaced mouthpiece on the market actually.
I like playing medium hard reeds on tenor because there's this resistance and they product a full warm sound.
You can blow really loud and intonation is kinda locked in.
 

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Discussion Starter · #40 ·
On the first picture the first mouthpiece is a CE wind mold, the second one too but was made for Tenor Madness as a prototype, the last is the Link.
On the third picture from left to right it's the prototype, the link and the CE wind mold.
 

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