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i was thinking about getting this Otto Link at SamAsh that i saw.
i currently play a Dukoff D6.
can you give me your opinion on th Otto Link?
The tip opening is .110 i believe.
 

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there has been a lot of variation in the links I have played over the last 20 years. I went down to a music store the other day to pick out a link for a student. I played 5 of them. they were all different. 3 were what I considered bad 1 was OK and one was pretty good. I gave that one to my student. You have to play it to make a decision. If you don't know how to tell if it's good see if someone who knows can go with you and help you out. Good Luck. Steve
 

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If you're coming from a Dukoff D6, you might want to go for a slightly smaller Link than an 8 (.110), since Links have a lot more resistance built into the mouthpiece design. I'm not familiar enough with Dukoffs to really tell you what an equivalent Link tip opening might be, but you might want to keep that in mind.
 

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dirty said:
If you're coming from a Dukoff D6, you might want to go for a slightly smaller Link than an 8 (.110), since Links have a lot more resistance built into the mouthpiece design. I'm not familiar enough with Dukoffs to really tell you what an equivalent Link tip opening might be, but you might want to keep that in mind.

Since I have played Links and Dukoffs, I would say that you want about .090 or maybe a little bit less or more depending on the Link.
 

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well, right now, when i play the Dukoff, it feels small in my mouth and i'm used to playing on the tip opening of....
like a regular rubber mouthpiece that would come with a student model, around that size
this Dukoff was my first mouthpiece
when i played a regular rubber mouthpiece, the size was like just right for me
so i don't know
 

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Nefertiti said:
there has been a lot of variation in the links I have played over the last 20 years. I went down to a music store the other day to pick out a link for a student. I played 5 of them. they were all different. 3 were what I considered bad 1 was OK and one was pretty good. I gave that one to my student. You have to play it to make a decision. If you don't know how to tell if it's good see if someone who knows can go with you and help you out. Good Luck. Steve
i really should go with someone to a shop
try that too
 

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danewvibe said:
i'm used to playing on the tip opening of....
like a regular rubber mouthpiece that would come with a student model, around that size
this Dukoff was my first mouthpiece
when i played a regular rubber mouthpiece, the size was like just right for me
so i don't know
Most likely the "regular rubber mouthpiece" you refer to here would have been much smaller than a .110 tip opening. Probably somewhere around .085 or even less.
 

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Don't confuse the size of the tip opening with the physical size of the mouthpiece. Rubber pieces will generally feel bigger in your mouth, but the tip opening is important to how hard it is to play. .110 is way way bigger and requires more control than a student mouthpiece.
 

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If you are playing a Dukoff D6 I would recommend an Otto link in a 6 or 6*. You will get used to the difference in a week. Anything less than a 6* would require a harder reed, which is okay. I have both a 5* and a 7* and both play well with the right reed. Be ready for a difference in tone and projection since they are two different design mouthpieces. It's a good thing to have both styles of mouthpieces-i.e. high(Dukoff) and low(Link) baffles.
 
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