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I played on tenor all the Link models from 4**** to - early babbitt

are the alto Links the same ?

So the brightest Link alto is the early babbitt?
 

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I have played and own all metal models for Tenor, but only played a modern STM on alto.

But I think the generic characteristics per tenor model also apply to alto.

That will make the Florida's and EB's the more bright sounding models.

Look at the baffle, each mouthpiece can be a bit different (even between the makes of the same model).
 

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I've played everything from Resochamber up on tenor, and Double Ring/Slant up for alto. I find the Florida STMs for alto (esp no USA) to be really bright and compact, much moreso than EB. So I don't think similar trends apply from tenor to alto.
 

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I've played everything from Resochamber up on tenor, and Double Ring/Slant up for alto. I find the Florida STMs for alto (esp no USA) to be really bright and compact, much moreso than EB. So I don't think similar trends apply from tenor to alto.
Sugaki, in my experience with tenor pieces I also find some Florida no USA's brighter than EB's, that's why I also mentioned them in my first reply. But, as mentioned, it also depends strongly on the individual mouthpiece/baffle shape.
 

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Sugaki, in my experience with tenor pieces I also find some Florida no USA's brighter than EB's, that's why I also mentioned them in my first reply. But, as mentioned, it also depends strongly on the individual mouthpiece/baffle shape.
What I meant to say was that I find the Florida STMs considerably brighter and compact than the EBs on alto as a general rule, whereas with No USA tenors it depends on the baffle shape and vintage (latter No USAs seem to have more of a shelf than rollover and I find them to be milder). Even then I still find my EB Link to be brighter than the No USAs I've tried. My main on tenor is a serial-numbered No USA.

Modern alto Tone Edges still have that annoying sinkhole in the baffle, but I like how the modern regular STMs sound, moreso than vintage Floridas because I find them a bit too bright. Vintage slants do sound nice, and aren't as bright as EB Tone Edges.
 

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I found a STM 6* with serialnumber early Florida , great player , and not dark or mellow .
 

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I have played and own all metal models for Tenor, but only played a modern STM on alto.

But I think the generic characteristics per tenor model also apply to alto.

That will make the Florida's and EB's the more bright sounding models.

Look at the baffle, each mouthpiece can be a bit different (even between the makes of the same model).
I've been playing an Otto Link Florida USA on my Tenor since I first purchased it brand new in 1972, nearly 50 years. I've always loved the rich warm round sound that I can get with it. For me, it's all about the sound. On my Alto I had been playing a Meyer because I felt my Link Florida No USA was not bright enough. However, I just had a complete overhaul performed on my Alto and had the 'Tenor Madness' solid brass resonators added top to bottom. That change significantly brightened up the horn, and all of a sudden the Meyer became shrill, so I've put the Otto Link No USA back on the horn and now it's absolutely perfect. I'm in love again, truly. This Alto Link was lovingly refaced for me by the world famous Bob Carpenter (photo below). Both of my saxes are Yamaha 62 mark ii vintage, both running Otto Link Floridas.
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Thanks for those details @Yama62Guy.

That proofs (again) that the combination of horn, setup and mouthpiece is important and that changing one detail can have an impact on which combination performs the best for what you expect from it! :)
 
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