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Otto link tone edge #7 or Meyer 5m?
i want a mouthpiece thats a step up from my stock selmer. Havent upgraded before but i have my sights on these to.. want a sharp sound..versatile..jazz rock whatever.. help?
 

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alto use meyer, tenor use link.
 

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depends

The Meyer 5M is definitely a nice piece on alto, but I'm not sure I'd describe the sound as "sharp." To my ears, it's more "sweet"...like Phil Woods or Johnny Hodges.

I've also played a 5M on tenor, and it's fine for classical, but it doesn't have much zip to it for jazz or rock...you'd probably be better off with the Link in that case.
 

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I've used a HR link 7 on alto for 15 years-it's fine on alto and you can hear it on my youtube stuff below. I've used it for Jazz, lead alto, 20's bands, Salsa, Soul-even some classical work. I know other players who use them too. Funny enough though, I've moved back to the Meyer 5 I used as a young student in the last month or so and I'm really enjoying it.

I find that on a MkVI like mine, the built in resistance of the horn means a smaller mouthpiece helps the note to speak more instantly. There's a feeling of being able to play faster using my Meyer compared to the link. Charles McPherson mentioned that about Selmers in an interview and I think it's true. I also like the way I can relax my throat and project to the back of a hall with the Meyer. If you've been playing less than 3-4 years switching to a Link 7 might mean you get a habit of biting-learning to relax the throat can take longer than that.

That said, there's something very special about my Link and they're more versatile than many people give them credit for.

Jamie
 

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If is is for jazz, I would go for an Otto Link 7 Tone Edge in an alto. Sound is sharp, but if is is for ballad, Meyer maybe the right choice.
 

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NatureColor said:
alto use meyer, tenor use link.
Ditto to this AND the posts that follow! After years of testing, and not a few changes, I stick with the HR LInk for Soprano ( metal is too bright). Metal link on tenor ( HR is too dark) and the 30 year old Meyer 5M for alto. The link on alto was too bright for me, but obviously works well for others. Now that I have the Shadow Alto I will probably do further testing, but I am liking the Meyer; however, I did try a new 5M and the new "G" and did not like them at all.

And before anyone jumps on this I am NOT saying that it is the material that makes the difference. All three pieces are quit different in configuration!
 

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I like Meyers on Alto - I play Tone Edge mouthpieces on both my tenor and soprano. Tried one on Alto and didn't care for the sound or feel. I played a 5M for years - tried a 7M - and then settled for a 6M on alto. But in all honesty, I'm mostly a tenor/soprano player.
 
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