Back in January I bought a pre-1998 modern Link STM tenor piece locally. The tip size (8*) is stamped on the shank and the word "Super" is in inverted commas. The three photos above show it in the condition I received it in, before I polished it up.
Two things about it puzzle me:
1. It is rhodium (or silver) plated with no sign of ever having received a top coat of gold. There is nothing to indicate that it was a reject — a "second". Did Link ever issue these as an alternative to gold ?
2. It has a code stamped on the side: S202 (see Picture 1, above). What can this mean ?