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Years ago. I found the STM to be too icy compared to the HR. I find the metal Links best for tenor and hate them for Alto. I used a FL slant HR for a long time but now use a Selmer Super Session for soprano. So far the Link is still my favorite on tenor.
 

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bruce bailey said:
Years ago. I found the STM to be too icy compared to the HR. I find the metal Links best for tenor and hate them for Alto. I used a FL slant HR for a long time but now use a Selmer Super Session for soprano. So far the Link is still my favorite on tenor.
I concurr. The metal link was too bright for my taste. I have played the HR Link 6* and now play 8* on soprano . Love the metal Link NY on tenor , but NOT on alto.
 

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Metal Link in curved or straight soprano

I suppose that the darker sound of a curved soprano in comparison to a straight soprano would compensate the "brightness" of the link metal MPC.
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a curved vintage Soprano and a Link metal could be a good match.

Some members don´t hear differences in the timbre of straight vs Curved, some others hear it so I would expect different meanings about.

I would let make a custom work in the Chamber of a modern STM link sop MPC to do it larger and let make tipps and rails "perfect" in 0,0005 for better playability. Baffle would still original.
 

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I play both and while they each have their merits, I too wonder if they're related. Very different designs, very different characters. And they both work well on vintage stuff.
 

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I've had STM Link soprano pieces in 6*, 7*, and 8* (still have the 7* and 8*). I recently sold a Tone Edge Link soprano in 6* (as I recall). There was a huge difference for me between the STM and the Tone Edge. DAVE
 

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I also "hate" the STM on alto but was pleasantly suprised to discover that is pretty good on soprano. Like Dave D said, they project more than the Tone Edge...think Dave Liebman rather than (ugh) Kenny G. I think the STM is a good mpc for big band or intense jazz combo playing. The new ones I've tried played well out of the box.

CONN-hunter, are you saying you had a modern STM customized, or are just advising it? If so how did it turn out?
 
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