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.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.