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I've read in a few places that if there is a number "1" inside the chamber mold (under the table) of a Link Tone Edge tenor mpc, it signifies that it is a true 1974-79Early Babbitt Link.

Is this correct?
 

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I just looked at a new TE and it has a "1" in that location. I am guessing this is just misinformation.

But does it have s steep beak drop drop?
 

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But does it have s steep beak drop drop?
The mold number is for the chamber configuration. The only person who I know that has any idea what the numbers mean is Doc Tenney. He commented on this years ago but didn't elaborate for whatever reason. I think he feels it fuels these kinds of debates among collectors. To the best of my knowledge these manufacturers marks (1,2,3, V etc) are from the 80's onward.
 
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Hi all,

This Otto Link Hard Rubber Tone Edge No.6 facing .90 has a number "1" on the inside of the table in the chamber. The beak is a steep drop beak

The Otto link on the left hand side is the steep drop beak as one can see

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Also the shank where the mouthpiece attaches to the goose neck has thinner walls (2.58mm) than the more recently manufactured Tone Edge mouthpieces (3.81mm) .

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Thin shank(2.58mm) on left and more recently manufactured thick shank(3.81mm) on right
 

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Hi all,

This Otto Link Hard Rubber Tone Edge No.6 facing .90 has a number "1" on the inside of the table in the chamber. The beak is a steep drop beak

The Otto link on the left hand side is the steep drop beak as one can see

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No. The step into the beak on the "steep" ones is much steeper than that. And is 1979 "early" now? IMO the only "early" Babbitts that are exceptional were the earliest, with clamshell baffle. It's obvious when you see one what it is. Neither of those pictured is one. That said the ones with numbers in the chamber do seem to be desirable by some.
 

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I agree with mfry, it is much steeper. I posted pics of my Florida in this thread for WarrenScottRobertson as an example of what it looks like.

http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?224516-Otto-link-hard-rubber-shank-thickness


Hi all,

This Otto Link Hard Rubber Tone Edge No.6 facing .90 has a number "1" on the inside of the table in the chamber. The beak is a steep drop beak

The Otto link on the left hand side is the steep drop beak as one can see

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No. The step into the beak on the "steep" ones is much steeper than that. And is 1979 "early" now? IMO the only "early" Babbitts that are exceptional were the earliest, with clamshell baffle. It's obvious when you see one what it is. Neither of those pictured is one. That said the ones with numbers in the chamber do seem to be desirable by some.
 

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The following are two pics of the baffle of my Otto Link No.6. It looks more clam shaped in the flesh but i think these pics sort of show the shape of the baffle

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The following pic is of the more recent 10* Otto Link (with a No.2 in the chamber) having a slightly larger "U.S.A" font than the 6 Otto Link (having a No.1 in the chamber) having a smaller U.S.A font

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And finally the 2 pics of measurements being the distance from the table at the base of the window "U" to the floor inside the mouthpiece. This has been done with the depth probe on a set of calipers.

MOJO says
"If the reading is less than .600", it is a more desirable Link regardless of when it was made. EBs are typically .580-.590. I measured a new vintage recently at .570". It was great after a reface. The regular modern Tone Edge measures .620"-.630" and sounds a bit tubby to many players."

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