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I'm curious (read: bored), Where or what is the origin of the * symbol for tip openings? When and why did it become widely used?
retread said:It was originally a plus sign. But the worker who was responsible for stamping it could never get it lined up straight. To save his job, he convinced the company to make it an asterisk because no one can tell if an asterisk is straight.
Well, it could be true.
Well, gee, I just answered the question you asked.<insert Jack Benny look>tjontheroad said:So there's a footnote on my mp? Is that a subtone? How do I play that?
Really... I meant, why is it a C, C*, D, D*, etc. rather than a "1/2"?
Yeah.. Or it's just because the "+" symbol doesn't show up very good when engraved with a punch. That sounds convincing too, but it's just as much speculation as the alignment theory.tjontheroad said:This is more convincing :twisted:
AdrianMolina said:I could be wrong, but....
Wasn't the 4**** model named such, because, presviously, the Otto Link mpcs were only available in "number" facings like 2,3,4,5, but then Link introduced the "Star" facing nomenclature, to signify a facing which is between a number, ie.., 2, 2* , 3, 3*, 4, 4*, 5, 5*, four NEW "star" sizes, hence the "4****" model.
Look at the old ads.
If it were for named for four sax stars, then it would be probably be called "Four Stars" or "Four Star", with the word STAR write n out, right?, but the named stamped on the mpc is 4****.
Sometimes, if we sit and think too much about something, we can think of all kinds of complicated answers to a question, when the answer is right in front of our nose.
my 2 cents
I figure some mouthpiece maker did just start with sizes A, B, C, D, etc... But then some other mouthpiece maker started making in between sizes for a more "custom sax-playing experiance". Thus the "*" sizes were born.hakukani said:WHy not call a C a C, a C* a D. Why make a 'tweener'.
Yes! Same facing length and a more open tip. The reed lenght doesn't change and this approach is my favourite.rini said:I have an old Link ad somewhere. It says that the star facings had the same facing length as the number indicates but with a more open tip.
So I understand that at that time (60s-70s) the star facings indicated short facings. For Link at least.
Speculation? SPECULATION? I'll have you know I learned this from a guy whose wife was second cousin to someone who once had a beer with someone who knew the name of an actual mouthpiece maker. Speculation, indeed. Humph.Enviroguy said:it's just as much speculation as the alignment theory.