Otto Link “Tone Master” NYC Alto Sax Mouthpiece – 1940’s
This is an early, vintage Otto Link “Tone Master” I understand that the later “Super Tone Master” came out in the 1950’s. As a consequence, this mouthpiece was manufactured in the 1940’s. I read that Otto Link moved to 117 West 48 St. in the 1930’s, so this would be after that.
On the back of the shank is “TONE MASTER 9*” That 9* is not the facing, but is a model designator. Not sure what exactly 9* refers to.
The facing is marked as a “4” on the reed table. I measure the tip opening right at 0.067″. This is a larger tip opening than you would expect a “4” to be, but to the best of my ability to determine, it is the original facing with the gold-plating intact. Take a look at the photos and see what you think. I measure the facing length at 19mm. It appears that this is the original facing.
The serial number of S35 is marked on the side. I read about small font and large font, I am thinking this may be large font. This WEBPAGE would appear to date the mouthpiece to 1946-49 and indicate that it is an “Improved” Tone Master.
The mouthpiece is in great condition. Side rails and tip rail have no nicks or scratches. Gold plating is near 100%, though with some wear. The bite plate has almost no toothwear…just random scratches. The mouthpiece has a substantial rollover baffle at the tip and a large chamber as a result of the interior sidewalls of the chamber being scooped out or concave.
I think the ligature is supposed to be stamped on the screw with “Otto Link”, but it is not. So…it may be an old replacement ligature.
And as you see, it comes with the original box. Nice Ephemera, hunh?
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