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Otto Link & Meyer Saxophone Mouthpieces History

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Pictured are members of the founding family of JJ Babbitt in front of the original manufacturing site for Otto Link, Meyer and other mouthpieces in the early 1940s.

From left to right: Bud Reglein, Bill Boyer, Joe Whitcomb, Chopper (the dog), Rollie Babbitt and Jess Babbitt.

Otto Link and Meyer saxophone mouthpieces have a tradition rooted in history that goes back some 85 years - the company (JJ Babbitt) was founded by Mr Jessie James Babbitt and his family in 1919 and is still family owned and operated.

Mouthpieces such as Otto Link, designed by Jessie Babbitt in the 1920s and 30s, were such masterpieces they are still in production and are built on the same machines he also designed. Each Otto Link & Meyer mouthpiece is crafted by hand - one at a time - just as they were in the 1940s.

Otto Link & Meyer Saxophone Mouthpieces More History

Otto Link 24k gold plated metal mouthpieces combine gleaming good looks with the rich sound quality of a large bore rubber mouthpiece for exceptional style and sound.

A wide selection of facings offer superior tone direction and projection with compete control, making Otto Link a top choice for professionals. The different facings (eg. 4, 4* etc.) affect tone control, responsiveness and ease of play. The smaller the number, the smaller the tip-opening (see table). Generally, smaller facings suit less experienced players, as they provide easy control and good response throughout the range. More experienced players tend to prefer a wider tip-opening as these can produce greater volume, stronger tone and a richer tone variety.

The early Tone Edge Rubber Otto Link mouthpieces had a large tip opening and inner shank diameter and great projection. Recent models (from 1980 onwards) have less "floor" material than the older models, and have a darker sound. The alto Tone Edge Rubber mouthpieces still have a lot of material in the baffle and so give very good projection.

Call us on 023 9235 2227 for more information on tip openings or email sales@woodwindandbrass.co.uk us if you would like to order.

Otto Link & Meyer Saxophone Mouthpieces Tip Openings

Otto Link Metal Super Tone Master Mouthpiece Tip Openings
Soprano Saxophone Alto Saxophone Tenor Saxophone Baritone Saxophone
Facing Tip Opening Facing Tip Opening Facing Tip Opening Facing Tip Opening
5* 0.054 4* 0.060 4* 0.075 4* 0.085
6* 0.057 5 0.065 5 0.080 5 0.090
7* 0.059 5* 0.070 5* 0.085 5* 0.095
8* 0.061 6 0.075 6 0.090 6 0.100
- - 6* 0.080 6* 0.095 6* 0.105
- - 7 0.085 7 0.100 7 0.110
- - 7* 0.090 7* 0.105 7* 0.115
- - 8 0.095 8 0.110 8 0.120
- - 8* 0.100 8* 0.115 8* 0.125
- - 9 0.105 9 0.120 9 0.130
- - 9* 0.110 9* 0.125 9* 0.135
- - 10 0.115 10 0.130 10 0.140
- - 10* 0.120 10* 0.135 10* 0.145


Otto Link Tone Edge Saxophone Mouthpiece Tip Openings
Soprano Saxophone Alto Saxophone Tenor Saxophone Baritone Saxophone
Facing Tip Opening Facing Tip Opening Facing Tip Opening Facing Tip Opening
4* 0.045 4* 0.060 4* 0.075 4* 0.085
5 0.050 5 0.065 5 0.080 5 0.090
5* 0.055 5* 0.070 5* 0.085 5* 0.095
6 0.060 6 0.075 6 0.090 6 0.100
6* 0.063 6* 0.080 6* 0.095 6* 0.105
7 0.065 7 0.085 7 0.100 7 0.110
7* 0.068 7* 0.090 7* 0.105 7* 0.115
8 0.70 8 0.095 8 0.110 8 0.120
8* 0.073 8* 0.100 8* 0.115 8* 0.125

Meyer Rubber Mouthpieces

Meyer Rubber Mouthpieces

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Meyer Hard Rubber Saxophone Mouthpieces are incredibly easy to blow and one of the finest lines of hard rubber saxophone mouthpieces available.

Their versatility means they can be used by students and professionals.

We stock the most popular sizes for alto saxophone but can acquire the higher tip openings for interested parties. Call us on 023 9235 2227 for more information or email sales@woodwindandbrass.co.uk us if you would like to order.

Jesse James Babbitt

Jesse James Babbitt


Meyer Hard Rubber Saxophone Mouthpiece Facings Table

Meyer Rubber Mouthpiece Tip Openings For Alto Saxophone
Facing Tip Opening
4M 0.066
5M 0.071
6M 0.076
7M 0.081
8M 0.086
9M 0.092
10M 0.098

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