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I've been regularly playing my Yamaha tenor with a 6 gold/metal Otto w/a Rico H Ligature. The Selmer ligature worked, but I was search for the best seal I could get on the pesky Otto. Anyway, I'm continually troubled by a squeak when going from low register to middle D range, plus a problem with not getting a good seal from the table of my reeds. Yesterday, I decided to leave the metal Otto in my case and go back to my Meyer 7 hard rubber. Problems seem to disappear! I've also considered the possibility I've been bumping one of the LH palm keys when negotiating the octave mechanism, but when control wasn't an issue with the Meyer 7, I'm beginning to think it's just a bummer mouthpiece.

What do you think? Are Ottos inconsistent? I'm inclined just to play the Meyer 7 or find another Otto. I notice you often recommend Otto hard rubbers. I also have a Berg 95 2 M, but low register suffers a bit.

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Hello Regina, Yes, I love Otto Link Hard rubber mouthpieces. They were good enough for Stan Getz. He played a Hard rubber 6*, and what a tone!!!  I currently play on a Hard rubber Link reissue slant signature  number 8. It is unreal! Your Meyer 7 sound like a nice piece. I bet that Metal Link has a flaw. You could get the facing looked at from a qualified mouthpiece refacer or mouthpiece maker. One of the best in the business is a guy named Brain Powell, He was Ralph Morgans apprentice. Please google web site..."Mouthpiece guys".  He will check your mouthpiece on the gauges and find out whats wrong(table not flat, uneven side rails, bad tip rail, or what ever). I really love hard rubber Otto Links,and they are the real deal. I have a Metal Link Super tone master number 7* New York model that the USAF got me years ago and it is a nice player.Also don't forget to check reed to make sure it's perfectly flat. I scrap with reed knife,or straight single edge razor blade. Also take piece of glass, about 12" by 12", and lay on top with piece of high quality printer paper. then take reed a burnish the flat side on the paper. This seals the reed fibers. Burnishing is kind of like burning. When I do this, my reeds are set for life. One time I had 8 reeds in 2 reed guards last over 2 years! About that squeak.... all fingers must move at exactly the same time, some times the octave lever will be slightly delayed, and bumping the left hand palm keys will certainly make a high pitched note,(squeak). The Meyer 7 doesn't do it, so the meyer sounds like a it has a good facing. just my 2 cents.Please take care!
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I'm a Professional Jazz Saxophone soloist recently retired from 23 years with the USAF Band Of Flight, WPAFB, OHIO, experienced in performance, technique and equipment. I'm not a buyer/seller or dealer. I have 40 years Alto, Tenor, Soprano and Bari Saxophone performance experience with additional years on the Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bass Guitar, Piano, Drum-set, Guitar and Voice. I'm a third generation professional military musician, my father, Bill Koeller(1939-1997) was in the USAF 1958-1962, and played Jazz Hammond B-3 organ from 1957-1997, and my fathers Uncle, Alfred Koeller (1912-1993), was a professional Acoustic Bassist in the Army Air Corps in WWII, and also performed on Jazz Guitar, Hammond organ, Piano and tenor saxophone.

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Professional Saxophone Soloist, 23 total years with the USAF Bands, 6 years with the USAF Band of Flight, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, performing on Tenor, Alto, Soprano, Clarinet, and Flute. 4 years in Japan, at Yokota AFB with the USAF Band of the Pacific. An Avid Composer and Arranger for the Night Hawk Protocol Combo. Former Lead Alto Saxophonist with the USAF Night Flight Big Band performing the music of Glenn Miller as well as other hits of the Big Band Era. I collect LP records of Jazz, blue's, classical and rock, and have over 12,000 records.

Organizations
USAF,Phi MU Alpha Sinfonia, Men's National Music Fraternity, Johnny Mack Super Big Band, Tom Daugherty Orchestra, Kim Kelly Orchestra, Dayton Jazz Orchestra, Eddie Love Big Band, Gem City Big Band, Jazz Central Big Band, Shin Sings Orchestra, Kim Kelly Orchestra,USAF Night Flight Jazz Ensemble, Different Hats Big Band, Jimmy Baker Blues Band, This Side Up, Freelance, KING KOELLER Quartet, Jazz Central Big Band, GB Work, Sax On The Web,

Publications
Saxophone On the Web; Anchorage Daily News; All Experts; Augustana College Public Radio, WVIK;

Education/Credentials
North Texas State University School of Music, Jazz Studies 1982-1986 Lead Alto, Lab bands 1982-83 and small group leader 1983-1984, Jazz Radio Host WVIK 90.1 FM NPR affiliate Rock Island, IL United States Collegiate Wind Band European tour 1980 Augustana College, Rock Island IL, Liberal Arts Music Mentors/Teachers:My father Bill Koeller, a Jazz Hammond B-3 Organist (1939-1997) Great Uncle Alfred Koeller, Acoustic Bass 1912-1993

Awards and Honors
Paul Shartle Musician of the Quarter Spring 2008; Glenn Miller Festival, Clarinda, Iowa featured soloist; McDonald's All-American Band and Jazz Ensemble 1979; US Collegiate Wind Bands,Paul Lavalle Conductor, tour of Europe,1980; John Phillip Sousa Award, 1980 Dimond HS Anchorage, Alaska; USAF National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star; USAF Achievement Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters; USAF Good Conduct Medal with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters

Past/Present Clients
Performed with, Bob Hope, The Platters, Four Tops, Jimmy Dorsey, Crystal Gail, Helen Ready, James Williams, Dallas Jazz Orchestra, Jack Jones, The Mills Brothers, the G-Clef's, Lionel Hampton at Carnegie Hall, Performed for the King Of Thailand 2005, Tom "Bone's" Malone, Roy Hargrove, Tommy Turrentine, Performed for President Gerald Ford, President George W. Bush, The Maguire Sisters, The USO Girls-Andrew Sisters Tribute, The Four Lads, Lincoln Berry, The Dayton Jazz Orchestra, Louis Bellson, Buddy DeFranco, Walter Bishop Jr, Sadao Watanabe, Bobby Shew, Pete Jolly, Quad City Jazz Ensemble, Augustana College Symphonic Band, Jack Scott, Catfish Jazz Society, Intrigue-Boston Wedding Band, The Mark Herbert Little Big Band, The Pacesetters Big Band, The Ambassadors Jazz Ensemble, Pacific Showcase Big Band, Jimmy Dorsey Big Band under the direction of Lee Castle, Ronny Scott Orchestra, Big Al's Hot Dance Orchestra, The Dayton Sidewinders, Tom Daugherty Orchestra, Johnny Mack Super Big Band, Ken Peplowski, Eddie Daniels, Buddy Guy, Roy Hargrove, Warren Parrish, John OMeara Jr., Dave Holcomb, Albia Silva,Vinnie Demartino, Clon VonFitz, The G Clef's

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