Old Otto Link mouthpiece
A friend of mine purchased an old beat up 19-teens Buescher horn (neck piece has a huge crack) to decorate his new living room. He actually only noticed it becasue he thought the case looked very cool and when he picked it up there was a sax inside. The stuff inside the case (reed slips with switchboard phone number from pre-WWII on them) and the US NAVAL shipping labels on the case lead us to believe this horn was played by a serviceman in WWII.
This was basically the best thing that could have happened to me because there were three mouthpieces in the case that he just gave me. An excellent contiditon Martin Handcraft, an excellent condition Conn Eagle, and an Otto Link FOUR-Star (complete with ligature). Now, I have seen enough of these on ebay to know that the $120 sax he bought came with possible $1000 in mouth pieces that he just gave to me (yes I told him what he had, he didn't seem to care). I'd like to know if anyone can tell me about the FOUR-Star.
The gold plating is all gone. The mouthpiece itself looks (and smells and tastes) like it is mostly brass. The colors on the mouthpiece look like yellowing brass and silverish. There looks to be a fair amount of oxidation on the table but I can still see the word "FACING" and the 4(star symbol). All of the other expecting marking are there and easy to read. No, it is not a Hawkings Special.
On one side, there is an engraving that says "Series V 21." I would really like to know what that means. Also, I would like to hear from anyone who has been playing on one of these. The ligature won't be here for another week. He forgot to but it in the bag when he packaged up the mouthpieces but I have a current model super tone master sitting around that ligature should fit it.
So, who can tell me about this old relic?