Re: Advice on Otto Link Opening
Either way you go on the opinion scale regarding this touchy topic, you'll get some disputes. However I will give you my two cents worth: When it comes to Otto Links, and their application in Jazz and Blues styles, I feel that going bigger is always better(up to a point). My experience with MODERN Links has shown that they really don't start to open up and project as well until you get to a 7 or larger tip opening. 8 and 8* they really start to shine.
Yes I know I'm going to hear from someone that many giants of the Tenor in the past used smaller tip Links, such as Dexter Gordon, Coleman Hawkins etc.
Good for them. Now for the rest of us, a larger facing is the way to go IMHO, PROVIDED your embouchure is mature enough to handle it comfortably.