Re: Advice on Otto Link Opening
This is a great post. I have been playing on an Otto Lonk 5* with a Lavoz medium hard reed for a number of years. Lets say decades. I have a Hard rubber 5 I often use, but I seem to always fall back onto the 5* metal.
Then recently, I realized Coltrane played on a 6 and Rollins played on a 10.
My sound is sort of a mix of both, but I always try to mix some Coleman Hawkins and Lew Tabackin in there.
I just picked up a real nice Link 9* that has been slightly touched up rails, done by a professional. It seals wonderfully. I was just curious what the monster size would feel like. I used the same med hard reeds I had been using with the 5*.
I assumed I would not be able to play the larger piece. I dont practice hours on end like my idols did. But to my astonishment, I seemed to get the sound I had been looking for. The amount of mouth discomfort/pain was definitely something time and practice will work out. I was just working weak muscles.
Then I switched back to the 5*, and I immediately felt it was holding me back.
I now am just looking forward to getting home and playing .