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jj Babbitt Company Recaptures the Past with the
Introduction of the New Otto Link Vintage Mouthpiece

ELKHART, INDIANA– jj Babbitt Company, Inc. has introduced the all-new Otto Link Vintage mouthpiece for tenor sax to commemorate and celebrate its 90th anniversary. The new model recaptures the retro sound of the company's old Otto Link mouthpieces. "Many professional musicians asked for a mouthpiece that sounded and played like the old Otto Link," said Rocco (Rocky) Giglio, jj Babbitt's president and chief operating officer. "Thorough cross comparisons of older and newer Otto Link models, we found that decades of tooling replacements and natural attrition had changed the mouthpieces." After three years of extensive development, testing and evaluations by professional musicians across the country, 'the sound' of the old Otto Link has been recaptured through a combination of minor adjustments to the mouthpiece. The body shape, bore, chamber, baffle, side rails and tuning are all different from current Otto Link models.

Otto Link Vintage is available with the same standard tip openings as current Otto Link models and comes in a choice of metal with 24-karat gold plating or hard rubber. Each mouthpiece is individually serial numbered and comes with a ligature and cap. The metal Otto Link Vintage is specially wrapped in a black & gold box and has a suggested retail price of $389. Hard rubber models, packaged in a red and white box, retail for $209.

The jj Babbitt Company posted a banner year in 2008, surpassing even 2006, the best year in its history. Giglio attributes this success to the company's focus on the expansion of its national and world wide distributor base; ongoing relationships with professional musicians who provide valuable product feedback, and on dependable, superior quality products.

An acclaimed mouthpiece manufacturer, jj Babbitt is known throughout the world for outstanding variety, quality, innovation and craftsmanship. Annually, the company produces more than 300,000 mouthpieces for saxophones and clarinets in over 2,000 different variations under the brand names Otto Link, Meyer, jj Babbitt, Wolfe Tayne, Guy Hawkins and Hite. The firm also offers custom mouthpieces with private labeling. jj Babbitt is the only manufacturer that molds its hard rubber mouthpieces in-house, which allows complete control over the quality of the company's finished products.

jj Babbitt is an OEM supplier to the world's largest instrument manufacturers and also supplies mouthpieces internationally to professionals, distributors, and dealers. Mouthpieces produced by the company are played by musicians ranging in skill from school children to top professionals.




  jj Babbitt's Reglein Announces Management Changes
December 11, 2007

ELKHART, INDIANA--After 40 years in his family's business, William (Bill) Reglein is turning the day to day operation of jj Babbitt over to his staff. "I'll still be involved on a regular basis," he noted, "but I want to spend more time with my family and doing activities I have not had the time to do." Reglein's new title is owner/chairman. He was formerly president of jj Babbitt and was the family's third generation to manage the company that was founded by his uncle Jesse J. Babbitt in 1919. He joined the firm while in high school in 1967. During his 40 years of service, Reglein worked in every manufacturing station in the company, including lathe, buffing, and inspecting. He also worked in shipping, sales, and design before moving into Babbitt's management ranks, taking over for his father Eugene (Bud) Reglein as president in 1999.

Rocco (Rocky) Giglio has been named Babbitt's president/chief operating officer. A 47-year veteran of the music industry, Giglio had been vice president of operations for the company since 1999. Prior to joining jj Babbitt, he served in various management capacities with WoodWind & BrassWind, Selmer Company's Bach plant and with UMI (formerly W.T. Armstrong). A professional musician, Giglio is proficient on flute, clarinet, saxophone and all woodwinds including oboe and bassoon. He plays with the Jazz Assemblage and has played with A Cut Above and The Nostalgics. During his career, he has played backup for such notables as The Temptations, The Glenn Miller Band, Bob Hope, and Nancy Wilson.

Jim Green has been promoted to vice president of manufacturing for the company. He began his 30-year career in musical instrument manufacturing as a buffer. In 1983, he joined jj Babbitt as a production expediter and, most recently, served as plant manager. Green has extensive knowledge and an outstanding record of service. In his new position, he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company's manufacturing & production. Green lives in Elkhart, Indiana.

Linda Nielsen is now serving as chief financial officer of the company. She joined jj Babbitt in 1995 as a bookkeeper. Prior to that time, she worked for Crowe Chizek and Company after having gained experience at a small accounting firm. She has held several positions at jj Babbitt, including office manager and, most recently, controller.

jj Babbitt is one of the world's oldest and most respected manufacturers of mouthpieces for clarinets and saxophones. Legendary for quality, craftsmanship and value, jj Babbitt is the only mouthpiece manufacturer that molds its own hard rubber mouthpieces in-house, allowing the firm to maintain complete control over the quality of these products. jj Babbitt produces more than 300,000 mouthpieces each year in a choice of 2,000 different styles under the brand names Meyer, Otto Link, jj Babbitt, Wolfe Tayne, Guy Hawkins, Hite Premier and J & D Hite as well as under private labels.

The jj Babbitt company is an OEM supplier to the world's largest instrument manufacturers and also supplies mouthpieces internationally to professionals, distributors and dealers. Mouthpieces produced by jj Babbitt are played by musicians ranging in skill from school children to some of the world's most famous professionals. Information about the company's products is available from local music dealers or on the web at www.jjbabbitt.com.



jj Babbitt Posts the Best Year in Company History

ELKHART INDIANA–In 2006, the jj Babbitt Company, 2201 Industrial Parkway, experienced its highest sales in company history. Rocco (Rocky) Giglio, vice president of operations, attributed the increase in sales to the company establishing closer working relationships with their worldwide distributors, developing more efficient production management, and streamlining cost accounting measures. "In order to better facilitate orders and maintain a consistent workforce, we collaborated with our distributors to create and follow stricter production schedules," Giglio said. "Having a clear idea of how many mouthpieces would be needed from each of our six product lines through the year, enabled us to gear production to our customers' demands better than ever before." Giglio further noted that work was steady at jj Babbitt all year. "Our CEO, Bill Reglein, and I are very pleased with the continued progress and success of jj Babbitt," he added. In addition to time and production management, He also credited close contact with professional musicians as a plus in the success of jj Babbitt. "Our customers help us improve quality by providing constant feedback," Giglio noted. "We give customers what they want."

Giglio further attributed strong sales to Babbitt's long-time popular selling Otto Link and Meyer lines as well as to its newest mouthpiece lines: Hite Premier and J & D Hite. The Hite lines have been produced steadily since jj Babbitt purchased them early in 2005. Sales of these products jumped dramatically In 2006, Giglio credited the increase to fast delivery and turnaround time. The Hite lines also benefitted this year from jj Babbitt's stronger distributor relationship program. Hite Premiere student mouthpieces are used by many school music programs; J & D Hite products are a top choice of professional musicians.

The jj Babbitt Company is the only mouthpiece manufacturer that molds its hard rubber mouthpieces in-house, which allows the firm to maintain complete control over the quality of finished products. Babbitt is acclaimed throughout the world for its outstanding variety, quality, innovation and craftsmanship. The company annually produces over 300,000 mouthpieces for saxophones and clarinets in 2,000 different variations under the brand names Otto Link, Meyer, jj Babbitt, Wolfe Tayne, Guy Hawkins and Hite. The company also produces custom mouthpieces with private labeling.

Bill Reglein and Giglio are both members of Elkhart County Historical Museum in Bristol, Indiana and serve on the advisory board of C.H.I.M.E. (Committee for the Historical Museum of Musical Instrument Manufacturers).

The jj Babbitt Company is an OEM supplier to the world's largest instrument manufacturers and also supplies mouthpieces internationally to professionals, distributors and dealers. Mouthpieces produced by the company are played by musicians ranging in skill from school children to top professionals. For more information about jj Babbitt products, visit www.jjbabbitt.com.

CONTACT:

Rocky Giglio
jj Babbitt Company
2201 Industrial Parkway
Elkhart, IN 46514
(574) 293-6514




jj Babbitt Purchases David Hite, Inc.;
Will Produce Premiere and J & D Hite Mouthpieces

ELKHART, INDIANA - The jj Babbitt Company has purchased David Hite, Inc., according to an announcement by William (Bill) Reglein, jj Babbitt's president and CEO. Hite, a well-known crafter of mouthpieces for saxophones and clarinets based in Estero, Florida, died in April of 2004. During the past 30 years, Mr. Hite worked closely with jj Babbitt staff who produced the privately labeled mouthpieces that were hand finished by Hite and his wife, Jean.

"We are not changing anything about David Hite mouthpieces except the location where they are finished," stated Rocky Giglio, jj Babbitt's vice president of operations. "The Hite dealer/distributor structure, pricing and quality will remain the same." The jj Babbitt Company will produce and finish Hite's two popular mouthpiece lines. Premiere, designed for students, is available for Bb clarinet as well as for alto and tenor saxophone. Premiere student models are a staple in many school music programs because they are easy to play.
A second line - J & D Hite - is designed for use by professional musicians. All David Hite mouthpieces are faced using personally crafted facing cams and are hand finished before being individually play-tested. In addition to Hite mouthpieces, jj Babbitt manufactures over 2,000 different mouthpiece styles in five standard label lines: Meyer, Otto Link, Wolfe Tayne, Guy Hawkins and jj Babbitt. The company also produces custom mouthpieces with private labeling.

The jj Babbitt company is an OEM supplier to the world's largest instrument manufacturers and also supplies mouthpieces internationally to professionals, distributors and dealers. Mouthpieces produced by the company are played by musicians ranging in skill from school children to top professionals.




Reglein Receives 65 Year Service Award
from jj Babbitt Co.

65th ELKHART, INDIANA--In 1939, Eugene (Bud) Reglein began making mouthpieces for saxophones and clarinets at jj Babbitt, the company his uncle Jesse James Babbitt had founded. Bud was 19; the company was 20. In December of 2004, during the company's 85th anniversary year, Reglein received a service award marking 65 years with the company.

When Reglein joined jj Babbitt, the company consisted of five employees and a bulldog named Chopper and was located in the cramped quarters of its founder's two-stall garage. Over the next 65 years, Reglein moved twice with the company, which has been located at 2201 Industrial Parkway in Elkhart since 1981. During his tenure at jj Babbit, he worked every station of the manufacturing process including lathe, buffing, inspecting, shipping, sales, design and delivery.

Reglein's natural talent for machine design and blueprint work in high school served the company well. He designed several machines, some of which are still in use today. A born problem solver, Reglein is well known for making special accommodations so everyone can enjoy making music. He once developed a mouthpiece that would allow a stroke victim to play the saxophone even though a portion of his mouth was paralyzed.

In 1951, when Jesse Babbitt died, Reglein became a partner in the business with Jesse's wife and brother. In 1959, he purchased the company outright and served as president and CEO. In 1971 his son, William R. (Bill) joined the company. Like his father, he worked virtually every position before stepping into the presidency. Although the elder Reglein no longer works at jj Babbitt full time, he still serves as the company's chairman, remains involved in its day to day operation and serves as mentor and consultant to his son. In 2005, the firm marks its 86th year in business, all under three generations of family ownership and management.

Today, the firm employs approximately 40 people and produces more than 300,000 mouthpieces annually under six brand names: Guy Hawkins, Otto Link, Meyer, Wolfe Tayne, jj Babbitt and David Hite. The latter brand was purchased in October of 2004. For 86 years, jj Babbitt mouthpieces have been appreciated for their variety, quality and craftsmanship and are known throughout the world by saxophone and clarinet players from students to professional musicians. The company is the only mouthpiece manufacturer that molds its own hard rubber mouthpieces in-house to retain complete control over research, design, development and quality. The majority of jj Babbitt's mouthpieces are made of sculptured plastic (ebonite); metal models are also produced.

The company's wide range of mouthpieces includes over 2,000 different variations to satisfy virtually every style and level of play. "Mouthpieces are all we do," said Bill Reglein. "We do that one thing and do it well." Although the father and son pair have dedicated their careers to producing millions of mouthpieces, neither of them plays saxophone or clarinet.

The jj Babbitt company is an OEM supplier to the world's largest instrument manufacturers and also supplies mouthpieces internationally to professionals, distributors and dealers. Mouthpieces produced by the company are played by musicians ranging in skill from school children to top professionals.




RG by Otto Link
Three Years in the Making

Rocky Giglio, professional woodwind player and 40-year music industry veteran, joined jj Babbitt as Vice President of Operations in 1999. At that time, he was playing a 30-year old tenor sax mouthpiece that had been modified many times over the years by Rocky and others, including the jj Babbitt Company. With the exception of this one mouthpiece, Rocky played exclusively jj Babbitt-made products on his other horns. Being a loyal guy, Rocky felt he should play only mouthpieces made by his company.

Rocky took this dilemma to his long-time friend, Bill Reglein, President/Owner of jj Babbitt. Bill told Rocky he should play what he was comfortable with and that jj Babbitt would make his mouthpiece with all the modifications to suit him. Through the combined efforts of Rocky Giglio and Jim Green, jj Babbitt's Manufacturing Manager, the versatile RG mouthpiece was created. It took three years to design and produce this magnificent mouthpiece and any tenor sax player who tries it is likely to agree the RG was well worth the wait.

RG by Otto Link has many unique features such as a hard rubber tooth protector that runs the full length of the bite with no metal taken off the mouthpiece. Inside, the parabolic-shaped chamber is designed for ease of blowing and projection. The versatility of this mouthpiece allows it to be used for all types of music--from soft and mellow to bright and edgy--depending upon the set up the player prefers. For long-lasting durability, the mouthpiece has a brushed stainless steel finish and is also available with gold plating by special order. RG also comes in a hard rubber model with a more traditional outside shape and the same parabolic chamber concept inside. Tip openings are offered in: .108", .118", and .128".

Trying this mouthpiece will make you a believer! Visit your nearest jj Babbitt dealer to experience the beautiful, functional, and remarkably versatile RG by Otto Link.




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jj Babbitt Introduces new Mouthpieces in Meyer Line


ELKHART, INDIANA-The jj Babbitt Company has added two new mouthpieces to their top selling Meyer line. They are the M45 hard rubber clarinet mouthpiece and the 'G'. a new hard rubber mouthpiece for alto saxophone.

The M45 for clarinet produces a dark centered sound that projects yet is flexible enough to meet even the most demanding player's individual needs. The 'G' by Meyer is specially designed to recreate the alto sax sounds made famous by great musicians of the past such as Paul Desmond. This mouthpiece was developed in response to professional and advanced sax players who asked jj Babbitt to devise a mouthpiece that could recreate the unique sound of this great jazz musician. The new 'G' mouthpiece can also help intermediate players achieve a better sound.

The 'G' by Meyer was developed through the combined efforts of three members of the jj Babbitt team. They are Bill Reglein, Rocky Giglio, and Jim Green who, combined, have nearly 100 years of experience in all areas of the music industry. Working together, the Babbitt employees were able to reproduce the size and style of chamber and tip opening that allows the unique sound of great saxophonists of the past. 'G' by Meyer is available in three different tip openings: 5,6, or 7.

The jj Babbitt Company, founded in 1919 by Jesse J. Babbitt, is known for its highly skilled, long term employees along with on-going research, design and development of mouthpieces to meet changing tastes and individual needs. Now in its third generation of family ownership and operation, jj Babbitt produces mouthpieces under the brand names of Guy Hawkins, Otto Link, Meyer, Wolfe Tayne and jj Babbitt. The company offers over 2,000 different mouthpieces to satisfy virtually every style and level of play from beginner to seasoned professional. The company supplies mouthpieces internationally to manufacturers, distributors and dealers.


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