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jj Babbitt Recaptures the Past

By Rocky Giglio

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.

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 worldwide 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.