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jj Babbitt Goes Retro for 100th Anniversary


By Rocky Giglio

jj Babbitt Goes Retro for 100th Anniversary;
Introduces FL Otto Link Mouthpiece

ELKHART, INDIANA–The jj Babbitt Company, Inc. proudly celebrates its 100th anniversary by introducing the Otto Link FL (FLORIDA) mouthpiece for tenor saxophone. “We’re expanding upon the classic, distinctive sound of Otto Link with this FL edition,” said Rocco (Rocky) Giglio, jj Babbitt’s president and chief operating officer. The limited edition mouthpiece has a sleek gold-tone finish and will be produced only during 2019, the company’s centennial year.

The FL Otto Link, has been several years in the making and was created through extensive development and testing, along with evaluation by professional musicians. Craftsmen from jj Babbitt then implemented a combination of minor adjustments in virtually every aspect of the mouthpiece in order to capture the unrivaled Otto Link sound. “This is the original,” Giglio said. Other manufacturers have tried to copy the unique Otto Link sound, but no one has duplicated it.”

In trials by professionals, the FL Otto Link received top marks for sound quality and playability. Player comments included:

  • • ”It is amazing! These are the first current production pieces that truly recreate the best of the vintage mouthpiece sound...dark and powerful, with just the right amount of edge. The baffle is just right—a long rollover—not the shelf baffle that most modern pieces have, and not 'dead' like so many Otto Link copycats. I most appreciate how well the mouthpiece plays top to bottom, with great intonation and response. It makes sense that jj Babbitt would be the one to get it right!”
  • • “The new FL Otto Link has a rich, warm sound, while still having the quickness of response and flexibility through the entire range of the horn that you need to get your idea across.”
  • • “A warm big sound throughout [its] range, yet with some edge, if I want it. It reminds me of the old Otto Links I played and wished I hadn’t sold!”

More information is available from local music dealers or at www.jjbabbitt.com