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Description
Express your full tonal range the Jumbo Java.

Vandoren Jumbo Java Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece
The Vandoren Alto Saxophone Jumbo Java Mouthpiece is very bright with fine precision and control.

Vandoren mouthpieces are known for their high, uniform quality—among the best of the mass produced. The Vandoren line is extensive. It covers all woodwinds and offers designs suited to a variety of playing and musical styles.

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"one wicked mouthpiece"


by Rob - 8/19/2009 11:24:16 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
professional jazz, rock, blues, funk, latin Las Vegas, NV
4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

I just test drove the A35. Blew every $400 mouthpiece I've owned and played out the door. If you want a mouthpiece that can be extremely sensitive and then knock the highlights out of the guitar players hair with volume this is the one. The sound and intonation quality did not vary at any dynamic level. The sound is bright, rich and full of overtones. Definitely a soloist mouthpiece, I wouldn't personally use it in a section of saxes because it will not fit in with the classic New York Meyer crew. This is a modern rich sounding mouthpiece in hard rubber that will have the guys playing metal mouthpieces looking at you asking how is that possible. From the low Bb through the altissimo it did not miss a beat and I only played on it for my first time. It will be exciting to see what its capable of as I explore the mouthpieces versatility. For a hundred dollars every sax player looking for that edge in a modern saxophone world should just give it a try.

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"Loud and Rich Sound"


by WP - 9/7/2012 10:14:49 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Active Jazz, Reggae, Gospel/Christian, etc. MI
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

I bought the Jumbo Java A45 about two to three years ago and it is by far the best mouthpiece I've ever had. It is as close to a metal mouthpiece as you can get without buying a metal mouthpiece, it has a large barrel with a open tip for a loud rich sound, then pairing it with Vandoren's ZZ Series Reeds (3)which are extremely flexible has given me a very smooth and rich sound. I highly recommend this product.

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"Good product if you know what you want!"


by Carl Spaeth - 8/24/2009 6:38:37 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Active, Teacher, Student Jazz, , Fusion, Blues, Rock Stillwater, OK
5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

I own the A75, and it's perfect for rock/fusion settings, as well as a solo saxophone for jazz band. It's a bit too easy blowing though for it to be an everyday mouthpiece for jazz band, as it doesn't blend with the section well. The price for this quality in a hard rubber mouthpiece is great, especially when you find out how high the prices for metal mouthpieces of this caliber are. I also appreciate that vandoren's consistency in this mouthpiece on tenor (T75) is very good. My only problem with that is that there's no jumbo java for bari or soprano, you have to get a v5 or something else. Bottom line, i'm satisfied, and it's been reliable for many years for me. I'm now a grad teaching assistant at Oklahoma State.

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"Wow! totally worth the extra work!"


by Robert - 12/4/2011 6:02:38 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Serious student Jazz and Classical Fenton, Michigan
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

This mouthpiece packs a punch! I recently bought the A35 this for Jazz Band and I am very impressed. However, if this your first Jazz mouthpiece be prepared to spend a little bit getting use to it. Because this mouthpiece is open, you are going to tend to squeak and are going to need to adjust you embouchure. But don't get me wrong, this is an excellent mouthpiece that any saxophonist should enjoy.

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"Good Bright MPC, However it Lacks Control"


by Ben Byrne - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
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College Student/Professional Jazz/Funk/Classical Brisbane Australia
11 people out of 12 found this review helpful

I've had a Jumbo Java for the past year, I didn't test it out before I got it, I just bought one because it sounded like what I wanted. Who can resist a metal sound with a rubber feel? I bought it, and it's exactly as it says, the biggest bore, and the fattest chamber! Most ligatures don't even fit it. I had trouble making a tone out of it at first, I mean moving from a Selmer C* to this we're talking mega chamber difference. It wasn't until I started playing a link on my tenor did I really start fully filling the chamber on my A35 Jumbo Java (and I had to drop to a 2.5 size reed (from 3.5)). Here's the problem. I thought I controlled this mpce. Last week I did a gig and had it recorded. When I went back and listened to it, I realized my tone was all over the place. Generally, my high register sounded absolutely fantastic.... My lower register however sounded crap. Even my altissimo C's and D's were clear. In conclusion, I think my verdict for this MPC is that it's really good as a solo mouthpiece. The tone you get will never blend with anyone else. It's a very loud mouthpiece, however, if this is what you want then you'll have to put in alot of work to balance out the sound.

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