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  • AL3

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Perfect for the all-around playing of students and pros alike.

The Vandoren OPTIMUM Series of saxophone mouthpieces is designed to be more free-blowing and responsive. This Alto Sax mouthpiece gives you accurate articulation and total control at all dynamic ranges with precise intonation.

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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OPTIMUM Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece

  • Material: Hard Rubber
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VandorenOPTIMUM Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece
 
5.0

(based on 24 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (4)
  • Good quality (4)
  • Improves sound (4)
  • Functional (3)

Cons

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5.0

the best I have heard for the price

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from Millasp Texas

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • focuses the alto sound
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound
  • tremendously helps with balacning

Cons

  • tuning takes more work

Best Uses

    Comments about Vandoren OPTIMUM Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece:

    I switched an entire section of 5 students from beginner mouthpeices to these. WOW!!! what a difference! improvements in tone, timbre, and blend/balance. We played a concert F after changing to these. The section used to over power the band with not so pleasent tone. After switching to these there was a perfect blend with the rest of the group and players said they feel in control of their sound. I give these the highest recommendation. We do not play any jazz yet so i cannot speak to how they sound in a Jazz band.

     
    5.0

    Amazing choice for a mouthpiece

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    from Illinois

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts

      Comments about Vandoren OPTIMUM Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece:

      This is an all around amazing mouthpiece. It excels when playing classical music, with a mellow concert sound. I've used the AL3, which is my main choice for concert. The mouthpiece is easy to play on, and when paired with a Vandoren Strength 3 reed, it sounds gorgeous. I would recommend this to beginners and professionals alike.

       
      5.0

      I would recommend this product

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      from Upstate New York

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Vandoren OPTIMUM Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece:

        Have have used a Rascher mouthpiece on My Buescher alto for years. I heard about the VanDoren and wanted to give it a try. I chose the AL4 because the tip opening is a bit bigger. This mouthpiece coupled with a VanDoren #3 reed is a wonderful replacement and to me a great combination. It produces a wonderful warm sound the full range from top to bottom.

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Reeds play pretty much out of the box !!!

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        from Vermont USA

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Vandoren OPTIMUM Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece:

            I just started playing a few months ago... My current mouthpiece is an Ebolin Jazz type with a nice tone in the higher registers but difficult for me at this time in the lower... I'm running Rico Royal #2 reeds and it takes 6-8 times for them to sound good on the Ebolin mouthpiece...

            I was looking for a warm mellow sound as I love to play Ballads behind Band in a Box..

            Wow... The Vandoren Optimum pretty much plays the #2 reeds straight out of the box with hardly any
            prep with a nice warm tone in both the upper and lower registers... I believe this is due to it says its
            a 3* but is actually a smaller tip opening then my older mouthpiece with the same tip number...

            I highly recommend this for anyone beginning to play as a replacement for a stock mouthpiece
            that comes with a saxophone... It is a mouthpiece you will not outgrow anytime soon....

            I plan on ordering a box of Vandoren 2.5 reeds soon that I believe will give me an even warmer tone
            than the #2 reeds...

            (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great product and great price

            By 

            from ERIE PA

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Vandoren OPTIMUM Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece:

            My son saxophone teacher says this is great product for my son to use.

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            5.0

            The Best of the Best!

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            from Belton, Texas

            Site Member

            Comments about Vandoren OPTIMUM Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece:

            I've been looking a while for a good classical mouthpiece that I can get a great tone quality, projection, and can play well in the altissimo register. The Vandoren Optimum is definitely the mouthpiece that has all of those characteristics! I bought an AL3 Optimum because I've heard it was a great classical mouthpiece and it was recommended to me. After receiving it in the mail, I decided to play on it and it is the best classical mouthpiece I've played on! You should definitely consider on buying this mouthpiece!!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Vandoren Optimum-The next/first mouthpiece you should buy

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            from Albuquerque, New Mexico

            Site Member

            Comments about Vandoren OPTIMUM Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece:

            A wonderful piece of equipment with reliably accurate product descriptions as provided by WWBW. The AL3 is a great piece and relatively cheap on the market compared to the previously standard Selmer C* series. A fantastic warm sound with great control that is very well placed in an ensemble setting. If you want a little more power the AL5 with the wider tip opening will suit you very well. I combined this mouthpiece with a Vandoren M/O ligature and for a low price had a setup that created an IMMEDIATE change in my saxophone playing. You will not be disappointed!

            (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great mouthpiece!

            By 

            from St. Augustine, FL

            Site Member

            Comments about Vandoren OPTIMUM Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece:

            The Vandoren Optimum AL3 mouthpiece is excellent. It helps produce a very warm, round, and rich tone. This is a great mouthpiece for classical music. I love the sound I get from the mouthpiece with Hemke 3.5 reeds or Vandoren V12 3 reeds. I haven't tried Vandoren Traditional reeds or Rico Reserve Classic reeds on this mouthpiece yet, but I think they would sound great as well. I recommend this mouthpiece regardless of what kind of music you play.

             
            5.0

            Vandoren Optimum AL-3

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            from Bay City, MI

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            Comments about Vandoren OPTIMUM Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece:

            I've played on many mouthpieces. Recently, I went searching for a professional grade mouthpiece. Since I take private lessons, I asked my tutor about a mouthpiece. He gave me a list to try. I ended up going through many of them through people we knew. I found that the AL3 works best. The AL4 is the next one, but the new features are not as beneficial as the AL3. Also, it is very versatile. The mouthpiece is meant for Classical, but like all good mouthpieces, it can't double for Jazz. I will mention that the best way to find a mouthpiece is to borrow/loan one. I recommend the AL3 or Selmer C* depending on which works best. However, for me, the AL3 has worked better.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Vandoren AL-3 alto mouthpiece.

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            from Chester, VA

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            Comments about Vandoren OPTIMUM Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece:

            I've been a sax player on and off for 35 years, but the last 6 years I have gotten serious with it. My main mouthpiece was the Selmer C* for classical. I saw the good reviews on this piece and ordered one to see for myself. This piece is noticeably easier to play than the C*. The sound may be a little quieter, but the tone is still nice. This would be the best piece for a student, in my opinion or a classical player.

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