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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

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5.0

Reeds play pretty much out of the box !!!

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from Vermont USA

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

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      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...

       
      5.0

      Great product and great price

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      from ERIE PA

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      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

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      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!!

       
      5.0

      Vandoren Optimum-The next/first mouthpiece you should buy

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      from Albuquerque, New Mexico

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      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 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great mouthpiece!

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      from St. Augustine, FL

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      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.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great All-around Classical Mouthpiece

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      from Houma, Louisiana

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      Comments about Vandoren OPTIMUM Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece:

      After recently graduating high school and entering college as a music major on sax, I was looking to buy my own professional mouthpiece. Throughout high school I played on a school-owned Rashcer mouthpiece. I've also tried a Selmer S80 C*. Neither of these mouthpieces gave the same results that I've gotten with my AL-3. This mouthpiece has a great classical tone and plays great in all registers on my Unison S300II alto. I use a mouthpiece saver which gives it extra comfort. I use regular vandoren 3.5 strength reeds with a Ravner leather ligature. If you're a serious student looking for an upgrade professional mouthpiece, this is an excellent choice.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Mouthpiece

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      from Terre Haute, Indiana

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      Comments about Vandoren OPTIMUM Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece:

      Recently, I have played on the Selmer S80 C* Mouthpiece. After purchasing the Vandoren Optimum AL3 I immediately heard and felt a difference in my sound. My tone was much more desirable that the tone that the S80 gave me. I have a richer and darker tone which is great for classical music. I would recommend this mouthpiece to anyone that wants to improve how they sound while playing classical music.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Absolutely Splendid!

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      from Stow, OH

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      Comments about Vandoren OPTIMUM Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece:

      I went to a local music store and I tried out a variety of alto saxophone mouthpieces. This mouthpiece out played every single of the other mouthpieces I tried. It has an absolutely beautiful. The sound is not only deep, but almost rich. I had never heard my alto sound so beautiful. Furthermore, all the notes on my saxophone seemed to come out with a little more ease. The more I played this mouthpiece, the more I loved what I was hearing. I loved it so much that I immediately ordered it off WWBW because it was about $20 cheaper. I got the AL4, the AL3 was a little too closed for me.

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