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Vandoren Optimum Alto Saxophone MouthpieceThe 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.These mouthpieces are available in two different facings, the AL3 and the AL4. The AL3 most closely resembles a C* facing and is perfect for students from beginner to intermediate and into advanced. The AL4 is based on the popular A27 from the V5 series. The design is a bit more open and better for professionals or serious, upper-level students. It is similar to C**.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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If you are looking for a smooth, mellow, dark, rich tone you owe it to yourself to try this one. Like some of the other posts here, I ordered several mouthpieces from WWBW to do a side by side comparison. The Vandoren AL4 won hands-down! The tone I got from it was absolutely amazing. I continue to get compliments on my tone from amateur?s and pros alike. I recommend using it with a Rovner 1RL Dark ligature and Vandoren # 3 or better reeds. Plan on spending a week or so experimenting with the ligature placement. I found the best positioning for me was placing the ligature towards the back of the chamber then "cocking" the ligature forward and tightening. Have fun!
I had been struggling with a different mouthpiece by a famous manufacturer for several years. The old piece just wasn't working for me...I could not get the dark sound I wanted. The "S" piece was also very resistant and slow to respond - I never got comfortable with it. This piece is completely different! Responsive, good intonation and very flexible in tone quality. I could not imagine being happier. This is my second Vandoren mouthpiece and I am very impressed. I can get the sound I want without having to think about it.
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.
After 4 years of college I finally came across the Optimum Al3 and all my struggles were resolved. Working on tone is something that is very frustrating for all and automatically it produced a clean and dark tone that the C* and Larry Teal could not give me. Even though those two very popular mouthpieces are chosen by hundreds of thousands of players, this mouthpiece is more affordable and offers a much more rich tone that everyone is seeking. Don't waste your time with the expensive LT, go straight for this mouthpiece. I play them on soprano, alto, and tenor and have got tons of compliments on my rich dark tone.
I've been using a Selma Larry Teal mouthpiece playing a Yamaha 82Z alto sax. A good combo that works well for me when playing classical. When playing soft jazz, I use a Meyer M5 mouthpiece. A short time ago, a friend asked me to try the Vandoren AL4 mouthpiece and provide an opinion. I tried it with a #3 medium Rigotti Gold reed and WOW what a clearly noticeable difference in sound. Naturally, I liked it so much I had to buy one. I tried various ligatures and the one I thought worked best is the Rovner MKIII.C-1RL, lightly tightened (as in snug). When I first used the AL4 mouthpiece the fellows I played with liked the sound and said they heard a clean much darker focused sound, also thinking I may have been using a different sax. I still use the Larry Teal and the Meyer mouthpieces but the AL4 plays a much darker focused sound that seems to fill the room. The AL4 mouthpiece is easily free-blowing and quick to respond. It's a keeper.
I would Compare the Selma Larry Teal, Meyer M5, and the Vandoren AL4 mouthpieces as follows. The Selma Larry Teal is free-blowing and quickly responsive and plays a clean focused sound that's just a tad on the bright side. It's definitely a good versatile mouthpiece. The Meyer M5 is free-blowing and responsive and plays a clean, focused slightly darker sound than the Larry Teal mouthpiece. The Meyer M5 is a good jazz mouthpiece. The Vandoren AL4 is free-blowing and responsive and gives a clean darker focused sound than the Meyer M5. I like it and occasionally use it rather than the Meyer M5. If you like the sound, the Vandoren AL4 could be the one all purpose mouthpiece.
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