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

Vandoren Optimum Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece
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.

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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"These mouthpieces are amazing!"

by B - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Jazz, Blues, and Classical WI
15 people out of 15 found this review helpful

I bought the Vandoren AL3 mouthpiece about two years ago. It was one of the best investments I've ever made. Not only did it make my playing more fun, but my sound has improved tremendously. I wouldn't recommend this mouthpiece to a beginner, but for an intermediate or higher level player, it's amazing. It's a great step from a stock set-up. I wouldn't recommend any other mouthpiece.

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"Beautiful Sound"

by Emily - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
8 years on alto sax mostly classical, some jazz Vermont
34 people out of 37 found this review helpful

This is a GREAT mouthpiece - I've played a couple others but none of them give as good of a sound. I get a lot of compliments on my tone now and I think it has a lot to do with the Optimum. It's really clear, dark, smooth, rich, direct - it's great for classical but definitely not for jazz because it's so clean sounding. I got the AL3 and I've had it for about 2 1/2 years and it still sounds great, but the smaller facing is starting to feel like there's not enough flexibility, so I would definitely say for really experienced players or anyone playing on harder reeds (4 or above) that the AL4 would be the way to go.

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"Vandoren Optimum AL-3"

by Joseph Middleton - 8/19/2013 10:26:37 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Studying Student Jazz, Classical, Pop, and Blues Bay City, MI

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.

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"Love it!"

by Lynsey S - 10/11/2010 11:38:41 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Alto Sax Student of 7 Years Classical Champlin, MN
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

I purchased this mouthpiece because the Selmer S80 C* just wasn't doing it for me. I have to say, I wish I had got this one from the start! I have an AL4, and it is the best mouthpiece I have ever played on. The low register is deep and doesn't "honk" at all. The high register pops with ease, as well as altissimo. The sound is mellow and dark -perfect for a classical player. There is also little resistance. Not to mention it's great for the price. I play this with a size 3 V12 reed, but blue box also sounds good. I give my full recommendation for this mouthpiece!

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"WOW - What a difference"

by Brad Lathrop - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Making music since '69 Christian, Jazz, Classical Illinois
12 people out of 13 found this review helpful

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!

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I live in Puerto Rico and I would like to know if the return policy about trying a mouthpiece for a couple of days apply to my country. Thanks
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I bought the Vandoren Optimum blemished option. Does this "defect" could affect the mouthpiece performance?
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Which of the used mouthpieces is the AL4?
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I am not sure about buying the Vandoren AL3 or AL4. Is there any way I could try them both and then send the one I prefer the least back?
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How long do mouthpieces take to ship to Michigan?
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Is this mouthpiece shipped in its original box and cover.
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Can you reccomend a good saxophone for students?
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Do I need to buy a ligator when I buy a mouthpiece. I have one from plastic mouthpiece. Can I use that one? Do I need to buy another one to play it?
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What experience level is this mouthpiece geared for?
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I could use some advice about saxophone mouthpieces. My daughter is a high school senior and will be using it for college marching band and concert band (not jazz) but is not a music major. She probably plays at an early advanced level. Vandoren has been recommended but we're not sure which one would be best. After reading reviews, the Optimum seems like a good candidate. Can you give us a reccomendation?
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Is the vandoren optimum alto saxophone mouthpiece made of metal?
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I am looking to buy a new alto sax mouthpiece. I play only in concert bands. I am a retired teacher and I have been using a Meyer for 20 years. Thinking about the Vandoren Optimum. Which of the AL3 or AL4 would be best for an intermediate player looking for a rich responsive concert soun?
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