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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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"Much better than the S80 C*"


by John - 8/26/2009 11:57:14 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
College Student Classical Bloomington, IN
8 people out of 8 found this review helpful

I bought this mouthpiece recently at the advice of my professor and fellow students, and was amazed with the improvement over my old Selmer S80 C*. The tone is much more dark and centered, and the response is better. It took the brightness and edge out of typically bad-sounding notes like high B and C#. Likewise, the lowest notes on the horn got much better responses, and their tone qualities did not have a "honk". I was also able to get a better response in the lower dynamics throughout all ranges of the instrument. If you're not satisfied with your S80, then by all means, get this mouthpiece.

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"The last stop in my search for a classical mouthpiece"


by Paul - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Band Director Concert Band, Contemp Christian, Jazz Jacksonville, FL
7 people out of 7 found this review helpful

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.

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"best mouthpiece ever"


by Daniel May - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
8 years classical, jazz blues, rock, ect. Simi Valley, California
5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

This mouth piece has the best response. It has the perfect tone quality for large ensembles, to soloists and duets. When partnered with the Vandorin optimum ligature there is no better combination.

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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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"Great mouthpiece!"


by Nicholas - 4/22/2014 5:26:51 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
University music education major Classical St. Augustine, FL
3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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.

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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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What experience level is this mouthpiece geared for?
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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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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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