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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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"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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"Best Investment Possible For All Sax Players on any level"

by Patrick Brady - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Assistant Band Director, Drum Corps Alum, Music Ed degree Classical Kentucky
52 people out of 56 found this review helpful

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.

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"Simply Outstanding Tone!"

by J Clarkson - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
All-State and several honor bands, high school bands primarily classical, also jazz Woodbury, MN
14 people out of 15 found this review helpful

I received the AL4 my sophomore year right before school ended. It produced the best tone I have ever had!! I played it with the Vandoren select reeds, strength 3 and the optimum and leather ligatures and it was a dream come true. For almost two years I had been searching for my unique sound and I achieved it with this mouthpiece. The tone was rich and extremely colorful. I couldn't believe I had never tried it before! Shortly I was getting way more compliments on my tone than I thought I deserved! My solos in honor bands drew a lot of attention to me from the other band members, the audience and even band directors from other schools! I play on a Yanagisawa 901 alto with the 992 neck and it sings like an angel. Then last Christmas my mom got me the AL3 and I experimented with that a little. I use that one more now because my private teacher and band director say that my tone is even clearer and more focused. I use 3 1/2 reeds with it because the 3s sounded too bright for me on that mouthpiece. Overall, the optimum series is a very wonderfully made mouthpiece that is sure to give you the saxophone sound of your dreams!

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"Great All-around Classical Mouthpiece"

by Daniel Duplantis - 7/6/2012 3:32:17 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
8 years, entering college music major Classical Houma, Louisiana

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.

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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
8 people out of 8 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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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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