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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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"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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"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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"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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"Great ... Dark & Focused Sound"

by Nick C - 4/22/2009 11:15:32 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Hobbyist Jazz & Classical Lakewood, Ca
4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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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"Hands down best concert piece out there."

by I <3 SELMER Altos and Yamaha Sops - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
8 years playing saxophone and 1 year playing other Jazz, Classical, Funk, Latin, and Rock Indiana
4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

For a long time I've been looking for an amazing sounding concert mouth piece that would give me a smooth, rich, dark sound without a buzz. I JUST bought this piece, got it a week ago and right out of the box it was everything I wanted. No buzz, rich, dark sound, centered pitch. It is extremely easy to keep this mouth piece in tune. My setup is Rovner Dark ligature and Vandoren ZZ 3 1/2. I know...ZZ reeds are for jazz but I like the response that I get from the thinner cut reeds that are focused on superb response however, the thickness being 3 1/2 gives me a rich sound not too bright.

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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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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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