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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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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.
Recently, I have played on the Selmer S80 C* Mouthpiece. After purchasing the Vandoren Optimum AL3 I immediately heard and felt a difference in my sound. My tone was much more desirable that the tone that the S80 gave me. I have a richer and darker tone which is great for classical music. I would recommend this mouthpiece to anyone that wants to improve how they sound while playing classical music.
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!
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.
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 a sax player on and off for 35 years, but the last 6 years I have gotten serious with it. My main mouthpiece was the Selmer C* for classical. I saw the good reviews on this piece and ordered one to see for myself. This piece is noticeably easier to play than the C*. The sound may be a little quieter, but the tone is still nice. This would be the best piece for a student, in my opinion or a classical player.
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!
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.
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!
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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