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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.
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.
I went to a local music store and I tried out a variety of alto saxophone mouthpieces. This mouthpiece out played every single of the other mouthpieces I tried. It has an absolutely beautiful. The sound is not only deep, but almost rich. I had never heard my alto sound so beautiful. Furthermore, all the notes on my saxophone seemed to come out with a little more ease. The more I played this mouthpiece, the more I loved what I was hearing. I loved it so much that I immediately ordered it off WWBW because it was about $20 cheaper. I got the AL4, the AL3 was a little too closed for me.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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