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Vandoren Optimum Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece  TL3 

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The Vandoren Optimum series of saxophone mouthpieces is designed to be more free blowing and responsive. This tenor sax mouthpiece gives you accurate...Click To Read More About This Product

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Accurate, precise, and controlled, if you've got the technique, this mouthpiece will help you show it.

The Vandoren Optimum series of saxophone mouthpieces is designed to be more free blowing and responsive. This tenor 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 TL3 and the TL4. The TL3 most closely resembles a C* facing and is perfect for students from beginner to intermediate and into advanced. It is characterized by roundness, depth and precision, and has a 1.76mm tip opening with a medium-short facing length. The L4 is a little more open than the TL3 with a richer timbre. Tip opening: 1.95mm. Facing length: Medium.

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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VandorenOptimum Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece
 
5.0

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5.0

Versatile classical mouthpiece with excellent response

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from PA

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts

    Comments about Vandoren Optimum Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece:

    Excellent classical mouthpiece which also lends itself to playing in a show and studio work.
    ZZ Vandoren #2 1/2 or 3 reeds seems to work well with this mouthpiece.
    Mouthpieces are very personal types of equipment, make sure to try before you buy. Also, compare to the TL4 because there are some subtle differences in tone and reed strength matching.

     
    5.0

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    from Millersville Pa.

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    Comments about Vandoren Optimum Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece:

    Tried three gears from you and the TL4 was preferred to the TL3 and the Selmer Paris S80.
    Being able to try more than one with return of those not selected if "in same as shipped" staus is a plus. Price is competetive with other suppliers.

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    5.0

    Exactly what I needed ..!!!

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    from Houston Texas

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    Comments about Vandoren Optimum Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece:

    Vandoren Optimum Tenor TL3 Mouthpiece plays smooth and projects well . .Just switched over from playing Alto and needed a fresh start , , as the mouthpiece I had been using was modified and about used up ..the new Optimum fit the bill ..

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent mouthpiece

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    from phila pa

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    Comments about Vandoren Optimum Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece:

    The Optimum is an excellent mouthpiece for beginners and professionals. It feels good and sounds awesome. The optimum works well with various reeds but Vandoren V16 and zz work very well. 2 1/2 to 3

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Just buy it.

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    from Fort Worth, TX

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    Comments about Vandoren Optimum Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece:

    I ended up purchasing a TL3 after I got a TL3, TL4 and T20 on trial. The T20 was super dark. I liked it, but it was almost too covered sounding. The TL4 was really easy to play as well, but it seemed a bit bright for me and the opening had me working too hard on a Rico Reserve 3.5 and getting too much reed sound on a 3. I went with the TL3 because, quite frankly, I felt like it was cheating. I couldn't believe how easy it was to just play the saxophone with this piece on. It did it all... Tone -- unreal, buttery smooth, dark, but not stuffy. Articulation--fast, easy, just the way it should be. Reeds--I use Rico Reserve and Grand Concert Selects on this piece with great results. If you or a developing student are in the market for a new mouthpiece, you owe it to yourself to try this one.

    (46 of 48 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    TL3 - The New Classical Standard

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    from Fairfield, PA

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    Comments about Vandoren Optimum Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece:

    As a classical saxophonist, I am very picky about my sound as well as responsiveness in a mouthpiece. It needs to be reed friendly and compatible with many groups, being flexible enough to work form solo to ensemble situations. Having played many classical tenor mouthpieces, from Rascher setups to Selmer S90's, S80's (refaced and stock), the LT, and various vintage C*s, I couldn't find quite the right compromise between response, intonation comfort, and tone quality. Selmers typically were very reed picky, even refaced, and the Rascher was a challenging blow that produced a sonorous yet antiquated sound. Also, most makes besides Vandoren are incredibly inconsistant and dodgy with workmanship and finishing, so it adds another variable to your playing. I was skeptical about the TL3 but tried it based on my excellent experiences with its sister product, the AL3; I am so glad I made the jump. I have never before played a mouthpiece that is this responsive, flexible in terms of voicing, homogenous across the range, and pure and focused in tone. This, paired with a Vandoren / Rico Reserve 3.5, proves to be my "beats all" mouthpiece. Its only caveat is that it plays a little more sharp than Selmers on my horn, but this is easily fixed. As I play it more, I find I am compensating, as well. Workmanship is great, no need to reface. All in all, an excellent sounding and playing product without the inconsistency of other makes. This is the new standard of classical mouthpieces for many years to come.

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