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Vandoren Tenor Sax V16 ReedsThe Vandoren V16 tenor sax reed is the thickest Vandoren reed cut. The thicker cut creates a deep, harmonically rich sound with lots of attack. It addition, the thicker cut lends a depth and color to the sound that is truly special. Some saxophonists prefer a less ornamented sound than the one that V16 reeds promote, but if you can become accustomed to the V16's properties and tame them, it just may become essential equipment for your unique signature sound.
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If you are looking for an aggressive, thick sound, these are the reeds for you. The middle register is very muscular, much more so than a lot of other reeds, like ZZs or Javas. I spend a lot of time in the altissimo register(probably more than I should), and with less work than with most reeds I've played on, I can access my current range of up to the high Eb above the natural range of the horn. The only downside is that once you get down to low C# or so and lower than that, the sound can be almost too chunky, and difficult to control until you get used to it.
I started playing V16s my freshman year in high school, so it's been about 7 years and counting. The reason I like these reeds so much is that they require little more than a simple break-in period and they then play for a very long time. Usually consistency of playability is about 4 or 5 per box (of 5), which is pretty much unheard of for saxophone reeds. I love the way V16s sound and react - they give you massive tonal and dynamic flexibility while keeping the sound centered, and the response is great. I play them on every saxophone, #3.
I?ve been playing for quite while and started using V16's in high school. I recently had to switch to another brand temporarily (very popular for beginners R ** O)because I forgot to re-order and didn?t get my V16's on time, and the only music store open that day only carried (cheap) reeds. Oh what a difference it was. I went thru 3 in one show. 1 didn't play worth a darn; the other two wore out fast. I would almost have rather not played. Ok just kidding show must go on right. Long story short- the tone and response on the V16's is hard to beat- and at the price they are offered here from WWBW you can't beat that anywhere. If carrying a horn section on your back and have the need to belch out some fat sax licks you won't find much anything better for the price. I give V16's my highest recommendation and look forward to using what?s left of my box of R**o's for something more suitable... Like starting my BBQ grill.
I play most jazz stuff on alto and tenor (both P. Mauriats), so when I got a Guardala King piece for my tenor, I thought the piece and my horn were a great match. However, I struggled to find a reed to match the wide-open tip opening of my Guardala. I tried a ZZ #3 and I liked it, but I had to use a little more air than i wanted to; so I tried a V16 #2.5 and it worked great! It gives a huge, fat tone throughout every register, and with this reed/piece combination my "useable" altissimo range can reach a Bb two octaves above the written range Bb! They are also incredibly consistent. I would recommend these reeds to anyone who loves having a great sound with great flexibility of colors.
In my 18 years of experience as a saxophonist, I've not come across a finer reed. The response of the V16 series of reeds allows for better control and intonation. I especially recommend the V16 series for the soloist, as it produces a rich and full tone that you would need to fill a stage with sound.
I am not primarily a sax player, but my position requires a lot of sax playing in a VERY STRONG section, and I find these reeds to be the most suitable of all I've tried (and believe me I've spent the GNP of a small country trying different sax reeds). They are stable in pitch, responsive in all registers, and can be as up front as you need them to be without sacrificing controlability. As a great bonus, I find them to be more consistent reed-to-reed than most others, although you're still likely to find one seriously too hard or soft in each box.
This is a great reed! I have been playing for many years and really have a big sound when it comes to pep band. It really amazed me how thick this reed was compared to my other brands. A few days to break it in and when I tried it out for the first time at pep band, my sound overwhelmed the gym, absolutely crazy. The V16's really got something else, your volume can just keep going up and there is no limit. Very precise articulation. Also, my pep reeds usually get dinged up a bit and I am amazed how many times i bumped it, thinking I had chipped the reed, but alas! The reed survives and is STILL in perfect condition after 4 months, getting played 2-3 times a week! Very impressed by the quality of the Vandoren V16 reeds.
The V16 is just a great playing reed. It responds well in all registers, from bottom subtones through the altissimo. These are not subtle reeds. They're louder and brighter than any other wooden reed I've found. However, bright is in, so this is not necessarily a bad thing. And, these reeds still have lots of body and can get a pretty sound when needed. It may even be a good choice for classical players that tend to sound too dark or stuffy on their set up.
I've used these tenor reeds for years with great results. Very robust sound that is perfect for the R&B type playing I do. But I do not like the new packaging at all.....it is total overkill. The box is much larger than it needs to be (very wasteful) and the wrapping of each reed in an individual foil pouch (also very wasteful and a nuisance) to seal it at a supposed "ideal" humidity level is a crock in my opinion. The reeds play exactly as they did before. Tell Vandoren to go back to the old packaging (a lot more eco-friendly I'm sure) and lower their already ridiculous prices!!
I agree with all of the other positive reviewers of this reed. Just recently I was reminded of how good this reed is when I had to use another brand for a few days. I was so glad to get my next box of V16's in the mail! I immediately tossed the other brand and with relief, put a V16 on my tenor saxophone!
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