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Vandoren Tenor Sax V16 Reeds   

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The 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 ad...Read More

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Thick, strong reed for a thick, strong sound.

The 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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VandorenTenor Sax V16 Reeds
 
4.2

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These are great reeds

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...Read complete review

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.

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Sorry to offend those who like these reeds, but I am fed up

Ever since the new individually wrapped reeds came on the marked these reeds have been HORRIBLE. I used to play V16s (3.5) on tenor with a Vintage Otto Link Rubber Piece and found...Read complete review

Ever since the new individually wrapped reeds came on the marked these reeds have been HORRIBLE. I used to play V16s (3.5) on tenor with a Vintage Otto Link Rubber Piece and found them to have a nice full sound. Since they've been individually wrapped, the cane doesn't age right or something, and every reed arrives as a soggy mess. Honestly, I went through 2 full boxes recently and did not find a SINGLE reed that didn't feel like I was playing a stick I could have picked up from my lawn. For shame, Vandoren! I really believe they have sacrificed the quality of their cane, probably cutting the requisite aging time down to get more reeds out the door. I will say that I tried the new red box java reeds and they play great. I've realized the most important factor in a good reed is not it's cut as much as it is the quality and density of the cane. The more dense, the more focused and resonant the sound (generally). You can tell this by putting the reed in your mouth and sucking. If you can easily pull air through the reed, it is very porous and not dense. That's the problem with these Vandorens. I am VERY disappointed with Vandoren, and am now buying Rico Reserve (great cane quality, plus they tell you on the package when the reed was made).

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5.0

V16s are amazing

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from Montgomery, TX

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I have tried many different reeds and I've loved the v16s. I like my sound with 2 1/2 strength might try 3 later on but overall v16s are the way to go.

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5.0

V16s are amazing

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from Montgomery, TX

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I have tried many different reeds and I've loved the v16s. I like my sound with 2 1/2 strength might try 3 later on but overall v16s are the way to go.

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these are without question the worst reeds I have ever wasted my time trying. I keep wanting to give them another chance because one time I got a good one. These reeds are awful.

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these are without question the worst reeds I have ever wasted my time trying. I keep wanting to give them another chance because one time I got a good one. These reeds are awful.

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V16s = bad vibes

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from Bloomington

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Comments about Vandoren Tenor Sax V16 Reeds:

I've been a tenor saxophonist some 30 years and played most of the major reed manufacturers' products. Vandoren standard has emerged as my favorite for producing a big dusky classic tenor sound. Recently, my local supplier ran out-- so I tried some V16s. I found every single one of them to be weak in the tip--unamenable to restoration. Waste of $$.

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V16s = bad vibes

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Comments about Vandoren Tenor Sax V16 Reeds:

I've been a tenor saxophonist some 30 years and played most of the major reed manufacturers' products. Vandoren standard has emerged as my favorite for producing a big dusky classic tenor sound. Recently, my local supplier ran out-- so I tried some V16s. I found every single one of them to be weak in the tip--unamenable to restoration. Waste of $$.

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5.0

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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.

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from NY, New York

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Comments about Vandoren Tenor Sax V16 Reeds:

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.

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5.0

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Comments about Vandoren Tenor Sax V16 Reeds:

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.

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from Minnesota

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Comments about Vandoren Tenor Sax V16 Reeds:

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.

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