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Vandoren V16 Series Hard Rubber Alto Saxophone MouthpieceExpect the V16 series Vandoren Alto Sax Mouthpiece to deliver comfort, great blowing and ease of articulation. Crafted from hard rubber, it's a great jazz mouthpiece in the New York tradition.Vandoren mouthpieces are known for their high, uniform quality—among the best made with modern technology. Vandoren has an extensive line of mouthpieces for all woodwinds with designs suited to most playing and musical styles.
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I have been jamming on a Mark VII since 78' and I have never had a mouthpiece as awesome as the V16. I settled in on the 7S however I tried the 8M and 8S. The 8M is airy unless I'm blowing at full volume and then it just walks the talk. The 8S is a step down and more controlable. However, I like to play gently at times and the 7S gives me a gentle touch when needed and a powerful yet controlable sound when I want it. :)
I had been primarily a tenor player for many years when I first encountered these while auditioning mouthpieces for my daughter. She chose a different mpc, but this one rose to the top for me. I hadn't planned to get my own new alto mouthpiece, but I wound up trying the A6S, A7S, A7M, A8S, and A9S. I went with mainly the "small" chamber pieces because they're not actually very small and don't give the thin and piercing tone that truly small chambers can yield. It was easy to narrow it down to A7S & A9S. The A9S was attractive for its openness and extra flexibility, but I finally chose the A7S because it gave me more of the classic lead alto sort of sound with a Rovner dark lig and Fibracell medium reed.** You can easily get plenty of edge and VOLUME if you want it, but the mellow side is also easy to find.
** NOTE: the current number-graded Fibracells (3, 3.5, and 4) sound really buzzy to me with this MP. I haven't yet settled on a new synthetic reed since they stopped making the word-graded Fibracells.
The subject line says it all. I've been unable to find an alto mouthpiece that compares with this one for ease of playing and sound quality. The one thing my subject line doesn't say is that I did have to experiment with the different facings and chambers to find the one that was right for me. I ended-up with the A6 S.
I have been using a Morgan size 5 medium chamber alto mouthpiece for close to 20 years. I was satisfied with the sound of the Morgan, but wanted a little more edge without sacrificing body. The V16 A6 sm. chamber fit the bill. The tone is clear but not strident. I get an edge, but with a warm, focused center. Intonation is accurate and the mouthpiece has great control. Of course, as with any mouthpiece, matching it to the correct reed and ligature is key. I find Alexander Superial 3 or Vandoren JAVA 3 are good matches. This is couples with a Vandoren M/O ligature.
Vandoren mpc's are so incredibly consistent. I've played at least a dozen of them by now and they ALL played. The alto V16 mpc looks and plays similar to a Meyer. There looks to be a bit more roll over baffle and the chamber might be a touch smaller. The response is immediate and the sound is fat, loud and complex with just the right amount of brightness. Like I said, I have yet to encounter a "dud", which is pretty remarkable. I like the A6M with a Fibracell Med Hard reed. Very easy to play with; a nice focused and resonant tone. Definitely check this out.
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