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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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
 
4.4

(based on 25 reviews)

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    (20)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

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    (0)

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    (3)

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    • No (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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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Good for a specific use.

I believe the overall quality has gone down in recent years with these reeds. I find that you are lucky to get two out of the five in the box to be as good...Read complete review

I believe the overall quality has gone down in recent years with these reeds. I find that you are lucky to get two out of the five in the box to be as good as they used to be, two will be worthless, and one may be really good. I play a Selmer Mk VI #81034 that I have had since 1964 and a Brilhart Level Aire that is a 1963 vintage. I prefer to use my Sennheiser 421 in both on and off axis styles in order to get the sound I want. The soft reed allows me to get a sub-tone, as well as a gut-bucket and a sweet sound so long as I use the microphone carefully. Projection is good but cuts the life expectancy of the reeds drastically, while using them the way I do gets about 160 hours of playing time on a good reed. For more projection I use a harder reed. The best method of storing between use has been one of those Vandoren reed cases with the little sponge in the bottom.

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5.0

V16 reeds deliver

By 

from Huntsville, TX

Verified Buyer

Comments about Vandoren Tenor Sax V16 Reeds:

As advertised, the V16 reeds delivers a slightly darker, fuller, richer sound I am quite pleased with them and they are now my "go to" Reed!

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5.0

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from Cincinnati, OH

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  • good reeds

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Vandoren Tenor Sax V16 Reeds:

      Vandoren V 16 reeds are good reeds. They last longer than some reeds but are still slightly inconsistent from one reed to another.

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      5.0

      More reeds playability per box than other brands.

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      from MA

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Vandoren Tenor Sax V16 Reeds:

      I have consistently gotten more good reeds to "play" right out of the box than many other brands. Not to mention I love the tonal quality of these reeds.

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      5.0

      Great reeds

      By 

      from LI NY

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Vandoren Tenor Sax V16 Reeds:

      i use V16 3 and a half strength for many years on both Tenor and alto saxes. They give me the response I want in all the genres that I perform in from Rock,Jazz,pop ,blues and fusion. I usually can use every reed in the box and not have to spend hours "finding a reed" for my gigs!

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      4.0

      Have had a lot of trouble with your website recently-

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      from Monterey, Ca.

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      Comments about Vandoren Tenor Sax V16 Reeds:

      It just gets into an endless loop after "apply card"! The guy on the phone was great though!!!

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      • No
       
      5.0

      I will buy this again

      By 

      from North Carolina

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Vandoren Tenor Sax V16 Reeds:

      Works best for my horn

      Service and delivery comments:

      Product was on time and to specs

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      • No
       
      5.0

      For me, this is it

      By 

      from Tampa, FL

      Verified Reviewer

      Comments about Vandoren Tenor Sax V16 Reeds:

      Played for over 25 years on the road, used just about everything out there doing week long and one nighter gigs. Just play at home now and have the luxury of trying all the brands again, and recording on a modest set up. Have tried these along with others, too numerous to mention, on a Jody Jazz Chi DV and now a Giant tenor mouthpiece. Also a Drake Pete Christlieb, CE Winds Super Sig, CE Winds Legend, older Bari metal, Theo Wanne Gaia metal and more...yes I have been experimenting. For me these have the meat of the sound and the crisp attack I like. In speech you have vowels and consonants...I look at music the same way. I like to hear the consonants or attack as well as the vowel or tone and these give that to me. May not be for everyone...may not be classical?

       
      3.0

      Good for a specific use.

      By 

      from Seattle

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Vandoren Tenor Sax V16 Reeds:

      I believe the overall quality has gone down in recent years with these reeds. I find that you are lucky to get two out of the five in the box to be as good as they used to be, two will be worthless, and one may be really good. I play a Selmer Mk VI #81034 that I have had since 1964 and a Brilhart Level Aire that is a 1963 vintage. I prefer to use my Sennheiser 421 in both on and off axis styles in order to get the sound I want. The soft reed allows me to get a sub-tone, as well as a gut-bucket and a sweet sound so long as I use the microphone carefully. Projection is good but cuts the life expectancy of the reeds drastically, while using them the way I do gets about 160 hours of playing time on a good reed. For more projection I use a harder reed. The best method of storing between use has been one of those Vandoren reed cases with the little sponge in the bottom.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Great reeds

      By 

      from NYC

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Vandoren Tenor Sax V16 Reeds:

        Good reeds, very little shaving required, if necessary at all, but that is a personal thing.

         
        5.0

        Consistent!!

        By 

        from Port Charlotte FL

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Vandoren Tenor Sax V16 Reeds:

        Can't finish my remarks -- --

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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