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I bought one of these about five months ago and I think it's great. When I bought it I thought it a bit better for me than the various alternatives – Dawkes were very helpful in the shop suggesting several mouthpieces to try and plying me with coffee – but since then the metal V16 has really grown on me. To be precise I bought a Vandoren V16 Metal Tenor mouthpiece, medium chamber T7. It has a rich tone, full of character. It's reliable to play and it's quite an all-rounder. I use it for a jazz quartet/trio - where it is superb – you can get quite a classic sound, but I also play big band jazz and in a pub pop-rock band. If you only play rock, you might want something different but it works there too: it doesn't go thin at the top, like some pieces do, and has plenty of oomph and a nice edge if pushed. The tone is very uniform from top to bottom so I find I’m exploring the whole instrument in solos and not just sticking to a favourite part of the range. It comes without a ligature but an inexpensive Rovner Star ligature (about £20) is fine if you don’t want the bespoke Vandoren one. I play it with a Vandoren Red Java 2.5 reeds and, to be honest, after the first few weeks I’ve not been tempted to try anything else. Not a trendy brand, nor immediately exciting sound like some makes – but when you get to know it you find its hidden depths and unlike many pieces, it’s not a one trick pony.
Dawkes Music & Windcraft Ltd are a globally recognised UK based Music Industry company that have expert staff who specialise in products, performance, teaching and repairing in the brass and woodwind sector.
Purchasing a first Instrument outright need not be an expensive risk with our buy-back scheme. Return your Instrument in good condition within 6 months and we will refund 90% of the purchase price less the original VAT paid.
|Your original purchase price:||£291.00|
|We deduct the original VAT paid||£-48.50|
|We make a charge of 10%||£-24.25|
|Total Amount Refunded||£218.25|
|Total Cost for 6 Months use||£72.75|
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