The Vandoren V16 Tenor Sax mouthpiece was recently re-invented and is made with the legendary ‘Bell Metal’ brass, then plated with 24-karat gold. These are the hidden gem amongst Tenor mouthpieces, often overshadowed by the 'latest and greatest' (or those shouting loudest) modern niche makers - but make no mistake these V16 models are absolutely packed full of depth, character and tone.
This is the Medium chamber model which is inspired by the famous mouthpieces from the 50's/60's. A round and deep sound but still with plenty of bite, focus and projection. It's an exceptionally well made mouthpiece with a full tone due to the measurements and material. There is also a small chamber model (the original V16 design) which has a more focussed and immediate tone. A large chamber model is also available to special order and is more like Vintage Link pieces. We find the small or medium models are the most popular.
PLEASE NOTE: Mouthpiece Only. Please order our code ALC417 for correct Vandoren Ligature & Cap to fit this model. If you have any questions about this fit please contact us.
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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.
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