Vandoren Saxophone Mouthpieces
Vandoren makes some very nice mouthpieces for many different horns and in many different designs. Of all the hard rubber mouthpieces I’ve played over the years my favorite was a slightly wide open Vandoren.
Most of their mouthpieces are of the hard rubber variety, which is actually made from a material derived from rubber called ebonite. They also make some metal mouthpieces as well, but not nearly as many as the hard rubber models.
Vandoren saxophone mouthpieces are sized by the categories close, medium, open, and very open with numbers to correspond to these categories.
Below is a Vandoren mouthpiece sizing chart. As you can see, a mouthpiece with a medium tip opening is the A5 and A6. The A stands for Alto. You can get an A55 for example and also a T55, the T stands for Tenor.
Vandoren mouthpiece sizing chart
Vandoren Saxophone Mouthpieces come in 4 different models:
- Jumbo Java
Vandoren V5 are available in several styles to suit classical and jazz musicians and students. They feature a flat baffle, small round bore, normal and jazz chambers.
The V16 is the newest model from Vandoren. This mouthpiece was made in the tradition of the famous American jazz Alto saxophone mouthpieces of the 1950′s.
The Java mouthpiece is Recommended for use with Java or V16 reeds. These are more for jazz, blues and rock style playing and are similar in concept to metal mouthpieces but are made from ebonite.
The Jumbo Java has a small chamber, high baffle and a big bore for a big sound and edgy tone comparable to metal mouthpieces make these the the hottest ebonite mouthpieces in this line. Recommended for use with Java or V16 reeds and are great for any kind of music from blues to jazz.
The metal V16 is designed for jazz players and comes in several sizes:
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