Vandoren Alto Saxophone Mouthpieces


Mouthpiece tip opening
Narrow to wide
Vandoren V5 ▼A15A17A28A27A20A25A35A45A55
Vandoren Optimum ▼AL3AL4AL5
Vandoren JAVA & Jumbo JAVA ▼A35A45A55A75
Vandoren V16 ▼A5A6A7A8A9
Selmer S80C*C**DEFGHIJK
Selmer S90170180190
Meyer3-456789101112
Otto Link4-55*66*77*88*99*
Berg Larsen65707580859095100105110
Bobby DukoffD4D5D6D7D8D9D10
Jazz
Mixed
Classical
Mouthpiece Structure

Tip opening: the distance between the reed tip and the end of the mouthpiece. Measured at the tip, typically described as narrow (small), medium or open (large).
Facing: the various dimensions that together are the platform upon which the reed vibrates.
Facing length: the distance over which the reed flexes during vibration, typically described as short, medium or long.
Baffle: the area just behind the reed tip that exerts control upon the airstream, typically described as high (accentuating upper partials in the sound) or low (bringing out lower partials).
Chamber: the space behind the baffle where the sound develops, typically described as small, medium or large.
Throat: the transition between the chamber and the bore.
Bore: the area within the mouthpiece leading into the instrument itself.
Beak: the angle of the 'top' of the mouthpiece and the resting position for the upper teeth. The angle of the beak varies between different manufacturers and a player may feel more comfortable with a higher or lower angle of the beak. For B♭ Clarinet, Vandoren offer a choice.

Mouthpiece Opening

V5

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TIP OPENING (MM) 1.52
FACING Short
WHAT WE THINK...
The A17 V5 is the noteworthy heir of the A27, it combines intonation and response with richness of sound and maximum dynamic range in all registers.
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TIP OPENING (MM) 1.63+
FACING Medium Short
WHAT WE THINK...
The A28 V5 produces an astoundingly pure tone. It has an evenness of sound in all registers from the low notes to the high.
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TIP OPENING (MM) 1.65
FACING Medium Short
WHAT WE THINK...
The A27 V5 is designed for playing soft reeds with optimum tone colour, especially in extended top range.
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TIP OPENING (MM) 1.76
FACING Medium Long
WHAT WE THINK...
The V5 A15 is easy to play. Often recommended by educators for students of classical music.
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TIP OPENING (MM) 1.86
FACING Medium Long
WHAT WE THINK...
The V5 A20 is especially designed to offer the musician the possibility of playing softer reeds without sacrificing sound quality.
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TIP OPENING (MM) 1.86
FACING Medium Long
WHAT WE THINK...
The V5 A25 has a wider tip opening than the A15 but produces the same quality sound.
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V5 Jazz

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TIP OPENING (MM) 2.06
FACING Medium Long
WHAT WE THINK...
The A35 V5 mouthpiece is excellent for classical music and jazz, both big band and section work.
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TIP OPENING (MM) 2.2
FACING Medium Long
WHAT WE THINK...
The A45 V5 Jazz A45 has the same great qualities as the A35 but is a little more open. An ideal mouthpiece for bebop.
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TIP OPENING (MM) 2.47
FACING Long
WHAT WE THINK...
The A55 V5 Jazz is the most open V5 mouthpiece - its sound and colour are shaped by the player.
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Optimum

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TIP OPENING (MM) 1.52
FACING Medium Long
WHAT WE THINK...
The Optimum AL3 mouthpiece is a great mouthpiece. It serves the soloist's need for control, beautiful warm sound and accuracy.
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TIP OPENING (MM) 1.63+
FACING Medium Short
WHAT WE THINK...
The AL4 Optimum is based on the popular A27 from the V5 series; it has a more open design and is better suited to professionals or serious, upper-level students.
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TIP OPENING (MM) 1.68
FACING Medium Long
WHAT WE THINK...
The AL5 Optimum has a rich, warm sound and easy control with a slightly larger tip opening so that it will work well with mid-strength reeds.
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V16

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TIP OPENING (MM) 1.88
FACING Medium Long
CHAMBER Small
WHAT WE THINK...
Styled after famous American ebonite mouthpieces the Vandoren V16 ebonite range has all the projection and power with exceptional manufacturing consistency, fine tuning characteristics and a choice of chambers. Choose the small chamber for the most edge and the medium chamber for a fuller and more centered sound.
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TIP OPENING (MM) 1.88
FACING Medium Long
CHAMBER Medium
WHAT WE THINK...
Styled after famous American ebonite mouthpieces the Vandoren V16 ebonite range has all the projection and power with exceptional manufacturing consistency, fine tuning characteristics and a choice of chambers. Choose the small chamber for the most edge and the medium chamber for a fuller and more centered sound.
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TIP OPENING (MM) 2.25
FACING Medium Long
CHAMBER Medium
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JAVA

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TIP OPENING (MM) 2.06
FACING Medium Long
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TIP OPENING (MM) 2.47
FACING Long
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TIP OPENING (MM) 2.6
FACING Long
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JUMBO JAVA

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TIP OPENING (MM) 2.06
FACING Medium Long
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TIP OPENING (MM) 2.2
FACING Medium Long
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TIP OPENING (MM) 2.6
FACING Long
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