Vandoren Soprano Saxophone Mouthpieces


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Vandoren V5 ▼S27S15S25S35
Vandoren Optimum ▼SL3SL4SL5
Vandoren V16 ▼S6S7S8
Selmer S80C*C**DEFGHIJ
Selmer Super SessionEFGHIJ
Otto Link55*66*77*88*9
Meyer5678
Bari58606264666870
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) 1.11
FACING Medium
WHAT WE THINK...
The S27 mouthpiece has been designed for playing with optimum tone colour throughout the compass of the instrument. Recommended for classical saxophone study.
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TIP OPENING (MM) 1.23
FACING Short
WHAT WE THINK...
The S15 mouthpiece is recommended for classical music.
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TIP OPENING (MM) 1.53
FACING Short
WHAT WE THINK...
The S25 mouthpiece is suitable for both classical and dance music. Designed to use softer reeds than the S15 with equal sound emission facilities.
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V5 Jazz

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TIP OPENING (MM) 1.82
FACING Medium Long
WHAT WE THINK...
The S35 mouthpiece has a very open tip and long facing. The V5 Jazz mouthpiece.
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Optimum

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TIP OPENING (MM) 1.14
FACING Medium Long
WHAT WE THINK...
The Optimum SL3 mouthpiece is a very easy playing and round sounding classical mouthpiece. Of interest to all – student through professional. Best suited to stronger reeds.
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TIP OPENING (MM) 1.23
FACING Short
WHAT WE THINK...
The Optimum SL4 mouthpiece plays with a slightly more open sound, excellent for professionals & serious upper level students. Best suited to mid-strength and stronger reeds.
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TIP OPENING (MM) 1.25
FACING Short
WHAT WE THINK...
A more open tip opening than the SL4. This mouthpiece retains a warm quality but is well suited to soft to mid-strength reeds.
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V16

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TIP OPENING (MM) 1.58+
FACING Medium Long
WHAT WE THINK...
The S6 V16 is a very comfortable mouthpiece; it has great blowing power and easy articulation.
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TIP OPENING (MM) 1.72
FACING Medium Long
WHAT WE THINK...
The S7 V16 creates a perfect balance of ease of emission and richness of sound.
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TIP OPENING (MM) 1.8
FACING Medium Long
WHAT WE THINK...
The S8 V16 plays powerfully throughout the entire range; it is an amazing mouthpiece for soloists and acoustic jazz players.
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