Thomas Walsh Comparing the V16 Tenor Metal Chambers

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Thomas Walsh Comparing the V16 Metal Tenor Chambers


Let's talk about these Vandoren metal mouthpieces. These now come in the small, medium, and large chamber; I'm having a good time trying these out! This one's a medium chamber, it says "50s" on it. To me, it reminds me a little bit of the John Coltrane or Dexter Gordon kind of sound. 

The small chamber has got a little bit more immediate response to it and lighter sound. The large chamber, which is labeled "40s," has a bigger sound that is a little more along the lines of a Ben Webster kind of mouthpiece. 

Here's a little bit of "In a Mellow Tone" on the small chamber mothpiece: 


(1:16) *saxophone playing*


Now, here it is on the medium chamber mouthpiece, the 50s: 


(1:37) *saxophone playing*


Now here's Mellow Tone on the large chamber mouthpiece: 


(1:56) *saxophone playing*


So for me the small chamber is a more focused sound, more immediate delivery. The medium chamber has a nice projecting sound with a little bit of edge. The large chamber has a warmer sound, a bigger feel to it, and a little mellower. So, three chambers, three different styles. 


Tenor Sax V16 Metal

V16 - Metal

The metal V16 tenor mouthpiece is made with the legendary “Bell Metal” brass, then plated with 24-karat gold. They are available in 3 chamber sizes and 5 different tip openings*. 

Small chamber: The original V16 model relabeled as the small chamber. A centered sound with a lot of projection.
Medium chamber: Inspired by the famous mouthpieces from the 50's and 60's. A round and deep sound.
Large chamber: In the tradition of the 40's. The great vintage sound.

*Metal V16 mouthpieces require specific Optimum ligature (LC080P)

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