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.
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)