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Vandoren Optimum Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece

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The conception of this series was the fruit of research on both external shape (particularly the beak) and sound, in order to meet the needs of today...Click To Read More About This Product

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An incredibly versatile sax mouthpiece.

The conception of this series was the fruit of research on both external shape (particularly the beak) and sound, in order to meet the needs of todays saxophone players. The Vandoren Tenor Saxophone Optimum Mouthpiece is designed to be more free-blowing and responsive with accurate articulation and total control at all dynamic ranges and precise intonation. This mouthpiece has the same sound qualities of the TL3 with a slightly larger tip opening.

Vandoren mouthpieces are known for their high, uniform quality-among the best of the mass produced. The Vandoren line is extensive. It covers all woodwinds and offers designs suited to a variety of playing and musical styles.


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VandorenOptimum Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece
 
5.0

(based on 8 reviews)

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5.0

Allen Dillingham from Cincinnati,OH

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from Cincinnati,Ohio

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Pros

  • Its all good in any type of music.

Cons

    Best Uses

    • I use it a lot during christian pop and jazz ect

    Comments about Vandoren Optimum Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece:

    This mouthpiece is great. The notes come right out instead of a lot of air. Has great volume and tone. The altisimo is great and strong.

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    • Yes
     
    5.0

    Very excited about new mouthpiece

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    from Southern Tier, NY

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    Comments about Vandoren Optimum Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece:

    My daughter used this mouthpiece, along with a new Legere Reeds Signature Series Tenor Saxophone Reed Strength 2.5 and Vandoren Optimum Series Saxophone Ligature, for the first time during a 4-hour pep-band session and was extremely pleased with the sound. This mouthpiece had been recommended by her professor due to her embouchure and it was an immediate hit!

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Versatile classical mouthpiece with excellent response

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    from Pittsburgh, PA

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts

      Comments about Vandoren Optimum Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece:

      Excellent classical mouthpiece which also lends itself to playing in a show and studio work.
      ZZ Vandoren #2 1/2 or 3 reeds seems to work well with this mouthpiece.
      Mouthpieces are very personal types of equipment, make sure to try before you buy. Also, compare to the TL4 because there are some subtle differences in tone and reed strength matching.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      satisfied

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      from Millersville Pa.

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      Comments about Vandoren Optimum Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece:

      Tried three gears from you and the TL4 was preferred to the TL3 and the Selmer Paris S80.
      Being able to try more than one with return of those not selected if "in same as shipped" staus is a plus. Price is competetive with other suppliers.

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Exactly what I needed ..!!!

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      from Houston Tex

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      Comments about Vandoren Optimum Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece:

      Vandoren Optimum Tenor TL3 Mouthpiece plays smooth and projects well . .Just switched over from playing Alto and needed a fresh start , , as the mouthpiece I had been using was modified and about used up ..the new Optimum fit the bill ..

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      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent mouthpiece

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      from phila pa

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      Comments about Vandoren Optimum Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece:

      The Optimum is an excellent mouthpiece for beginners and professionals. It feels good and sounds awesome. The optimum works well with various reeds but Vandoren V16 and zz work very well. 2 1/2 to 3

      (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Just buy it.

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      from Fort Worth, TX

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      Comments about Vandoren Optimum Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece:

      I ended up purchasing a TL3 after I got a TL3, TL4 and T20 on trial. The T20 was super dark. I liked it, but it was almost too covered sounding. The TL4 was really easy to play as well, but it seemed a bit bright for me and the opening had me working too hard on a Rico Reserve 3.5 and getting too much reed sound on a 3. I went with the TL3 because, quite frankly, I felt like it was cheating. I couldn't believe how easy it was to just play the saxophone with this piece on. It did it all... Tone -- unreal, buttery smooth, dark, but not stuffy. Articulation--fast, easy, just the way it should be. Reeds--I use Rico Reserve and Grand Concert Selects on this piece with great results. If you or a developing student are in the market for a new mouthpiece, you owe it to yourself to try this one.

      (48 of 50 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      TL3 - The New Classical Standard

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      from Fairfield, PA

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      Comments about Vandoren Optimum Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece:

      As a classical saxophonist, I am very picky about my sound as well as responsiveness in a mouthpiece. It needs to be reed friendly and compatible with many groups, being flexible enough to work form solo to ensemble situations. Having played many classical tenor mouthpieces, from Rascher setups to Selmer S90's, S80's (refaced and stock), the LT, and various vintage C*s, I couldn't find quite the right compromise between response, intonation comfort, and tone quality. Selmers typically were very reed picky, even refaced, and the Rascher was a challenging blow that produced a sonorous yet antiquated sound. Also, most makes besides Vandoren are incredibly inconsistant and dodgy with workmanship and finishing, so it adds another variable to your playing. I was skeptical about the TL3 but tried it based on my excellent experiences with its sister product, the AL3; I am so glad I made the jump. I have never before played a mouthpiece that is this responsive, flexible in terms of voicing, homogenous across the range, and pure and focused in tone. This, paired with a Vandoren / Rico Reserve 3.5, proves to be my "beats all" mouthpiece. Its only caveat is that it plays a little more sharp than Selmers on my horn, but this is easily fixed. As I play it more, I find I am compensating, as well. Workmanship is great, no need to reface. All in all, an excellent sounding and playing product without the inconsistency of other makes. This is the new standard of classical mouthpieces for many years to come.

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