This is a Vandoren V16 A5M that I bought from Dave Valdez in Portland. Dave had Brian Powell reface the mouthpiece to a .080 and put a very long facing curve on it (23mm) that matched a Slant Link that has been Dave’s main piece forever. The reason I bought this piece was because I heard a bootleg recording of Dave playing in some club and he had a killer alto sound and style. Dave and I went to Berklee together back in the ’80’s. I like this piece a lot!!
It’s a little bright but has a nice fat sound to it. The longer facing curve makes the sound fatter and bigger. I also believes it adds to how expressive you can be with the mouthpiece since any slight variation in your embouchure will move the reed much more than on a shorter facing curve. Brian Powell told me that a 23mm facing curve for alto is really long and not a typical curve that players like. I like it though. It’s plays very different than other alto mouthpieces I have played. Check it out!