This is the new Vandoren V16 A7S. This was my main piece for a year or two when I first started playing alto again about 8 years ago. This mouthpiece has a bright powerful sound to it. Nice big full sound with some edge. It has what I would consider a small chamber. the smaller chambers makes the air shoot through faster and gives it a brighter and louder sound. In this recording it peaks the mic limit a few times because it’s a lot louder. I recorded this with the mic on medium. The Freddie Gregory piece was on low. Vandoren is one of the best and most reliable mouthpiece companies out there. Everytime I play one of their mouthpieces I am blown away by their quality and consistency.
Steve Neff has been playing and teaching saxophone and jazz improvisation around the New England area for over 30 years. He is the author of many best selling jazz improvisation methods as well as founding the popular jazz video lesson site Neffmusic.com.