Vandoren V16 T75 Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece

This is a tenor mouthpiece I picked up at a music store a year or two ago.  I use to own one about 8 years ago and it was one of my favorite mouthpieces so when I saw this one I grabbed it.  Vandoren makes some of the best most consistent pieces out there.   This mouthpiece plays a bit like an Otto Link but with more power and focus to the sound.  I usually find that most mouthpieces  sound much better when I play into a wall.  I think it’s because they have a spread fat sound and it gets diffused in the room. So when you play facing a wall the sound bounces directly back at you.

When I play them into a wall the bounce back sound is very focused and centered and I love it.  The thing with these Vandorens is that I don’t notice that as much.  The sound I hear when I play into an open room is pretty close to the sound I’m hearing when I play into a wall.  I think it’s due to the squeezed chamber really focusing and centering the sound.  It can’t be too much more focused by playing into a wall it already is.  Also, I notice that these mouthpieces usually sound great in a mic. I remember listening to recording of myself and always being happy with the sound from the V16 metal piece. It would just cut right through and be so clear in the monitors.

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Steve Neff has been playing and teaching saxophone and jazz improvisation around the New England area for the last 30 years. He is the author of many effective jazz improvisation methods as well as founding the popular jazz video lesson site


  1. Avatar Giuseppe says

    Ma il Vandoren V 75 is 0.075 tip opening?

  2. Avatar Mike Totoro says

    I am always fascinated by these mouthpiece reviews. As most of us are, I too continually search for the HOLY GRAIL of mouthpieces. I have used, a metal LINK for years, then went onto a custom Johann Gerber hard rubber, later an Adam Drake rubber son of slant, tried the GIAIA metal. All setup on a tenor Mark VI. Presently, replaying the DRAKE….and like it….But still the HOLY GRAIL thing!!!! Last summer I purchase a CANNONBALL STONE PRO SERIES TENOR. In the case is this Vandoren HARD RUBBER. Looks like there is a colon after the T75. Have you played this piece? If so, what do you think? Looking forward to your view.
    Mike Totoro

  3. Mike, I have obviously heard of the Vandoren T75 but I am not sure what that “colon” is? That doesn’t ring a bell as something I have seen. Steve

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