V5 and V5 Jazz

Vandoren V5 series ebonite mouthpieces feature a flat baffle, small round bore, and normal and Jazz chambers. They are available in a variety of styles suitable for classical and jazz musicians as well as students.



From its characteristic shape reminiscent of vintage mouthpieces and decidedly comfortable beak design to its perfectly designed facing, rails and table, the Optimum series is designed to be more free-blowing and responsive. With accurate articulation, total control at all dynamic ranges and precise intonation, the Optimum series is the new standard-bearer for classical saxophone mouthpieces.

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’s saxophone players.



The V16 series has quickly become the new standard for Jazz. The V16 ebonite is also available for soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones.The V16 metal mouthpieces for tenor saxophone have been redesigned to evoke the rich sounds that span the history of Jazz. Available in many openings and different chambers, the new V16 metal provides a wide spectrum of sound to suit any style.

V16 ebonite : Mouthpieces inspired by the sounds of the greatest Jazz players from the fifties to the present.

  • The SOPRANO mouthpiece is available in 3 different tip openings and a single chamber.
  • The ALTO mouthpiece is available in 5 tip openings and two chambers:
    S Small chamber: Particularly focused and dynamic, ideal for lead alto.
    M Medium chamber: Warm and expressive, ideal for section playing.
  • The TENOR mouthpiece is available in 6 tip openings and a single chamber. The perfect “Vintage” mouthpiece.
  • The BARITONE mouthpiece is available in 3 tip openings. Inspired by the grand tradition of great jazz baritone tone and body.

V16 metal : The tenor mouthpiece is made with the legendary “Bell Metal” brass, then plated with 24-karat gold. These mouthpieces are available in kit with Optimum ligature and plastic cap.
S Small chamber: The original V16 model relabeled with the Small indication. A centered sound with a lot of projection.
M Medium chamber : Inspired by the famous mouthpieces from the 50's/60's. A round and deep sound.
L Large chamber : In the tradition of the 40's. The great vintage sound.

JAVA, V16 and ZZ reeds are more particularly recommended for these mouthpieces.



Java ebonite mouthpieces are suited jazz, soul, and funk. Similar in sound concept to metal mouthpieces, Java saxophone mouthpieces offer the style and comfort of ebonite. Recommended for use with Java, V16 or ZZ reeds.



The most hard-hitting mouthpiece of the line. Designed with a small chamber, a very high baffle and a large bore. Produces a powerful, aggressive tone with excellent projection, comparable to edgy metal mouthpieces.


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