Vandoren V16 Mouthpieces are inspired by the sounds of the greatest Jazz players from the fifties to the present. Java, V16 and ZZ reeds are more recommended for these mouthpieces. These mouthpieces are characterised by their clean, pure and bright tone that makes them ideal for jazz or pop playing. They are flexible and easily controllable, a signature of all Vandoren mouthpieces!
For the Alto, these mouthpieces come in two chambers, Medium (M) and Small (S+). The new S+ chamber is the next step in the evolution of the V16 alto mouthpiece. It offers a richer depth of sound while keeping the free-blowing nature and projection that characterize the V16 alto models. The S+ chamber also accommodates more air providing the musician greater flexibility and a wider array of colours with which to work. Essentially it focuses the sound due to the smaller chamber and this gives it a bright and punchy sound. Meanwhile, the M Medium chamber offers a warmer, rounder sound due to the larger chamber size. It is personal choice as to what tone colours and character the player seeks.
The S is the precursor to the S+.