Since 2012 I have been endorsing vandoren mouthpieces an reeds. I ran into vandoren by accident. During a soundcheck my tenor mouthpiece (at that time an old Otto Link) fell on the floor and was damaged severely. I had to get a new one for the gig and ran to the next and only music store in that bavarian village.
I bought the only mouthpiece they had which was the Vandoren T95 metal mouthpiece which I am still playing.
Since I had no choice I bought this only available tenor mouthpiece.
This mouthpiece worked perfectly well from the first tones I played. It was very close to my needs and taste. Objective parameters like precise response, balanced behavior on the entire register, enormous dynamic range convinced me on first sight. Subjectively I felt comfortable from the first moment on. What impressed me immediately was the great range of sound possibilities, of colors, of expressive possibilities. Different from most metal mouthpieces that I know, this one does not suggest a any too specific color by itself, it rather opens a wide range of possibilities and sound personalities all between round, smooth, airy fluffy and loud hard, very focussed and directional. Almost all I can imagine is playable on this one. I love it! 🙂
In 2012 I also changed to Vandoren reeds.Vandorens concept to offer different kind of reeds of the same strength convinced me at the end to continue with vandoren reeds. This kind of helps to fit in last nuances of sound color to my personal needs and turns out as a very useful tool for the daily routine under different circumstances. I play Vandoren JZZ size 3.
My tenor is a Mark VI Sernr: 95212
My Soprano a Yamaha YSS62: