The Vandoren V16 Alto Saxophone Reed was launched in 1993 to answer the demand of some American jazz musicians (a Java with even more wood). The V16 has a thicker tip than the traditional Vandoren reeds and a longer palette. Sound: more brilliant more percussive particularly well adapted to all the new styles of music. V16 reeds have a medium-thick heart (more than Java but less than Traditionals) with a profile designed for producing a strong attack with a deep rich sound. Please refer to the PDF below for more information. Picture is for reference only.
The Story of Vandoren Cane There are many important factors to consider when growing cane: the specific qualities of our soil hygrometry the climate a generous sun the wind which brings the cane to life not to mention the experience and know-how of the people that grow it with passion. It takes no less than four long years of care and attention to bring cane to the point where it can bear the prestigious name of Vandoren. Cane is grown from rhisomes. In the first year the cane reaches its final size and diameter. At the end of the second year after gaining its body and strength it is ready for harvesting. The cane is delicately cut with shears designed to avoid bursting the fibers; it is cut by hand in the tradition of the old journeyman carpenters. The harvest is carried out while the moon is descending when the sap is utterly still. It is then stripped cut into 6 foot sticks and put out in the sun to take on that golden colour that sometimes leaves brown marks. The cane is bundled and sent to Vandorens protected and ventilated warehouse to dry for another two years before manufacture begins. Once the cane is ready for manufacture the first cut is made. This first cut produces the rough shapes in preparation for transformation into reeds. These rough shapes are beveled to an accuracy in the order of 1/100 mm on the basis of a model created by Bernard Van Doren whose knowledge passed along for three generations makes it possible to combine an endless number of lines and curves. Mr. Van Doren gives this little piece of cane a soul which one day will be able to express itself with the musicians talent. Every cane has its own character with which the strength of the reeds is determined. No piece of cane can be identical due to the nature of this natural product. After the final inspection by trained craftsmen the reed is stamped with its strength receives the Vandoren logo and is placed in a protective cover ready to be packaged. Now the reeds are ready for musicians. Vandoren has professionals from all over the world play-test their reeds to insure that each reed meets with Vandorens high standards. Vandoren Woodwind-Brass-Strings 1CTC
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Vandoren V16 Alto Saxophone Reeds Strength 2.0 (10 Pack)