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The Vandoren V16 metal tenor mouthpiece.

In 1995, woodwind super company, Vandoren Paris released a metal tenor mouthpiece that was meant to fill a gap in the market for a great playing, straight-ahead style piece. They called it the V16 and was made from "the legendary 'Bell Metal" brass and then 24 karat gold plated. It came in 5 openings and proudly boasted a "dark, expressive sound [that] produces all of the harmonics with ease". This seemed like a godsend in an era of some of the most poorly finished Otto Link 'Super Tone Masters' ever produced and the only well finished commercially available pieces were Guardalas. Straight ahead players simply had to either make do, or hunt down vintage gear in an era before the Internet

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