Vandoren V16 reeds were 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.
Strengths: 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5, 4.
Supplied in boxes of 10.