v16 metal vs jody jazz classical hr/Answer
I have both so I think I can give you an honest opinion.
The V16 is the finest mpc I have played. Frankly, the only other one I can say I keep going back to is the Metal Beechler which does as good a job but without some of the depth.
As for the Vandoren, Their Metal V16 has all the versatility you will need.
Forget any that are "higher" priced, and valued like the Barone/Guaradala/etc.. The V16 is Quite underrated.
If I had a choice again, I would pick it over all others.
As for the JJ, I have the JJ ESP, which I find it plays well, but doesn't have quite the snap or brightness of the V16.
As I said, my first choice is that one, and my second is the Beechler Metal.
On the alto, I happen to be using the JJ ESP also, which does the job well, but if I see a deal on a V16 or Beechler, I will switch as well.
Hope that helps...