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Vandoren 56 Rue Lepic Bb Clarinet Reeds56 Rue Lepic is the address where Vandoren reeds were first produced and as such is widely regarded as the home of reed innovation. Designed from thicker cane, the 56 emits a rich, centered and extremely pure sound while providing maximum stability in all registers. Its quick response ensures precision in the most difficult passages without sacrificing the extraordinary round and warm sound.Precision is extended to the new numbering system that offers a more specific range of strengths in each box for consistent performance. The 56 Rue Lepic comes in humidity balanced factory fresh packaging so all reeds play as though you toured the Paris factory and selected them by hand at 56 Rue Lepic.
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For a long time I had known about the 56 Rue Lepic reeds but never wanted to try them because in traditional stores they're so much more expensive than traditional reeds or V12 reeds. The price here is right though so I tried them and now I'll never go back. For a concert setting, they're spectacular and allow for the best tone and incredibly clear articulation. Granted, I wouldn't use one for marching band (I'm a member of the Michigan Marching Band) outside of a concert performance setting. I'd never risk breaking one on the field. They just work to well! They make a great reed for experienced players looking to get just a little bit more. If you're debating, give them a try. I doubt you'll be disappointed.
I started playing on these reeds at the beginning of this new year because my professor was forcing me to switch off of my beloved Mitchell Lurie's. I was really irritated but the first reed I pulled out of the box sounded great and I immediately hopped on the Vandoren bandwagon. These reeds are made so well and play so consistently. I may have been resistant about switching at first but I couldn't be happier with the results.
The RuLepic is a fine reed, and though I always sound beautiful when I play :) it is much easier to play beautiful when you have such a great reed to work with. I find that more of the box has reeds that are useable, just be careful that you don't use a reed too long or else the sound degrades, but that is just like any other reed. You can use the RuLepic reeds longer, if you don't damage them, and they really d o help you produce a more precise sound.
I used V12's for a while and switched to Vandoren Selects. I found no difference in quallity of the best V12 compared to the Selects, except that the Selects, had more usable reeds in the box.
The 56 Rue Lepic were a whole different ball game.
Not only were they more consistant from reed to reed, but the entire box played.
The biggest difference was in strengths. I find the energy expended for 2.5 reeds much less than 3.0 reeds. The trade off is measued in hours of play. I get tired out faster using 3.0 reeds. The people who use 4's must have lungs of steel, :)
The problem with the 2.5 is that they make B flat, (A#) sound like I'm playing a kazoo, instead of a clarinet. For certain types of music, that's OK.
Whereas the 3.0 make less of a mockery of playing B flat. I usuall try to avoid B flat or re-write the music to avoid playing a lot of B flats in a song. ( Hard to do with Hymns!)
The only reeds I use are the 56 and the v12s. The 56 have amazing sound and I consistently find many great, useable reeds in each box. Spend the extra money and buy these reeds, or learn to make your own.
This reed really is the finest out there! It improves one's tone dramatically, even on a cheap plastic clarinet. The tone becomes suddenly fuller, vibrant, woody, and "sweet", like a clarinet should be. The altissimo register even sounds good. A great buy!!!
Every musician faces the time of transition between the high school and the college level. Along my journey to finding the perfect reed to perform in college, I came across the Rues. These reeds are most definitely some of Vandoren's greatest work! The tone is very consistent along with that durability found in Vandoren's reeds. The only drawback to these reeds is the fact that they do become rather unstable after a lot of playing, but what reed doesn't! Definitely an excellent choice for the advancing clarinetist.
These reeds are fantastic!!!! The sound is superb, and they are not at all hard to play or at all sqeaky. My clarinet sounds rich and very sweet in the upper registers. I would recomend these to any serious musician!!!!
I absolutely love this reed. It improved my tone a great deal when I began using them.
And I also have found less "bad" reeds within a box than I do with other kinds and brands of reeds.
They are usually pretty easy to break in, and last a decent amount of time compared to other reeds I have used.
I would definitely recomment this to any player.
I was skeptic of claims online about it being a rounder sounding reed that the v12's. Out of the box, the v12's won in responsiveness+tone. But as I gradually, and patiently broke them in, I found these to be much warmer than the v12's. I have not yet decided if these are better than the v12's, I'd like to see what and how they sound like in an auditorium. From what I can gather in my home, I found these to more effective within harder walls, where I am able to receive a fuller feedback of what I am playing. The v12's sounded better in a room that doesn't reverberate as much. Based on my taste, not everyone is the same, I like the Rue Lepics. I just found a rival to the v12's.
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