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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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First, the 56RL seems about 1/2 strength softer than V12. (The reed chart indicates only slight difference.) So "order up". While this is a bright and responsive reed with pure intonation, I find it is not as warm and full as others I generally use. A little thin-sounding on highest notes. Not what I want for most of what I play, but at times may be useful (think: Overture to Candide, for instance). The playability and consistency of reeds in the box are quite good.
I just recently started using the 56's. They are amazing! The response is superb, and high notes come out beautifully. My clarinet professor greatly approves! I use number 3's on a Vandoren M13 mouthpiece with a Bois Classique ligature on a Leblanc (by Backun) Cadenza. I would highly recommend these reeds.
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.
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!!!
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.
My teacher told me about these reeds and they are my fav's. I'm one of the better musicians at my school and these reeds are the reason why. Their incredible intonation and tone has amazed my friends and directors. Rock on Rue Lepics!!!
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.
I live in New Mexico, so the lack of humidity in my area may affect my opinions on reeds...I've been playing on the V12s for many years now, and after finding that there are less good reeds in a box, I decided to try something else. So I tried these, and found that a good 56 is better than a good V12, though harder to come across. With some fixing, these reeds can be great, but don't expect to open the box and find that they all play well.
I play on a patricola and a buffet and these reeds are some of the best for projection. I prefer something a bit brighter for solo and band but for orchestra they are great.
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!)
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