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Description
From the home of reed making comes the pinnacle of clarinet sound.
  • Designed from thicker cane
    Rich, centered, and extremely pure sound
    Maximum stability in all registers
    Quick response
    Extraordinarily round and warm sound
    Shipped in humidity-balanced packaging
    Thickness at the tip: 0.0043" (.11mm)
    Thickness at the heel: 0.128" (3.25mm)

Vandoren 56 Rue Lepic Bb Clarinet Reeds
56 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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  • Heel thickness: 3.25 mm (.128")
    Tip thickness: .11 mm (.0043")

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"Best reeds ever"


by Humbert Sin - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
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Principle Clarinet of Bloor West Village Concert Band, St. Michael's College School Symphonic Band Clarinet, Violin, Oboe Canada

The 56 Rue Lepic emits the most beautiful sound a clarinet can make. It is perfectly balanced between sound and articulation clarity. I would recommend the 3.5 thickness for the reed.

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"Pleasant Surprise!"


by Heather - 5/25/2012 10:17:49 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Music Major Manhattan, KS
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

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.

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"Amazing"


by Cassie - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
New York
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

I am in love with these reeds, I have been using them for about three years and I will never switch to any other reed. These reeds give a gorgeous sound and in the box there are usually 7-9 good reeds. I highly recommend these reeds to any advanced student or higher.

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"Excellent Reed that Really Improves Tone!!!"


by Brandon - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Classical, Jazz, Popular California
8 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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!!!

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"Five stars"


by Gally - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
conservatory trained classical US
15 people out of 15 found this review helpful

These reeds are fantastic. Although they are pricey, they are worth it for the consistency out of the box. The "factory fresh" claim is valid; hopefully, Vandoren will follow up with this kind of treatment for all of their reeds. The cut of the reed (no filing or first cut) mskers for greatrer resiliency, and they play more like a great handmade reed.

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"excellent!!!"


by Ryder - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
High school principle clarinetist classical San Antonio
4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

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.

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"AWESOME!!!"


by luke - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
5 yrs soft melodic Knoxville
1 person out of 11 found this review helpful

These reeds are awesome!!! I?ve been playing the b flat clarinet for 5yrs and I have a terrible Selmer clarinet but these Rue Lepics 3.5, 3.5+ and 4 sizes are great!!!

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"Warm and Lush"


by Dalton - 11/4/2011 3:13:21 PM  Share
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Advancing Student Anything :) Boise Idaho
3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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. Cheers.

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"Great Step-Up Reed"


by JWhitson - 9/12/2009 12:52:56 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Band Director Classical, Jazz Knoxville, TN
1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

I wanted a reed that was slightly thicker than my current reed (3.5 V12) but still had a consistent stock within the box. Having used Vandoren for years, I selected the 56 Rue Lepic and fell in love. This is a great product that gives you the clarity of every Vandoren but is slightly thicker to make the transition easier.

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"Mixed blessings"


by Steven Samuel - 7/23/2012 4:04:53 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
61 y/o hobbyist classical, contemporary wind ensemble Yardley, PA
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

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.

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I haven't played my clarinet for about 50 years. I would like to play it again but I'm worried that when I pick it up again I'll get nothing but squeaks and squawks. A friend has recommended 56 Rue La Pic reeds but what strength reed would you recommend?
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