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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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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.
These reeds helped me improve my tone a great deal. The sound is pure and round and simply beautiful. They usually respond well the first time and last a long time. NOTE: I had poor results when I first switched, so instead of buying my usual 3.5, I bought a box of size 4, which worked much better. So if the first box doesn't work for you, I would recommend at least trying to slightly boost the strength of your reed.
I thought these were great at first because so many out of the box worked for me, but after breaking them in the sound is not as consistent as with v12s. If you need reeds on the spot to get the job done, go for these, but if you want reliability stick with v12s.
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.
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.
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!)
These reeds are very good. although they sometimes need a little work, such as sanding the back for imperfections, they are still far superior to almost any reeds I have ever used. Although they don't break in as fast as the v-12's, they last longer w/ more consistency in my experience. Although pricey at retail price, when bought here definitely worth the extra money.
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.
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.
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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