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Vandoren 56 Rue Lepic Bb Clarinet Reeds

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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 thi...Click To Read More About This Product

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From the home of reed making comes the pinnacle of clarinet sound.

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.

FEATURES
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)

The ultimate reed for all styles and situations, designed by a legendary reed house. Order now.

SPECIFICATIONS
Heel thickness: 3.25 mm (.128")
Tip thickness: .11 mm (.0043")
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Vandoren56 Rue Lepic Bb Clarinet Reeds
 
4.8

(based on 34 reviews)

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    (3)

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Not as good as V12

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...Read complete review

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.

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Mixed blessings

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...Read complete review

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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5.0

I would buy the product again

By 

from Santa Clara Ca.

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Comments about Vandoren 56 Rue Lepic Bb Clarinet Reeds:

Great vandoren reeds 56 rue Lepic has the best of great sound and response. O f cours , it has to fit your mouthpiece, horn response and other factors. Lyle

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5.0

I am very pleased with product and service.

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from Long Island, NY

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  • Functional
  • Good Quality

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      Comments about Vandoren 56 Rue Lepic Bb Clarinet Reeds:

      Excellent reeds

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Reeds

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      from Sacramento Ca

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Vandoren 56 Rue Lepic Bb Clarinet Reeds:

        Great reeds. I have used Vandorens for more than 50 years and I think that these are the best that I have personally used. Many can be used with without lots of "woodworking" right out of the box. You can just play - I like them better than the V12'as because the sound is much sweeter in the altissimo range, very mellow in the chaumeau range and the articulation is more responsive. Everyone is different and ligaturei and mouthpieces are also variable - but all things being equal for me - I love them.

         
        4.0

        Seems OK but still testing

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        from Highland Park, Illinois

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional

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          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Vandoren 56 Rue Lepic Bb Clarinet Reeds:

          I am using them to determine how they compare with my Mitchell Lurie reeds

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          BEST CLARINET REEDS!!!!

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          from Cypress, TX

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          Comments about Vandoren 56 Rue Lepic Bb Clarinet Reeds:

          These reeds are great and they are also a great buy.

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          3.0

          #$ Rue Lepic OK but not excellent

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          from Berkeley Cal.

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          Comments about Vandoren 56 Rue Lepic Bb Clarinet Reeds:

          #4 Rue Lepic reeds per box have 3 or 4 good ones. #4 is strength needed of high notes. I have had one chipped reed sealed in foil per box that was chipped in the last two boxes.

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          5.0

          Love these reeds

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          from Houston, TX

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          Comments about Vandoren 56 Rue Lepic Bb Clarinet Reeds:

          I think these may be the best reeds I've ever used on my Rico Reserve clarinet mouthpiece.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Simply the best reeds

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          from Armed Forces Europe

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          Comments about Vandoren 56 Rue Lepic Bb Clarinet Reeds:

          The extra thickness of these reeds brings out a more beautiful, resonant tone from your horn. I always choose these, and recommend these to all of my friends, beginner-advanced.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great!

          By 

          from Maine

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          Comments about Vandoren 56 Rue Lepic Bb Clarinet Reeds:

          We must know that every reed fits each player differently. I was suggested to try these reeds by my private teacher and I am greatly impressed with the sound I got out of it! Very centered, the use of the thicker cane is great and helps all around. Though these reeds may not work for you, you should at least give them a try at least once in your life!

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Amazing

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          from pittsburgh, pa

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          Comments about Vandoren 56 Rue Lepic Bb Clarinet Reeds:

          this reed amazing it is super responsive and allows you to reach the higher notes with ease while improving your tone

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