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A clarinet reed designed for the advanced player.

Vandoren V12 Bb Clarinet Reeds
V12 reeds have a thicker tip and longer pallet that results in a deeper, richer sound with body to the attack. This cut is a favorite among clarinetists world-wide. It is designed for the advanced clarinetist, and recommended for long-facing mouthpieces such as the 5RVLyre and B45. It is known for its precise attack, homogenous timbre in every register, controllability in the high register, and overall warm and velvety sound.

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"Reliable and consistent quality"

by D. Reedman - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Pre-schoool -> Post-school wind ensemble repertoire USA
12 people out of 14 found this review helpful

After 2 years of experimentation with other brands of reeds, I have returned to the V-12's with a sigh of relief. They play out of the box with very little break-in and you are sure to find some outstanding reeds in every box. My Vandoren M30 mouthpiece, Vandoren Masters ligature, and Vandoren V12's is a winning combination for solo and ensemble playing. Local music store prices for the V12's are painful, so the wwbw is a good source.

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"OK. Definatley not the best in the World"

by Andrés Mejía - 9/20/2009 8:48:03 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Advanced Student Marching and Concert Band, Orchestra East Longmeadow, MA
0 people out of 1 found this review helpful

I've played on many types of clarinet reeds, but all of the Vandorens stuck out as being bad. The V12's were the worst when taking into account the price. From a box of 10, I had an average of 4 working reeds. The rest were playable, however they needed filing, refining, et. al. Compared to a Rico Grand Concert Select or a GCS Evolution, the V12's tone was very poor. One would expect a nice, mellow, dark tone from these reeds, but they provide a bright, almost uncomfortable tone. In closing, the Vandoren V12s are an OK reed for a student graduating from a Rico classic or a Vandoren Traditional, but for those players who are much more advanced, these reeds are not recomended.

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"Only two good reeds in my box!"

by Macie - 7/24/2014 1:02:05 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Hobbyist Anything Somerset Kentucky

I bought a box a couple months ago and almost everyone I pulled out was a bad reed. There were only a couple worth playing on that felt good. I'm not sure if it was just my box or what but I won't be purchasing these again.

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"Great reeds for the classical player!"

by Courtney - 6/2/2011 12:53:24 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
active, hobbyist Classical, concert band, swing, jazz, marches Laketon
3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

The V-12s are worth every penny you spend on them! They are amazing reeds. I've been using these for years and have never had a complaint. They are consistent and reliable. They last a very long time, too. They don't take long to break in and, if necessary, you can play on a new one for a concert in an emergency. They tend to be a little stiffer than other brands, so I would buy a couple of sample reeds (if possible) to find the hardness you like! I play on these for general concert band music and solo work, however, for swing / big band music, I will use a lower strength. They have a beautiful tone that is dark and full. These reeds are a perfect for pairing with a Rovner ligature.

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by Beth Hildenbrand - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Professional Clarinet Player Chicago, IL
89 people out of 93 found this review helpful

I have played on the regular Vandoren reeds (3) for many years, and I always had a lot of trouble breaking the reeds in. I heard that the V12 reeds were outstanding for a lot of people, and I bought a package of them to see what they were like. Never in my entire life have I had an entire box of reeds be great reeds! I've seen 3 or 4 at the most be decent out of regular Vandoren reeds. I heard that these were a thicker cut of reed, and I bought the 2 1/2s. The tone of these reeds is astounding; the regular vandorens have a horribly bright sound compared to the V12s. The V12s have a beautiful dark tone, and they play very easily. I recommend these reeds to any clarinet player; professional or student. They are a little expensive, but for what they bring with them, they are really at a fantastic price.

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by Dominic Penzone - 1/24/2011 1:04:39 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
highschool band any Phoenix, AZ

Theese reeds are the perfect reed, they sound great right out of the box. They sound better than the traditional vandorens and they last longer to. These are the only reeds that I play on for marching and concerts.

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"great value for the quality"

by A Self - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
High school and college band band, jazz, dixie New Jersey
4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

This reed gives the quality of sound that I need for my band perfomances at an affordable price

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"Good alternate from the "Blue Box" Reed"

by jazzrapper - 1/22/2014 5:42:34 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Teacher Musical Theater Mesa, Az
0 people out of 1 found this review helpful

Compared to the standard "blue box" Van Doren reed, the V12 is a little easier to blow. So, if you find yourself blowing too hard with a blue-box #3, try the V12 #3 and it will be easier. I use a Selmer S80-115 mouthpiece (open), and the V12 #2.5 is good except for high register, #3 is better.

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by David - 12/5/2012 10:52:59 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
college band, music major chamber, solo, symphonic CA
4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Since most people wrote pros about this reeds, so maybe I should write my experience of these reeds. These reeds are good they sound very rich, round, dark, and has great control. BUT the thing is, it's very hard to find good ones most of the time. The reed box I purchased recently, only 3 of them were satisfactory, and rest were just for "practice" purpose. Also, I bought 3.5 reeds, but for me they worn out easily.. maybe last less than 9 days.. i tried size 4, and 4 1/2, they both are really thick, so maybe it ll be useful if you rub it properly with the sand paper. Hope my review helped.

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"Best Reeds Available!"

by AW - 1/10/2011 9:27:40 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Teacher/Clarinet Player Classical/Contemporary Evansville, IN
2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

After years of playing Vandoren Traditionals, I grew tired of only finding 2-3 good reeds in a box and having to spend hours adjusting the other ones, sometimes to no avail. I experimented with several other brands (Olivieri, Gonzalez, Zonda, to name a few), I finally tried these. I was blown away! They are so easy to break in, play easily, help give me that beautiful clarinet tone that everyone wants, and no more frustration with buying a box with only 2 good reeds in it. The only downside is that if you don't break them in properly, they tend to collapse pretty quickly. Other than that, these are the best reeds you can buy.

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