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Vandoren V12 Bb Clarinet ReedsV12 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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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.
I've recently been experimenting my sound by trying out different types of reeds, and these reeds definitely help create a darker and richer sound. They're also a great help with articulation, very clean. As soon as I started warming up with these reeds, I fell in love; and as I kept playing it got even better. I can definitely say that I fell in love with these reeds one note at a time! Totally worth the price, and wether you're in high school or at a more advanced level, these reeds will definitely be a great addition to your playing.
When my clarinet teacher suggested that I buy these reeds, I thought they were expensive, but they turned out to be worth the money. These reeds produce a nice, dark sound, just the one you want for your clarinet. I particularly like them because I am a student who is always looking for ways to improve my playing and sound, which is just what these reeds did for me. I started buying these reeds about 2 years ago and they still amaze me.
The reed is very good. There are a few bad reeds in the box. but that is common with reeds.
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.
I brought these reeds to perform Weber before thousands of people. V12 has definitely earned my trust!
I tried Traditional, V12, and Rue Lepic reeds (a box of 10 of each). And found that, out of the box, V12s had the most useable reeds. After some sanding and work, this fact held true. I also came back to my reeds after a summer of humidity changes and heat that could have warped them and still there were more usable V12 reeds than the Rue Lepic and Traditional. They are more dependable and refined. Note: Vandoren likes to make the left side of the tip a little heavier though. If you have an even embouchure it might help if you thin that side a little.
These reeds have degraded so much over the last 4-5 years.This flow pack packaging is a complete piece of trash.THis thing doesn't let the reeds dry out with this flow pack thing, making the reeds become green a with low bright, sounding quality.
I really hope Vandoren gets it together.
I have been playing professionally for over two decades now. I play an R-13 with a Larry Combs (LC1) mouthpiece, the Vandoren Optimum ligature, and V-12 (size 5) reeds. These reeds require very little fixing compared to other brands, and, with proper care and maintenance, they last for a considerable amount of time. They are easy to fix and, with the use of rush and sometimes my knife, they can be manipulated into lasting for one more great performance. My private students all play on V-12 reeds -- of varying strengths. A final note, if you are not paying less than $21/box, then you are getting ripped off! WWBW has very competitive prices as do other online companies; you may just need to look outside your local music shop.
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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