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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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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.
Clarinet is not my main instrument. I have never really considered myself a professional clarinet player, just because I have done very few gigs and concerts on clarinet for large audiences. I am also not very knowledgeable about clarinet products; I just knew that Vandoren is a brand that I have trusted for a long time. I was tired of using a bad mouthpiece and the traditional reeds (which were responsive but made my sound horrible) so I asked some friends. They said the v12's were good. They were right. These reeds produce a lively sound for all kinds of music. I use them with a Vandoren B45 dot mouthpiece and I can use this combination for all kinds of music, including jazz. Definitely the BEST reeds out there.
I brought these reeds to perform Weber before thousands of people. V12 has definitely earned my trust!
These reeds play well out of the box with a little bit of manipulation. Each box contains at least a few good reeds. Priced at over $50 a box at many music stores, these are comparatively cheap!!!
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.
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.
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.
Good quality box of reeds, it is the only kind I use. If you are looking for a great reed, you just can't beat the Vandoren V16.
I just got a box of these reeds to compare with the traditional Vandorens and I?m glad I did! I'm playing on a B45 mouthpiece and a Buffet R13 and #4 V12's and I can get a pretty rich and dark sound. Comparing them the V12's had a noticeably darker richer sound; this comes from the thicker heel and heart of the reed. This for me has also helped altissimo notes become slightly more clear and easy to articulate. These are my new reeds! I strongly recommend them.
Vandoren, hands down, has the best reeds I've ever played on, and I've played on quite a few different reeds, Vandoren and other brands alike. V12 gives me the sound every clarinetist craves to have.
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