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Description
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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"best there is"


by belinda - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
9 years classical, jazz NY
5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

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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"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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"Rich sounding and longer lasting"


by Ed - 6/10/2010 5:22:41 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Active Sacred, Classical San Diego, CA
5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

I bought these reeds for the clarinetist in my ensemble. These reeds took him some time about a week to get used to. Results: richer tone, reeds that last longer due to a thicker cut, easier altissimo register, and more importantly, better intonation. I highly recommend these reeds.

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"Wow."


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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"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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"Great reeds"


by Clarinet Spieler - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
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I play clarinet. All genres. Bah-ston, MA
31 people out of 38 found this review helpful

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.

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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
2 people out of 4 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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"THE PERFECT REED!!!!!"


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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"Really like these..."


by Calla Whipp - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
College Sophomore Music Major Classical, Jazz Iowa
3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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!!!

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"Best reeds at any price"


by Matt Rynes - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Orchesta and Jazz bands Jazz and Big Band Baltimore
3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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.

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