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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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The reed is very good. There are a few bad reeds in the box. but that is common with reeds.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This reed gives the quality of sound that I need for my band perfomances at an affordable price
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.
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.
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 brought these reeds to perform Weber before thousands of people. V12 has definitely earned my trust!
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