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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 been using the V12 for several years with my Selmer 10G Clarinet, alternating between a Vandoren 5JB and a Crystal Polmarico mouthpiece. Strength 2.5. They work just fine. I've tried just about every reed there is and these are the best for me. Every time I read about reeds, I am reminded that I once saw Sidney Bechet carve a reed out of a wooden cigar box top and then play two sets with it as he had run out of manufactured reeds. It may just be that Reeds, Mouthpieces, Clarinet Brands, preferences etc., are largely in our minds.
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.
These teresa are simply the best. They produce a very nice tone and are pretty responsive. However it can very hard to find good reeds. Most of the time you will get around 2-4 good reeds in a box of 10. However when you find them, they make the most beautiful clarinet slums and makes you want to play forever!!
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 was using these reeds for a long time, but after trying Gonzalez F.O.F. reeds, I made a permanent switch. These Vandoren reeds are far superior to all of the Rico reeds, but still lack a full sound when playing loudly. Also, only 2 or 3 reeds in a box play well. For me, the Gonzalez F.O.F. reeds are much more consistent and have a better value for the price.
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.
I can always count on my V12 reeds to be great. Nearly every one of them has such warmth to its tone and needs very little breaking in. I think this is a great reed for any clarinetist that just wants to improve his tone. It seems that I can even have a reed broken in the night before a performance and still be fine the next day.
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.
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.
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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