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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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"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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"Amazing Reeds!"


by Sandy Gomez - 7/24/2012 1:01:03 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
College Student Classical Los Angeles, CA
5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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.

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"Pretty good"


by Jerry - 2/15/2012 2:00:07 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Student Jazz and Classical San Jose, California
5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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.

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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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"awesome reeds"


by Dominic Penzone - 11/28/2010 4:50:08 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
high school any Phoenix, AZ
1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Ive been playing these reeds for 2 years and they are my main reeds for marching and concerts. I was really suprised in how long they lasted, 1 reed would last for about a week and a half. The only problem is that they dont come in 4/12, other than that, there great reeds.

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"The absolute BEST reeds in the world"


by anonymous - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
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professional all kinds nowhere
15 people out of 24 found this review helpful

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.

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"great value for the quality"


by A Self - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
High school and college band band, jazz, dixie New Jersey
3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

This reed gives the quality of sound that I need for my band perfomances at an affordable price

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"Tested-Best Value of Vandoren"


by Rachel - 10/23/2013 10:05:27 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
In College, Music Educator Classical Valparaiso, IN
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

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.

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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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"Good alternate from the "Blue Box" Reed"


by jazzrapper - 1/22/2014 5:42:34 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Teacher Musical Theater Mesa, Az
0 people out of 1 found this review helpful

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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