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Vandoren V12 Bb Clarinet Reeds  Strength 3.5+ Box of 10

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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 clarineti...Click To Read More About This Product

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  • Strength 2.5 Box of 10

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A clarinet reed designed for the advanced player.

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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VandorenV12 Bb Clarinet Reeds
 
4.5

(based on 50 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (34)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

No Pros

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Wow.

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...Read complete review

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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Con

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....Read complete review

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.

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5.0

Great product, great service

By 

from Delaware, Ohio

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Vandoren V12 Bb Clarinet Reeds:

    Easy to use website

     
    3.0

    Reeds

    By 

    from Mpls, MN

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Functional

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Vandoren V12 Bb Clarinet Reeds:

    OK reeds but should have started with a 2 instead of a 2 1/2.

     
    4.0

    Have played on these reeds for 20 years!

    By 

    from East Coast

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Vandoren V12 Bb Clarinet Reeds:

      it is only reed that I use.

       
      4.0

      Best reed for me!

      By 

      from Montara CA

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Can hit upper register consistently

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Vandoren V12 Bb Clarinet Reeds:

          This reed was recommended to me by a professional clarinet player. I am an intermediate student and have struggled with consistency of the upper register. When I switched to the V12 reeds I had much more success with the high notes--all of a sudden they just popped out! The fact that there are still several reeds in a box that are not playable is just the nature of the natural bamboo reed, I believe. Other brands often have even fewer playable reeds. So I am very pleased with the playability and tone of this reed.

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          • No
           
          4.0

          Very good

          By 

          from Mesa AZ

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Vandoren V12 Bb Clarinet Reeds:

          Reeds are of good quality and are long-lasting.

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          • No
           
          5.0

          Plays well - Stays well

          By 

          from Springboro, Ohio

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Playing Life
          • Good Response
          • Good Tone Quality

          Cons

          • Sometimes A Little Stiff

          Best Uses

          • Concert Band
          • Small Ensemble

          Comments about Vandoren V12 Bb Clarinet Reeds:

          Some years ago I was searching for a better and more workable clarinet reed than the one I was currently using. The V12 reeds caught my eye and I tried them. I was looking for a reed that had a reasonable playing life and a good sound which did not deteriorate through playing. The V12 reeds fit the pattern and I have been using now for a good many years. I also found that the number of "good, playable reeds" per box was greater than I was accustomed to seeing with my previous brands.

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          • No

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Good reeds

          By 

          from D.C.

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Vandoren V12 Bb Clarinet Reeds:

          Just what we needed

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes
           
          5.0

          VanDoren reeds are superior

          By 

          from San Francisco

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Vandoren V12 Bb Clarinet Reeds:

          not every natural wood reed is suitable for playing but VanDoren consistently has more good reeds in a package than other reeds I have tried.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Either Awesome or Terrible

          By 

          from Spokane, WA

          Pros

          • Don't Wear Out Quickly
          • Wonderful Sound

          Cons

          • Inconsistent Quality

          Best Uses

            Comments about Vandoren V12 Bb Clarinet Reeds:

            These reeds are great when you find a good one, but I've noticed that they are fairly inconsistent. A few of the reeds in the box will be easy to play and good sounding, but unfortunately, a lot of them are not satisfactory.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            1.0

            Didn't like these at all!

            By 

            from Ohio

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Vandoren V12 Bb Clarinet Reeds:

            I wanted to try these to see if they changed my tone or improved my sound in any way. There were hardly any playable reeds in the box. I'm really sorry that I took a chance with these. I will need to re-order my usual VanDorens when my playing season comes around again.

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