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Vandoren V12 Alto Saxophone Reeds

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The V12 reeds are a departure from Vandoren's traditional design in that they have a thicker tip and a longer pallet. The result is a deeper, richer ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Different cut of reed from one of the world's most highly regarded manufacturers.

The V12 reeds are a departure from Vandoren's traditional design in that they have a thicker tip and a longer pallet. The result is a deeper, richer tone that has more body in the attack of each note's envelope. This reed is catching on rapidly with many players. If you have not yet tried the V12 reeds, it is well worth a roll of the dice to get a box. It may well become your reed of choice.


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VandorenV12 Alto Saxophone Reeds
 
4.7

(based on 12 reviews)

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The best reed for classical work

These reeds are far supreior to vandoren traditionals(I used to play them and they used to be my favorite classical reed) in every way. These reeds excell in all factors(darkness of...Read complete review

These reeds are far supreior to vandoren traditionals(I used to play them and they used to be my favorite classical reed) in every way. These reeds excell in all factors(darkness of tone, roundness of tone, cocsistency(9 out of 10 played for me), ease of articulation,richness of tone and blended range) above all other reeds.

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Consistent but Restrictive

These reeds are very consistent throughout the whole box that I bought and they all played very similarly. However, the reeds are very restrictive to play on and hinder the flexibility of the...Read complete review

These reeds are very consistent throughout the whole box that I bought and they all played very similarly. However, the reeds are very restrictive to play on and hinder the flexibility of the tone. I cannot argue for those who have been giving the reed a good rating, however, many instructors have complained about the reeds and I personally do not like them.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Favorite reeds

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from Litchfield, Michigan

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Comments about Vandoren V12 Alto Saxophone Reeds:

I have experimented with many different types of reeds in the time I have been playing and the V12 reeds are definitely my favorites. You get great sound quality with every reed. Even out of the reeds that are not good (we all know every box has that one or two reeds) you can still practice with it and be satisfied with your sound.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Excellent but not consistent

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from Cleveland, Ohio

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Comments about Vandoren V12 Alto Saxophone Reeds:

These reeds are the best I have ever used, however in a box of 10 there are only one or two reeds I can pick out and play "out of the box". The reeds that play good play good. I've been going on a reed for almost 8 months now it still plays superbly. However, for the other 8 or so reeds. They take forever to break in and they will need quite a bit of work on them before they will play well.

 
5.0

Excellent Reed

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from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

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Comments about Vandoren V12 Alto Saxophone Reeds:

As a beginner I started of on Rico Royals which is a good starter Reed. I just wanted something better so I switched to Vandoren traditionals. After years of playing the traditional I wanted to try something different and I am not disappointed in the least. I went up 1/2 size on a recommendation from my old band teacher and it was not a hard transition to get used to. The Reed feels good when you are playing and has good control when your in the upper and altisimo register.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Most Consistent Reads on the Market

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from Fullerton, CA

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Comments about Vandoren V12 Alto Saxophone Reeds:

I love these reeds! They are consistently fantastic; I easily get 8 out of 10 in a box to be great without a reed knife. I got sick of buying Vandoren Blue box 4s and 5s and cutting them down and these made it possible to stop. The tips last a long time and take a serious beating, and a good reed can last me about 2 months. I use these for my classical setup (S80 C* with a Selmer one screw lig), as well as, surprisingly enough, my jazz setup (60s Soloist opened to an E, with a Selmer one screw lig). I highly recommend these to any one looking for a great classical reed.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wonderful reeds for classical work

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from Philadelphia, PA

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Comments about Vandoren V12 Alto Saxophone Reeds:

These reeds are awesome! I came over to them from vandoren blue box reeds when I ordered myself a new classical mouthpiece, and I couldn't love them more. They are very easy to play, and produce a soft, warm, dark tone that is consistent throughout all registers of the saxophone. Low notes are controlled, but they speak. High notes can come out and can be kept down, but either way, they have that same warm tone. Fantastic reeds- I have recommended them to my friends, and would do so again without a doubt!

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Consistent but Restrictive

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from Dallas, TX

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Comments about Vandoren V12 Alto Saxophone Reeds:

These reeds are very consistent throughout the whole box that I bought and they all played very similarly. However, the reeds are very restrictive to play on and hinder the flexibility of the tone. I cannot argue for those who have been giving the reed a good rating, however, many instructors have complained about the reeds and I personally do not like them.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Absolutely Fantastic

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from Indio, CA

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Comments about Vandoren V12 Alto Saxophone Reeds:

I switched from the Vandoren Traditional (blue box) a year ago and they are AMAZING. These reeds are way more consistent than the Traditionals. You can instantly tell the difference in tone. It has a darker, warmer tone especially in those higher registers. Definitely a great buy if your looking to "upgrade your arsenal", but keep in mind that these are cut 1/2 size thicker.

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

One of the best reeds on the market

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from Rocky Mount, North Carolina

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Comments about Vandoren V12 Alto Saxophone Reeds:

This reed plays wonderfully. As soon as I opened up one and played it for the very first time, it ringed. With this reed I get a clear dark tone and precision with the combination of my vandoren optimum al4, vandoren optimum ligature, and selmer paris super action 80 series alto saxophone. This mouthpiece will change a classical player's mind about buying any rico reeds...

(10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Still a bit mixed

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from Aurora, IL

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Comments about Vandoren V12 Alto Saxophone Reeds:

I ordered these on a recommendation by a good friend of mine, and we play on the same strength reeds so I took her advice and ordered them. These reeds were so hard, I was out of breath in seconds. Really, they are not even with the blue box. About a half size thicker sounds about right. I spent a good deal of time sanding them down and they are playable, but it's definitely a hassle. I'm sure if I tried them a half-size lower, they would sound better. But heads up, you might want to order a half size down.

(20 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A good reed

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from Lexington, SC

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Comments about Vandoren V12 Alto Saxophone Reeds:

I typically play the Vandoren Blue Box reed and still do today. The V 12 cut is a good cut and more of the reeds played right out of the box. The only thing to know is that these reeds are in fact cut almost a half strength thicker as compared to their blue box counter parts. So, a strength 3 for V 12 would be roughly a 3.5 for the blue box. Only get the size 3.5 in V 12 if you have the patience to whittle the reed down to your preferences.

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