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Vandoren V12 Bb Clarinet Reeds

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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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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
 
4.4

(based on 56 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (38)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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No Pros

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (3)
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    • Experienced (3)
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    • No (11)

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

good product

By 

from Yellow Springs, OH

Verified Buyer

Comments about Vandoren V12 Bb Clarinet Reeds:

This is a softer reed than my clarinet (Selmer G10) and mouthpiece (Gigliotti #2) require to play in tune, but I have had embouchure problems following a stroke, and I am glad that Vandoren offers reeds in a range of strengths. I think their reeds have been more consistent in quality in recent years.

 
5.0

Reed for full resonant sound

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from Rowlett, Texas

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Comments about Vandoren V12 Bb Clarinet Reeds:

Many young players use Vandoren in the bark
Blue box. You get a sweet, band section sound.
For more sound the V12 responds to good
More mouthpiece and good breath support.

Service and delivery comments:

Prompt delivery.

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5.0

Great reeds!

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from Denver, CO

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Comments about Vandoren V12 Bb Clarinet Reeds:

I have tried traditional, v21, and v12 reeds. In my opinion, the v21's are too stiff, the traditional are good, and v12's are my favorite. They aren't quite as thick as v21 and aren't quite as thin as traditional, a good medium. Try them out and see how they work, different stuff works for different people!

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1.0

Industry standard

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from San Francisco Bay Area

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Comments about Vandoren V12 Bb Clarinet Reeds:

These are great reeds, and V12 clarinet reeds are the industry standard. WWBW has recently been having serious problems with their warehouse. Sadly my reeds were not delivered, and I was charged for them regardless, and I spent over an hour on the phone trying to get my money back from WWBW.

 
5.0

Great service

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from Delaware, Ohio

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Comments about Vandoren V12 Bb Clarinet Reeds:

The reeds got to us very quick and the price was great.

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4.0

Only brand of reeds I've played since middle school

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from East Lansing, MI

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

    Cons

    • Not all play straight out of the box
    • Typically .5 a strength harder than other brands

    Best Uses

      Comments about Vandoren V12 Bb Clarinet Reeds:

      Haven't played on anything besides Vandoren V12's since I was in middle school. Vandoren reeds are typically .5 a strength hard than many other brands so I'd recommend ordering half a strength down when coming from other brands. I am currently in the process of completing a Master's degree in Clarinet Performance. I play in professional orchestras, chamber music, and solo stuff as well and always on a Vandoren reed. Honestly, in all my experience, Vandoren reeds have always been requested and required by my instructors. I tend to get at least 7-8 playable reeds out of each box. I found myself always being stuck on the 3.5's being too soft and the 4's too hard. I like the 3.5+'s when I am not working reeds a lot and the 4's when I am working reeds consistently.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great product, great service

      By 

      from Delaware, Ohio

      About Me Experienced

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      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 Twin Cities

        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.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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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