VENN Advanced Synthetic Reed – A New Species of Reed

Finding the perfect reed

Woodwind players know how important it is to find the right reed. And even when you’ve found your preferred brand and strength, if you’re using natural cane reeds, you know that every reed you pull out of the box will play just a little different … sound just a little different. And you also know how amazing it feels when you find THE REED that is just perfect, but knowing that you can’t keep that reed for more than a couple of weeks at the most, depending on how much you play.



Cane vs. synthetic reeds

In your quest to find the perfect reed, perhaps you’ve tried some of the synthetic reeds on the market. For years, manufacturers of synthetic reeds, which are made of composite materials that are designed and manufactured to imitate the quality and sound of cane reeds, have tried to make them sound as close to natural reed as possible. Synthetic reeds certainly come with a lot of benefits – they’re consistent, impervious to temperature and humidity changes, there’s no breaking-in period and a single synthetic reed lasts much longer than a cane reed.

However, most players still prefer the sound, response and playability of cane reeds and feel there is nothing quite like the “real” thing. Some players simply can’t find their sound with a synthetic reed.

Until now …

Introducing the VENN Advanced Synthetic Reed by D'Addario Woodwinds

Developed by the respected engineers at D’Addario Woodwinds, VENN is a true innovation in the woodwind accessory market. The manufacturer has successfully combined the stability and longevity of a synthetic reed with the sound and feel of natural cane.

How did D’Addario do this? They set out to mimic the organic structure of cane, so they reverse-engineered the cane itself, by layering different strengths of polymer fibers with resin and organic reed elements to make up the reed blank. After much experimentation, the resulting reed outperforms anything else like it. And the best part … it sounds and plays like your favorite cane reed.

What is VENN made of?

The engineers created a material matrix of polymers, fibers and real cane elements that have the physical and sonic properties of real cane, but the longevity and durability of a synthetic. Here’s what goes into a VENN reed:

Resin – a combination of food-grade resin and cane particles make it resistant to adverse elements that quickly break down natural cane reeds

Cane particles – natural cane particles allow VENN to mimic cane, giving it a warmer, natural sound

Polymer fibers – unique polymer fibers give VENN natural flexibility, for response and articulation like a cane reed

What instruments are VENN reeds available for?

VENN advanced synthetic reeds are available for Bb clarinet, alto saxophone and tenor saxophone.

What strength VENN reed should I use?

When choosing your strength of VENN reed, consider the strength of your favorite cane reed. Since VENN reeds are engineered to behave like cane and actually include cane elements, choosing a strength similar to your cane reed of choice will provide a seamless playing experience.


VENN Saxophone Comparison Chart

VENN Clarinet Comparison Chart

The full line of voices and strengths are available for you to shop now!

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Learn more about how to choose the right reed for you with our single reed buying guide.

If you’re looking for advice and assistance shopping for reeds or other woodwind accessories, our music experts are available to understand your needs and your budget. Call us at 800.348.5003. Educators can take advantage of our best educator pricing by shopping on the Educator Website or calling our school music experts at 800.346.4448.

For sanitary reasons, reeds are not eligible for return.