Vandoren 56 Rue Lepic Bb Clarinet Reeds  

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A reed designed for the demanding performer.

56 Rue Lepic — the home of Vandoren — has long been the Mecca of reed innovation. Designed from thicker cane, the 56 emits a rich, centered and extremely pure sound while providing maximum stability in all registers. Its quick response ensures precision in the most difficult passages without sacrificing the extraordinary round and warm sound. Precision is extended to the new numbering system that offers a more specific range of strengths in each box for consistent performance.

The 56 Rue Lepic comes in humidity balanced factory fresh packaging so all reeds play as if you selected them in Paris at 56 Rue Lepic.

Features
  • Designed from thicker cane
  • Rich, centered, and extremely pure sound
  • Maximum stability in all registers
  • Quick response
  • Extraordinarily round and warm sound
  • Shipped in humidity-balanced packaging
  • Thickness at the tip: 0.0043" (.11mm)

The ultimate reed for all styles and situations, designed by a legendary reed house. Order now.

 

56 Rue Lepic Bb Clarinet Reeds Specifications:

  • Thickness at the heel: 3.25 mm (0.128 inch)
  • Thickness at the tip: .11 mm (0.0043 inch)
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Vandoren56 Rue Lepic Bb Clarinet Reeds
 
4.9

(based on 38 reviews)

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5.0

Great for Jumpin' Jivin' an' Wailin'

By Bum Nugget III

from Whetever, Cansis

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Pros

  • Awesome Tone Unless You
  • Dark Tone
  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound
  • Jazzy Tone
  • Makes You Sound Pro
  • Plays Great All Octaves
  • Sickening Tone
  • Smooth Tone
  • Squeak
  • Wailable

Cons

  • Sometimes Inconsistent
  • Within The Box

Best Uses

  • Backup
  • Concert Band
  • Concerts
  • Jazz Band
  • Jazz Combo
  • Jiving
  • Jumping
  • Marching Band
  • Most Of All Wailing
  • Practicing
  • Whatever You Feel Like

Comments about Vandoren 56 Rue Lepic Bb Clarinet Reeds:

These reeds have been probably the best reeds that I've used so far. They give me a rich, dark, yet happy tone that allows me to make all kinds of music. I usually jazz it up with these Rue Lepics, but they really work well for concert band as well. One of my favorite things to do on the ol' clarinet is to Wail it away. These dang 56's help me out SO much while wailing. It is pretty dang exciting. Not to brag, but I out play all of the other clarinet players in my band and I think that it is because of these handy dandy reeds. These reeds help me match the professional tone that everyone wants. So buy them and you'll be happier with your tone. Have a great afternoon, evening, night, morning or day. See you later.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good, Reliable Reed

By BuffetRC

from Undisclosed

Comments about Vandoren 56 Rue Lepic Bb Clarinet Reeds:

I use B45 mouthpiece. I tried V12 but the needs were not strong enough to hold my embousure.
This Rue Leptic is much more reliable and strong in center to hold up my embousure.
Good reeds.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent tone, consistent

By Julian Brezon

from Baltimore, MD

Comments about Vandoren 56 Rue Lepic Bb Clarinet Reeds:

Thickness of these reeds lends a fantastic consistency along with the dark, rich tone. I'm a saxophonist, doubling on clarinet, and I feel much more comfortable with these reeds than with the blue box. The extra six dollars is worth it. Visibly thicker below the heart.

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(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Holy Cow!!! Best Reeds

By Scott--ZNCd

from New York

Comments about Vandoren 56 Rue Lepic Bb Clarinet Reeds:

Holy cow. I have tried reed upon reed upon reed, for the last 10 years, and have had no luck in satisfying my finicky taste in reed selection. I started when I was 8 using the rico reeds my school provided. When I switched to the rico-royals, I started getting picky. Over the years I switched to the vandoren blue box, to Mitchell Luri's, back to the blue box, to the Grand Concert Selects, back to the blue box, then to the white box, then to the blue box "select", then to the Vandoren V12, and up untill now, I have stuck with the V12s. I am really really picky with reeds, and I can never find a satisfying one. Whenever I play a gig, or even at a rehearsal, I have my selmer case with 12 reeds in it, (none of which I ever like), several boxes of semi tested reeds, and my huge tin of random reeds. I can never play on the same reed for more than ten minutes for one reason or another. After hearing alot about them I finally decided to try the 56's. I had thought that they were just regular reeds in a fancy box. The first reed out of the box played amazing. I though, wow maybe it was just a lucky good reed, and then I tried the other nine, and found them all amazing (with the exception of one that was to stiff for me)!! I figured that vandoren had found a way to make the reeds play well in their early age! I usually have to spend days breaking in a reed, and then eventually end up not liking it. I have reeds that are three years old that I still play on for certain licks! I had to do almost no break in period at all for these. It's been almost three weeks since I tried them, and they still play amazing. They have great response and tone throughout all registers, and I have yet to find one waterlogged (even after soking them, which produces a different yet similar sound). These reeds are just plain amazing! I was also realy glad that vandoren decided to add a 3.5+ size reed. For me, a 3.5 gets to soft to fast, and I can't seem to find a 4 with enough "play" in it. the 3.5+ was a great medium. All in all, there is nothing bad I can say about these reeds. Yes, they are all that they are worked up to be! I just got another box, and I'm placing an order for two more! They are a bit more expensive, but are totally worth it. If the blue box was a 35 out of 50, and the V12's were a 40 out of 50 on the reed scale, these are at least a 45, and totally worth it! Major props to you vandoren guys!

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(9 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Best Constistant Reed And Every One of Them Plays

By Ernest Gregoire

from St. Petersburg Florida, USA

Comments about Vandoren 56 Rue Lepic Bb Clarinet Reeds:

I used V12's for a while and switched to Vandoren Selects. I found no difference in quallity of the best V12 compared to the Selects, except that the Selects, had more usable reeds in the box. The 56 Rue Lepic were a whole different ball game. Not only were they more consistant from reed to reed, but the entire box played.The biggest difference was in strengths. I find the energy expended for 2.5 reeds much less than 3.0 reeds. The trade off is measued in hours of play. I get tired out faster using 3.0 reeds. The people who use 4's must have lungs of steel, :)The problem with the 2.5 is that they make B flat, (G#) sound like I'm playing a kazoo, instead of a clarinet. For certain types of music, that's OK.Whereas the 3.0 make less of a mockery of playing B flat. I usuall try to avoid B flat or re-write the music to avoid playing a lot of B flats in a song. ( Hard to do with Hymns!)

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(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Best Constistant Reed And Every One of Them Plays

By Ernest Gregoire

from St. Petersburg Florida, USA

Comments about Vandoren 56 Rue Lepic Bb Clarinet Reeds:

I used V12's for a while and switched to Vandoren Selects. I found no difference in quallity of the best V12 compared to the Selects, except that the Selects, had more usable reeds in the box. The 56 Rue Lepic were a whole different ball game. Not only were they more consistant from reed to reed, but the entire box played.The biggest difference was in strengths. I find the energy expended for 2.5 reeds much less than 3.0 reeds. The trade off is measued in hours of play. I get tired out faster using 3.0 reeds. The people who use 4's must have lungs of steel, :)The problem with the 2.5 is that they make B flat, (A#) sound like I'm playing a kazoo, instead of a clarinet. For certain types of music, that's OK.Whereas the 3.0 make less of a mockery of playing B flat. I usuall try to avoid B flat or re-write the music to avoid playing a lot of B flats in a song. ( Hard to do with Hymns!) {i hope this fixes the G# typo}

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(4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Best Constistant Reed And Every One of Them Plays

By Ernest Gregoire

from St. Petersburg Florida, USA

Comments about Vandoren 56 Rue Lepic Bb Clarinet Reeds:

I used V12's for a while and switched to Vandoren Selects. I found no difference in quallity of the best V12 compared to the Selects, except that the Selects, had more usable reeds in the box. The 56 Rue Lepic were a whole different ball game. Not only were they more consistant from reed to reed, but the entire box played. The biggest difference was in strengths. I find the energy expended for 2.5 reeds much less than 3.0 reeds. The trade off is measued in hours of play. I get tired out faster using 3.0 reeds. The people who use 4's must have lungs of steel, :)The problem with the 2.5 is that they make B flat, (G#) sound like I'm playing a kazoo, instead of a clarinet. For certain types of music, that's OK.Whereas the 3.0 make less of a mockery of playing B flat. I usuall try to avoid B flat or re-write the music to avoid playing a lot of B flats in a song. ( Hard to do with Hymns!)

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Remarkable consistency throughout registers.

Comments about Vandoren 56 Rue Lepic Bb Clarinet Reeds:

I wasn't surprised to see that the product description mentions maximum stability in all registers. It was the first thing I noticed.These reeds are a little harder than others, and I sometimes find myself unusually tired after playing for more than 2 hours, but it's well worth the effort. Tone is excellent, and I am really enjoying not having to adjust my embouchure in each register.

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(75 of 129 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good, for an american cut

By Walnut S. Mathews

from Wellington, CO

Comments about Vandoren 56 Rue Lepic Bb Clarinet Reeds:

These reeds are really very unique, considering that I haven't gotten a bad one out of the box that I ordered. There is only one minor problem in my book: They're American filed reeds. They simply have a flatter heart than most French filed reeds, and therefore have a somewhat tinny sound in my opinion. The sound I get from these is actually very good, and that is because of the thicker cane, but to be honest, I don't like the sound of an american filed reed. If you happen to do a lot of jazz/swing playing, buy these reeds, because they're much better suited to jazz styles. I found Vandoren's description to be slightly misleading on this product, simply because they give some people (like me) the impression that they are French filed reeds for classical styles rather than american cut reeds. Again, this is still a very good reed, although it is a little pricey, and for those of you looking for a specific reed for a specific style, this is the reed to use.

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(159 of 234 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Tone Quality

By Elliott-3NIAR

from Southern California

Comments about Vandoren 56 Rue Lepic Bb Clarinet Reeds:

Although I just received these reeds earlier this week, I can already tell how great my tone quality is while playing these. I played 3 1/2 blue box, and switched to size 4 56 rue lepics. A size 4 rue lepic plays like a 3.75 blue box reed would. The difference in price is between the two is well worth it.

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