Reeds are a contentious subject among woodwind players, and everybody has their favorite brand, cut and style. That said, if you were to ask a room full of saxophonists and clarinetists to raise their hands if they use Vandoren reeds, you would definitely see a lot of hands in the air. It's no surprise that Vandoren is one of the top names in reeds, since they've been at it since 1905 and that's given them lots of time to develop and fine tune their standard reeds, as well as introducing new specialty varieties from time to time, providing specialized performance for musicians in all kinds of different genres and styles.
Nearly all of Vandoren's reeds are top sellers, and finding the best one for your needs is a matter of taste. If you like a standard reed, then you'll want to start your search with basic types like the Vandoren Traditional Bb Clarinet Reeds and Vandoren Alto Saxophone Reeds or, if you use a revised mouthpiece design, the Vandoren Black Master Traditional Bb Clarinet Reeds and Vandoren White Master Traditional Bb Clarinet Reeds. Options for the more adventurous include the file cut Java Red reeds and the ZZ series reeds, both styles made especially for jazz players. Want a deeper, richer sound without going jazz specific? If so, be sure not to miss the V12 reeds. Or, to make your tone loud and percussive for pop and rock, check out the V16s.
These are just a few examples of what Vandoren reeds have to offer, and there are even more styles where those came from. Not sure where to begin? Try a sampler like the Vandoren Alto Saxophone Jazz Reed Sample Pack to test a few of them out for yourself. And if you want to keep your new Vandoren reeds in great shape for as long as possible, it might be a good idea to consider some accessories as well, such as the Vandoren Glass Reed Resurfacer and Reed Stick. It goes without saying that Vandoren is all about reeds, so from the reeds themselves to the supplies you need to resurface and trim them, you can find all the essentials right here.