The various parts that make up a clarinet are integral to the operation of the instrument. However, it's an indisputable fact that the reed, along with the mouthpiece, is the most significant aspect of the clarinet's tone. As a player blows into a clarinet, the air that strikes the tip of the reed will cause it to vibrate and produce the instrument's resulting sound. For this reason, the reed you decide upon should be chosen wisely, and a player's age and skill level should definitely be taken into consideration. Before you choose a box of reeds, there are some things to consider. For one, reeds are available in different strengths that are numbered between 1.5 and 5. The higher the number is, the harder the reed, which also means a thicker and more solid more. However, if you're purchasing reeds for a novice player, you'll probably want to go with a lower number since a softer reed will be easier to blow on in the early stages of learning the instrument.
This catalog has plenty of best-selling reed options to choose from, and the Rico Bb clarinet reeds are one of the highest rated. Made for a variety of playing situations, Rico Bb clarinet reeds are cut from their most flexible grade of cane, and have an exceptional ease of play that makes them a popular option worldwide. Another reed that's used often is the Vandoren Eb clarinet reed. Continually praised for their incredible response in all registers, the clarity and tone richness of Vandoren reeds is extremely focused, and they suit a wide array of musical styles. The reed is essential to the playability and sound quality of your clarinet. And with names like Rico and Vandoren to Rigotti, Andreas and countless others all represented here, you can have peace of mind knowing that the reeds within this section are from brands that are trusted by clarinetists from around the globe.