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As fellow clarinettists, here at Dawkes we understand how important it is to find the right reed for your mouthpiece. 

Musicians often end up purchasing box after box of reeds that not only are the wrong strength, but also of the wrong style for their mouthpiece. These unsuccessful attempts result in wasting both time and money, along with causing unnecessary frustration for the player.    

To combat these issues, we have designed a variety of reed selection packs, each pack containing six reeds specifically tailored to suit your particular mouthpiece. For a modest price, you have the opportunity to try a selected assortment of reeds…and hopefully find your optimum set-up! 

There will always be a good player who contradicts our advice, but our pairing of reeds and mouthpieces is done on a design basis, not formed on opinion but facts. The USA Cut Reed Selection Packs include reeds with thick tips and thin hearts and will suit mouthpieces with a American style facing which has a flatter curve towards the tip.

Which Mouthpieces Will These Reeds Suit?

The USA Cut Reed Selection Packs are suitable for the following: 

  • Yamaha 4C, 5C and 6C mouthpieces. 
  • Weinberg Prime, Zeus and Heritage mouthpieces. 
  • Vandoren M15, M13, M13 Lyre, CL4, CL6 and BD4, BD5, BD7, Backun Vocalise mouthpieces. 
  • Rico Reserve 100 and 110 mouthpieces.  

What's In a Pack?

USA Cut Reed Selection Packs (sold by strength) include a varied selection of 6 reeds from the following*:

SOFT: Vandoren V21 in 2.5, Vandoren 56 Rue Lepic in 2.5, Gonzalez FOF in 2.25 and Rico Reserve in 2.5. 

MEDIUM: Vandoren V21 in 3, Vandoren 56 Rue Lepic in 3, Gonzalez FOF in 2.5 and Rico Reserve in 3. 

HARD: Vandoren V21 in 3.5, Vandoren 56 Rue Lepic in 3.5, Gonzalez FOF in 3.25 and Rico Reserve 3.5.

* PLEASE NOTE Contents may vary depending on stock levels, we are unable to swap reeds after delivery.

The chart below can be used as a reference as to which strength selection pack you may wish to order based on your current reed choice.


If your current mouthpiece and/or reed choice doesn’t fit within these parameters, please call us on 01628 630800 so we can create a custom made pack for you.

Need Help with this item?

Our specialist trained staff are able to help you. Please contact us or call us on 01628 630800

Clarinet Reed Selection Pack - USA Cut Reviews

Anonymous review via Feefo  -  2023-01-04

Good to try different reeds before you buy a complete box.

Anonymous review via Feefo  -  2021-04-15

This was very useful, to have an assorted pack of reeds selected to suit the type of mouthpiece I use. It meant I could try different ones without having to order a whole box. I loved the Gonzalez brand and wouldn\'t have thought of ordering them otherwise.

Anonymous review via Feefo  -  2016-06-23

I had a hard time finding the right reed for my clarinet and chose this selection pack. Found the perfect reed!

Anonymous review via Feefo  -  2015-12-24

I have played on Vandoren original reeds for years. This is a very good way of seeing what else is available nowadays.

Anonymous review via Feefo  -  2015-09-16

I received a trial pack for reeds chosen for my mouth piece - so far tried one out of the 5, lovely reed :)

Why Buy from Dawkes Music?

Dawkes Music & Windcraft Ltd are a globally recognised UK based Music Industry company that have expert staff who specialise in products, performance, teaching and repairing in the brass and woodwind sector.

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