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The new Vandoren VK synthetic clarinet reeds are mode of a newly designed material and are offered in a different numbering system to standard cane reeds due to the precision in strength that can be achieved. 

What are the VK reeds?

The Vandoren VK clarinet reeds are made of a specially developed (and patented) composite material. Vandoren have spent 7 years researching, finessing and perfecting the material structure and production. Importantly, the composite material does not seek to imitate the structure of a cane reed, rather it reproduces the essential physical characteristics of a cane reed to offer the same behaviour acoustically.

The Strength System explained

There are six Vandoren VK strengths available at launch, all of which fall between 2.5-3.5 in the traditional cane reed strength. The VK numbering system correspond to sixths of cane reed strength.

VK StrengthTraditional Reed Strength
603 ½ (medium)
553 ½ (soft)
503 (hard)
453 (medium)
403 (soft)
352 ½ (hard)

Key features and benefits

  • The material is moisture resistant, rot-proof, does not warp when dried and is saliva resistant
  • The VK reeds last considerably longer than a standard cane reed with a high level of consistency
  • Best performance is ensured when dried off and then stored flat
  • These reeds can perform straight out of the packet with no moistening or other preparation
  • The VK material is washable and can be disinfected with alcohol or any food compliant disinfectant
  • Consistency of performance is a major positive for the VK reeds
  • They offer a clean, crisp and responsive articulation and assured stability
  • Made in France by Vandoren | Fully recyclable

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