Vandoren reeds are the most widely played reeds in the world with a superiority proven over the years, these reeds suit all styles of music. But with the addition of so many different cuts and styles, it can be difficult choosing which is right for you.
Developed in 1983 for jazz and popular music. A thicker tip and a more flexible palette than the Traditional reed allow vibration over a larger surface area with maximum elasticity. This type of vertebral column gives the musician much greater playing flexibility, as the resultant elasticity zone is very large. JAVA reeds are more flexible than Traditionals and V16s and vibrate on a long palette, creating a bright sound with immediate response.
The driving force behind the JAVA “Filed – Red Cut” design was to offer more sonic possibilities to musicians while keeping the qualities of the original Java. More flexible than its elder version, with a little more tonal body, the JAVA “Filed – Red Cut” offers a full, rich, centered sound and excellent projection with an extremely precise attack. A relative of the JAVA reed family, the JAVA “Filed – Red Cut” is the first file cut Vandoren reed for jazz and popular music. It also benefits from a completely new design.
Launched in 1993 to answer the demand of some American jazz musicians (a JAVA with even more wood). The V16 has a thicker tip than the traditional Vandoren reeds and a longer palette. Sound: more brilliant, more percussive, particularly well adapted to all the new styles of music. V16 reeds have a medium-thick heart (more than JAVA but less than Traditionals), with a profile designed for producing a strong attack with a deep, rich sound.
Developed in 2002, the ZZ jazz reed is immediately responsive without sacrificing the brightness or tone quality required for this syle of music. The unique relationship between the heart and tip provides extraordinary color, great response and a durable life. ZZ reeds combine the medium-thick heart, spine, and rounded tip of the V16 with the flexible palette design of the JAVA, giving the player a rich, colorful sound with quick response.
We also now carry the Vandoren ‘Jazz Mix Card’ to try out each and every one of these jazz reeds to find the one for you without breaking the bank. The card includes a reed comparison chart and is available in various strengths.