VK1 Synthetic Reed by Vandoren

VK1 Synthetic Reed by Vandoren

VK is a synthetic reed made of a composite material specially developed by Vandoren.

It is the result of 7 years of research.

This composite material does not imitate the structure of the reed.

It reproduces the essential physical characteristics of the reed to obtain the same acoustic behavior.

The VK reeds comply with the toy standard, chemical part, EU Directive 2009/48/EC, Annex II – Part III.
The material is also hypoallergenic.


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The VK reed is completely new, both in terms of the material of which it is made and the method of obtaining the material, and is covered by an international patent.

The VK reed, and the material of which it is made, are produced in France in Bormes-Les-Mimosas.

These reeds are 100% recyclable.

There are six Vandoren VK strengths available.

All strengths fall between 2.5-3.5 traditional reed strength.

The VK strengths correspond to subdivisions by thirds of the usual half strengths

The VK reeds strengths corresponds to sixths of cane reed strength

The VK reed is currently only available for Clarinet.

There are 4 advantages for the Vandoren VK reed to know:

Stability: The material is moisture resistant, rot-proof, does not warp when dried and is saliva resistant.

Durability: The VK performs considerably longer than cane reeds with a high level of consistency.  The VK reed should be stored on a flat surface.  We recommend the use of a flat surface reed holder (not a standard reed holder).

Ease of Use: The reeds can be used directly out of the packaging, without any preparation.  The material is washable and can be disinfected with alcohol or with and food compliant disinfectant.

Consistency: Unparalleled consistency resulting in reliable strength, sound, articulation, projection and high note stability.


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