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A NEW SPECIES OF REED. VENN signals a new era in woodwinds innovation, combining a synthetic reed's stability with the sound and feel of natural cane. We reverse-engineered cane itself, layering polymer fibers with resin and reed particles to make the blank. The result? VENN outlasts and outperforms—all while playing and sounding like natural cane. 



clarinet VENN ASR

VENN Clarinet Reeds provide previously unimaginable consistency, stability, and longevity. The brilliant design blends the sonic excellence of an organic reed with the resilience of a synthetic, giving clarinetists a superior playing experience.

B Clarinet
Strength Chart


saxophone VENN ASR

VENN Saxophone Reeds were developed by the industry's most revered engineers. By layering different strengths of polymer fiber with resin and organic elements, VENN can outlast and outperform virtually any saxophone reed.

Alto Saxophone
Tenor Saxophone
Strength Chart

Natural Cane, Replicated by Engineers

"In 2014, I challenged our Woodwinds team to create the first synthetic reed to duplicate the properties and playing characteristics of natural cane. After numerous years and thousands of hours, we accomplished the task by creating a material matrix of co-polymers, longitudinal fibers, and real cane elements that have the physical and sonic properties of real cane."

- JIM D'ADDARIO, Chief Innovation Officer/Chairman of the Board at D'Addario



VENN is the most advanced synthetic reed ever created and you could be one of the very first players to experience its sonic beauty. Of course, when you create something this new and innovative, there are unique characteristics that may feel strange or unfamiliar. No worries.
That's why we prepared the following FAQs.

  • Can the VENN reeds be filed, sanded or otherwise modified?

    We encourage you to experience VENN as designed before sanding or attempting modifications. However, VENN can successfully be sanded at the musician’s discretion. While typical cane reed modifications may be helpful for VENN, musicians should anticipate differences in how the reed responds to changes made by hand.

  • What are VENN reeds made of?

    To mimic the organic structure of cane, we reverse-engineered cane itself, layering different strengths of polymer fibers with food grade resin and organic reed elements to make up the reed blank. The result? VENN outperforms anything else like it – all while sounding and playing like your favorite cane reed.

  • Do I use VENN like a cane reed?

    VENN is used just like your cane reed although requires no break in period and does not need to be moistened before use. We do advise experimenting with the position of the reed on the table of your mouthpiece for achieving optimal playability and response. Over time, fibers may break through the resin matrix—at that time, we recommend replacing your VENN reed.

  • Can VENN be cleaned and disinfected?

    VENN reeds can be cleaned with appropriately diluted alcohol-based cleaners or mild soap and room-temperature water. They should be wiped from the heel towards the tip of the reed using a paper towel or non-abrasive cloth.

    Although VENN reeds can be cleaned and disinfected, we recommend that players do not share reeds.

  • How do I properly use and care for VENN?

    VENN is designed to work out of the box without the care and maintenance needed for cane reeds and is resistant to adverse environments. However, the tip of the reed is still delicate and should be carefully handled. To best protect VENN, we recommend storing it in a reed holder or case such as our RVCASE04 Multi-Reed Storage Case.

  • How do VENN Reed strengths compare?

    VENN reeds strengths are similar to the premium cane reed strengths you are familiar with (Reserve, Select Jazz, Vandoren). We highly recommend visiting the strength comparison charts for your voice before choosing your VENN reed strength. Note that the range of resistance VENN features will change depending on the size of your mouthpiece model and tip opening, and the positioning of the tip of the VENN reed on the tip rail of your mouthpiece.

  • How long do VENN reeds last?

    With proper care for the tip of the reed, VENN is designed to provide roughly 3-6 months of playing. While priced comparably to a box of ten conventional reeds, VENN will outlast them, giving a player up to three boxes worth of playing time.

  • I’m starting to see a few tiny fibers on the side of VENN. Is this a concern?

    Over time, tiny fibers may fray slightly on the side of VENN. This is normal, not harmful, and does not affect the performance of the reed. If you find this bothersome, any loose fibers can be carefully clipped away with scissors. Take care to not clip the reed itself and do not pull on the fibers.

  • Tips for reed selection.

    VENN does not soften over time like cane. We recommend trying the strength on the comparison chart and the next softest strength.

    We recommend VENN strength 2.0 or 2.5 for Jazz players who use "open" or more resistant mouthpiece facings.

  • What can I do if I didn't find the perfect strength of VENN?

    D'Addario Woodwinds will ship you a FREE alternate strength of VENN with your proof of purchase through the VENN Alternate Strength Program. Click here to fill out the form.