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  • 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 outlasts and outperforms anything else like it – all while sounding and playing like your favorite cane reed.

  • How long do VENN reeds last?

    VENN Reeds are designed to last up to 3-6 months when properly used and cared for.

  • 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 taking extra care in correctly positioning the reed on your mouthpiece for optimal playability and response.

  • 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. To best protect VENN, we recommend storing it in a case such as our RVCASE04 Multi-Reed Storage Case.

  • Can VENN be cleaned and disinfected?

    VENN reeds can be cleaned with appropriately diluted alcohol-based cleaners or mild soap and lukewarm water. They should be wiped from the heel towards the tip of the reed using a paper towel or non-abrasive cloth. Avoid using microfiber cloths on the reed, as they may catch and pull fibers from the resin matrix.

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

  • 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.

  • Can I remove the film on the bottom of the reed?

    No. Do not remove the film on the bottom of VENN. The film is designed to protect the reed from damage and it does not affect the performance or sound of the reed. Removing the film voids the warranty and eligibility to participate in the VENN Strength Exchange Program.

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

    While VENN contains natural cane elements, it is not designed be filed, sanded or otherwise modified. This voids the warranty and eligibility to participate in the VENN Strength Exchange Program.


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"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