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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

Clarinet

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

Saxophone

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 FAQs

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.

  • 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.

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

    While VENN contains natural cane elements, it is not designed to be filed, sanded or otherwise modified and may impact the performance or durability of the reed.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • How do VENN Reed strengths compare?

    VENN reeds tend to run slightly harder than premium cane reeds and other synthetic options that are available. 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?

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