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Vandoren Clarinet Reeds – Looking For That Perfect Sound

Reed players are always looking for the perfect sound.  They have that sound in their head and they just need to go find it.  There are many factors that are in play when the musician is searching for it.  One of the most important pieces in that musical equation is the reed.  One of the most popular brands, worldwide, that players from beginner to professional rely on is Vandoren.

Vandoren is known for making a very consistent reed, so, as a player, you know that you are going to get a good reed each time you open the box.  They have quite a few different options and cuts, which makes it that much easier to find the “perfect fit.”   This week we are going to focus on the different styles of clarinet reeds that we stock and the features of them.

Vandoren Traditional This is the standard blue box.  These reeds are the most widely played reeds in the work.  They are suitable for all styles of music.  They are known for their excellent response in all registers.
Vandoren V12– These reeds are manufactured from reed tubes that have the same diameter as the cane used for Alto Sax reeds.  This causes them to have a thicker heal and are cut on a longer palette.  The longer palette means that more of the reed is vibrating which results in a deeper, richer sound.  It also has a slightly thicker tip than the Traditional cut reeds giving more body to the attack of the notes being played.

Vandoren 56 Rue Lepic– This style is designed from a thicker cane with a heel taper very similar to German Style reeds. The tone from this reed is rich and centered.   It has a pure sound  with quick response throughout all of the registers.

 Vandoren V21– This is the newest reed from Vandoren.  This reed takes the shape of the 56 Rue Lepic and the profile of the V12 and puts them together.  This combination makes all registers of the clarinet more accessible with a warm tone.  This also makes the clarinet play more responsive.  Lastly, it is the perfect reed for performances that require the player to play large interval leaps while still keeping and even and rich tone.

If you have any questions about clarinet reeds, please contact us via email or give us a call at 1-800-382-1099.


New Yamaha YCL-CSVR Clarinet


Each January we send a group to the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) show. This is a great opportunity for us to see new products and come up with new programs to help us better serve you.

This week, we wanted to focus on a new product that is really exciting for the clarinet world. Yamaha has developed a new professional clarinet, the CSVR. Yamaha has been a leader in the band and orchestra market for a long time, and they take, in many cases, years to develop, test, and release a new product. Below we have listed some of the key features and benefits and what they mean to the player.

  • It has redesigned keys that offer a comfortable and ergonomic hand placement making it easier for the player to play it longer without fatigue. The new keys also have thicker silver-plating which will make it sound darker and more resonant.
  • It also had a durable leather pad that will ensure a precise seal between pad and the tone hole. This makes it easier for a player to get a consistent sound out of the instrument with a lighter touch enabling more difficult passages to be played more quickly and with less effort.
  • The CSVR also comes with a new Custom barrel design. It causes the clarinet to have a well-balanced response and a rich, warm tone that will help elevate the progressing clarinetist’s playing.

Click on the instrument to the right for a close-up view of the instrument. >>

We have several of these on order, so if you’d like to try one, please let us know so we can contact you when they arrive.

For more information on the clarinet, give us a call at 1800-382-1099 or click the link below.

Scrubbing Bubbles


Below is an excerpt from an article we wrote when we first installed the ultrasonic cleaners in the shop.

Wow 1997! A whole brand new year and a whole brand new piece of equipment in the repair shop. A scrubbing bubbles machine! Technically known as an ultrasonic cleaner.

Over the past years, manufacturers have been forced to come up with methods of cleaning that are environmentally friendly. We have strived to become as chemical friendly in our own shop as well. Unfortunately, the safer the chemicals have become, the less effective they are at getting the grunge, grime, hot chocolate, Coke, Mountain Dew, and lime build up off/out of the instruments.

Fast forward to 2015…As it turns out we were the first ones to use ultrasonic equipment at our level. While industrial equipment had been around for years the equipment needed for our level just did not exist. After working closely with Omegasonics, a manufacturer of ultrasonic equipment in California, we have developed machines over the last 18 years that are now widely used around the world for specifically cleaning musical instruments.

In fact, in order to keep up with ourselves we have recently replaced both our floor model units with the latest developed models. In addition we also have two other table top units that we use for small parts. So we actually have four machines in use daily for cleaning of your, and our, instruments.


Why? Because they simply do a superior job and without the need of toxic chemicals. Which is good for you, us and the environment. The instrument is totally submerged in a liquid solution and the “scubbing bubbles” go to work on every square inch inside and out. No longer concerned about getting cleaning brushes stuck inside or wondering if you got “it” all.

So the next time you might have your instrument “cleaned” elsewhere you should ask "What process do you use?"

The video above shows the ultrasonic cleaner in action. Pay attention to the red grime coming off of both the bell and the valve casings.

Upgrade Your Student’s Instrument For The Perfect Gift

Are you still looking for that perfect gift for the musician in your family? We may have one that you haven’t thought of yet…an advanced instrument from Paige’s Music!

Our Premier Rental Program is an easy, affordable way to transition your student from a beginner instrument to one that will support their rapidly- increasing skills as a musician. There are several great advantages of an upgraded instrument.


  1. Builds Enthusiasm and Commitment – Nothing brings out the commitment level and enthusiasm in a child more than something new. If the student has been using their beginning instrument for a couple of years, a new Premier level instrument will help them get excited again. Your student will feel the urge to practice more to see how good they can sound with the better instrument.
  2. Better Sound – Student instruments are built to be durable in the inexperienced hands of a beginning player, sometimes at the sacrifice of sound quality to keep the cost down. With a more advanced instrument, manufacturers are able to retain the durability, but also take more care in making sure the instrument performs at a high level as a more experienced player will be using and taking care of it.
  3. More Advanced Features – Many of the features on the step-up instruments are not found on the student level instrument. Many of these features are designed to make the instrument “speak” more freely and increase range.

It’s been our experience that the need for a step-up instrument arrives as early as the student’s second year of playing. By selecting a higher-quality instrument at this juncture, you will provide your student with room to grow as a musician, create renewed excitement and pride, and enhance your student’s development.

Need a bit more information? Watch this video by the Paige’s Retail Staff. Or, if you’re looking for a flute, you should watch the Indy Flute Shop Manager, Erin Nichols, talk about the advantages of open-holed flutes!

If you have any questions, please give us a call at 1-800-382-1099.

2014 SuperSale Is Just 2 Weeks Away


The "SuperSale" at Paige’s Music is one of our biggest sales of the year. If you are thinking of moving your student up to an intermediate or advanced level instrument this is the best time to do it. We would love to help you find the best instrument for your advancing student or answer any questions about this special promotion.

Here’s how it works – Come to the store and draw a coupon that will allow you to "SUPER SIZE" your savings. The coupons range from 5%-50% OFF* our already low prices!

OR – If you would rather not use the coupon that you selected, you can use our 12 months same-as-cash* option. There’s no interest as long as your balance is paid in full within 12 months. There are minimum payments due each month and our retail staff can help estimate what those might be.

The sale runs from Thursday, November 20 through Saturday, November 22nd. Our hours are Monday – Friday: 10-6 and Saturday: 10-4.

As always, contact us via email at or by phone at 1-800-382-1099.


*Offers valid 11/20/14 through 11/22/14. One coupon per family. 12 Months Same-as-Cash subject to credit approval and applies to all instrument and accessory purchases $399 or more. Not applicable toward existing account balances or repairs. Offers cannot be combined. See store for details.


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