Vandoren story begins from Eugene van Doren, a famous clarinetist of the Paris Opera, who lived in the midst of the "Belle Époque" of the late nineteenth century. The artists of that time made their own reeds, but reeds were made by Eugene allowed him to play so well that colleagues were increasingly asking it to make the reeds for them.
To save time, Eugene invented a machine for the manufacture of reeds, working on the pedal as sewing machine. In 1905 the production outgrew the size of him dining room on André del Sarte and him family moved to 51 rue Lepic. Eugene's son Robert was born in the same year. He also became a clarinetist, after grauating from the Paris Conservatoire in 1928, he sent on a U.S. tour. He was one of the first French clarinetists who performed at Radio City Music Hall in new York. During the tour, American musicians appreciated Vandoren reeds. Their popularity soared. By 1935 the business had grown so much that Robert had to leave promising concert career and return to Paris at 56 rue Lepic. During this time he worked on a mouthpiece 5RV, which still remains one of the most popular models.
In 1967, when Robert's son Bernard joined the family business, production of a new line of mouthpieces is started, now known as В45. Endowed with a genius of his grandfather, Bernard benefited from new production technologies, that helped to create the professional mouthpieces of the highest quality, are available for fans and students.
In 1990, production was moved from Montmartre in Bormes-les-Mimosas located in southern France near reed plantation. Today, the office of Bernard Vandorn 56 rue Lepic provides the opportunity to test the reeds and mouthpieces to musicians all over the world.
Traditional reeds are the most popular among musicians. Their superiority is popular during many years, combined with music of any style. Excellent sound in all registers allow to a pianissimo to fulfill also the highest notes.
Flexibility traditional of reeds makes it possible for staccato and Legato over large intervals, saving a richness of tone and giving the sound saturation and color, which are the trademark Vandoren reds.