Vandoren, which began in 1905, is now one of the most popular makers
of mouthpieces and reeds for clarinet and saxophone in the world. Began
by Eugene Van Doren, a clarinetist for the Paris Opera, the company did
not start really growing until his son, Robert Van Doren, took over the
business in 1935. In 1967, Bernard Van Doren, grandson of Eugene, took
over the company. During this time period, the company started making
its most famous mouthpiece for clarinet, the B45. Still today, Vandoren
continues to be a prominent manufacturer of reeds and mouthpieces.