Vandoren was established in 1905 by French clarinetist Eugene Van Doren, who played for the Paris Opera. His son, Robert, inherited the firm and developed the first 5RV mouthpiece in 1935, which became a classic standard among musicians all over the world. The legacy was passed on to Bernard in 1967, and only a year after, he created the B45 clarinet mouthpiece. Among his other accomplishments was the development of the classical and jazz range of the saxophone mouthpieces, and devised a cutting-edge machinery and engineering to improve Vandoren products.
These continuous innovations have produced better mouthpieces, reeds, ligatures, and the Flow Pack reed conditioning for clarinet (Bb, Eb, Ab, alto, bass, and contrabass) and saxophone (soprano, sopranino, alto, tenor, bass, and baritone). Accessories offered include cases, trimmers, and resurfacers for reeds, universal harness, cork grease, mouthpiece cushions, tuning rings, pouches, swabs, and saxophone straps. Vandoren products are used in a wide range of music settings, including classical performances, ensembles, jazz bands, and several other styles.