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How much is 12,000?

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It's about 150 times the number of Keys on a Piano
In other words, the count of Keys on a Piano is 0.0071 times 12,000.
(Moden layout; A0 to C7)
It's about 150 times the number of Submarines in the US Navy
In other words, the count of Submarines in the US Navy is 0.0059 times 12,000.
(a.k.a. Subs) (includes all types, all classes) (2015 figures)
The United States Navy maintains a fleet of 72 active submarines. A typical submarine goes to sea with a crew of about 140.
It's about 200 times the number of Countries in Africa
In other words, 12,000 is 210 times the count of Countries in Africa, and the count of Countries in Africa is 0.0048 times that amount.
(2016 figures) (sovereign states recognized by the UN only)
It's about 250 times the number of Teeth in a Great White Shark's Mouth
In other words, the count of Teeth in a Great White Shark's Mouth is 0.004 times 12,000.
(Carcharodon carcharias) (average; including developing rows)
It's about 450 times the number of Countries in the European Union
In other words, the count of Countries in the European Union is 0.0023 times 12,000.
(a.k.a. EU) (2016 figures)
It's about 800 times the number of Living Kings and Queens
In other words, the count of Living Kings and Queens is 0.0013 times 12,000.
(2015 figures) (distinct Monarchs)
It's about 1,500 times the number of Symphonies Composed by Beethoven
In other words, 12,000 is 1,333.333333330 times the count of Symphonies Composed by Beethoven, and the count of Symphonies Composed by Beethoven is 0.000750000000002 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Ludwig van Beethoven)