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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000321.txt from 1994/05

From: "Jay Heiser, Product Manager, Govt Systems" <jayh@-----.COM>
Subj: Re: Ligatures
Date: Thu, 19 May 1994 12:25:31 -0400

-->From: Cary Karp <nrm-karp@-----.SE>
-->Not all energy produced by the vibrating reed is transferred to the air
-->column. A healthy amount bleeds off to the ligature. This damping is
-->frequency dependent. A "softer" ligature will tend to absorb more high
-->frequency energy than will a "harder" ligature with a resultant effect on
-->tone color. The configuration of the physical contact between the lig and
-->mpc will also make a big diff.

That explains why the Winslow needs to be so tight. If its too
loose, the grommets must absorb too much high-freq vibes. It
always surprises me how tight its supposed to be.

I'd grown up being told that the thumb was the best ligature
(it just isn't practical). Does anyone agree with that?

I admit to no experience with string or thread.

My favorite ligatures have been ones that have limited contact
with the top of the reed. Bonade is my favorite inexpensive one.
Tinkerers can spend hours with a Winslow moving & removing those
grommets. My favorite sax ligature is the Selmer one that comes
with the horn. When its new, just the edges of the sheet metal
touch the top of the reed. It doesn't take long to bend, though,
and then it doesn't work as well for me.

Anybody think it makes any difference where the screw is?
I had a beard for a while and learned that the screw on the
bottom is incompatible with facial hair. (at least on clarinet)
Ouch!
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