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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000225.txt from 2004/08

From: Nancy Buckman <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Ligature preferences
Date: Mon, 9 Aug 2004 11:42:04 -0400

At 12:04 AM 8/8/2004, you wrote:
>I have been trying to increase my knowledge by reading David Pino's book
>"The Clarinet and Clarinet Playing" and he mentioned that he uses a
>shoestring as a ligature. I realize that as a very weak amateur I should
>probably stay with my old reliable metal ligature.

"Amateur" has nothing to do with ligature choice. Until you try what is
available, you won't know what suits you best. I have tried just about
everything out there in the ligature department and I just purchased a
"Bois" ligature ( at ClarinetFest and I like it very
much. It is a simple rubber ring with an "O" ring inside to snug it down
on the mouthpiece. When I first saw it I thought "Oh no, another piece of
junk". But I was pleasantly surprised when I played it. It actually
removes a lot of unwanted vibrations from the sound emitted when playing
(buzzing, etc.) and really helps to focus my tone. It improves projection
too. It was $25. The only drawback is that it currently doesn't come with
a cap, but the manufacturer is working on that now.


Nancy Buckman
Principal Clarinet / Orchestra AACC

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