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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000264.txt from 2004/08

From: Nancy Buckman <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Objective of the Ligature
Date: Tue, 10 Aug 2004 01:45:56 -0400

At 10:45 AM 8/9/2004, you wrote:
>Several people have talked about ligatures "allowing the reed to vibrate
>freely".....etc. I'm not sure I understand this concept. How does it work?
>What part of the reed are you allowing to "vibrate freely"? Why would one
>ligature allow a reed to vibrate more "freely" than another?

I don't know that I understand what you are saying here either. I only
know about the specific things that change when I change ligatures. As far
as I am concerned that is all that matters. The reed can be pinched,
vibrate freely or not at all (that would be novel), but if it doesn't sound
good to me it just doesn't matter.

My first ligature was a Buffet with a little insert between the reed and
the screws. The plating was peeling and I wasn't happy with shards of
plating in my mouth. I bought a Bonade and played on that until I dropped
it and someone stepped on it. I used a rubber band for the rest of the
day. I had a black streak on my chin though after a while. Then I played
on a Rovner 1R for many years until I discovered the BG Super Revelation at
ClarinetFest. I used that until a few weeks ago and have been using my
Bois since. I want one for my sax and for my eefer.

>I'd like to hear from everyone/anyone about what they think the objective of
>the ligature might be.....

The objective for me is to hold the reed on the mouthpiece. Anything extra
is a pleasant bonus.

>Also....from the mouthpiece makers....what do you guys think a ligature
>should do?

I know that Lomax and Gennusa mouthpieces endorse the Bois. Other than
Walter and Clark though, I don't think you will hear from any makers. You
would have to write directly to them.


Nancy Buckman
Principal Clarinet / Orchestra AACC

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