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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000171.txt from 2005/08

From: "dnleeson" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] Ah, ligatures....Gold vs. Silver
Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2005 15:53:11 -0400

It is perfrectly reasonable to use any physical aspect of the
clarinet (such as the ligature, for example) because you like how
it looks, I have golden keys on my basset horn. I'm crazy about
the new barrels and bells and I would not mind putting diamonds
in my bell ring. But when one begins thinking that this sort of
thing has some positive impact on one's playing, that is the time
to inspect the head for holes.

Dan Leeson

-----Original Message-----
From: Steve White []
Sent: Thursday, August 11, 2005 10:17 AM
Subject: RE: [kl] Ah, ligatures....Gold vs. Silver

There's always the 'bling' factor as well I suppose.

I play a gold plated ligature on my bass clarinet mouthpiece.
Mostly because
that was what the store had on hand when my previous ligature
broke. I *do*
like it very much though. It is very pretty to look at as well.
Does it add
something to my sound? Maybe. Not really possible to
scientifically quantify
though. Perhaps I feel something different when I play it,
perhaps it's just my
imagination run amok.

I get comments on it from time to time. Mostly because
apparently you can't get
them anymore (Charles Bay Ligature)

Previous ligature was a Harrison that broke at the same place
that Jacob's did.
Go figure.

Steve White

-----Original Message-----
From: dnleeson []
Sent: Thursday, August 11, 2005 10:03 AM
Subject: RE: [kl] Ah, ligatures....Gold vs. Silver

Jacob confuses me. On one hand he says that the golden ligature
(I presume gold plated something or other) produced a "warmer
tone, and better response." (I also presume "better" than the
silver plated ligature, though Jacob does not say so.)

In the same note, he then describes how he broke the golden
ligature and had to revert to the silver one which he now says he
is "enjoying it equally as much." In effect, Jacob contradicts

Finally he inquires from the list that members give their opinion
on the advantages or disadvantages of gold vs. silver ligatures.

I will give an opinion, since he asked for one. To ascribe gold
plating on some base metal as being capable of creating greater
warmth and better response, is a misperception run amok. Jacob
needs to rethink the entire question of the purpose of a ligature
and, all other things being equal, come up with one intelligent
reason why the ligature's plating could affect anything, except
maybe the price of the ligature.

Dan Leeson

-----Original Message-----
From: Jacob Boyle []
Sent: Thursday, August 11, 2005 9:51 AM
Subject: [kl] Ah, ligatures....Gold vs. Silver

Hi everyone,

I'm currently using a silver Harrison ligature I found
in a high school band room I was helping out at. They
had evidently been sent some sort of 'trial' package
awhile back that consisted of one gold and one silver
plated Harrison clarinet ligature. I tried the gold
and found it to be favorable over the silver: warmer
tone, and better response, I thought. But it was a
bit too large for my Selmer C85 mouthpiece and when
I'd tighten it, the screw housings would meet before
it was sufficiently tight around the mpc./reed. I
consequently had to push it lower on my mouthpiece
than I personally prefer. Anyway, long story short,
one day I got a little over-zealous in my tightening
and the poor thing snapped at one corner of the "X"
(or "H", I suppose). So I switched to the silver one
(and am being more careful needless to say) and am
enjoying it equally as much. So my questions are,
what can I do to prevent this lig from going through
the same warpage and caused the demise of the previous
one (my prof suggested filing down the screw housings
so they don't meet when tightened) and what are some
characteristics others have observed between gold and
silver plated ligatures? I'm specifically considering
buying a BG Classic and would love to hear peoples
opinions. Thanks everyone!


P.S. I'm shipping my Signature out on
Saturday...anybody have any packing tips??

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