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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000209.txt from 2005/08

From: "dnleeson" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] Not pure gold or silver (was: Ah, ligatures....Gold vs. Silver)
Date: Fri, 12 Aug 2005 12:42:29 -0400

This is a very valuable contribution to the discussion. Ed says
he tried the two ligatures and preferred the gold one. I have no
problems with his statement of preference, and his identification
of the gold one as his personal preference. But what he has not
done, what I would not expect him to do, and what neither he nor
anyone else can do, is to assert that the positive perpective he
gave about the ligature was derived exclusively from its paint.

In effect, anyone can like anything they chose, and no reasons
about preference ever need to be supplied. It is when some
aspect of the thing they like is asserted, without evidence, to
be resposible for the supiority that all hell breaks loose.

Dan Leeson

-----Original Message-----
From: Lacy, Edwin []
Sent: Friday, August 12, 2005 9:25 AM
Subject: RE: [kl] Not pure gold or silver (was: Ah,
vs. Silver)

The "Harrison gold" ligature is not made of gold, and the silver
one is
not made of silver. I think the so-called gold model is actually
alloy of brass, and I'm not sure at all about the silver one, but
think it is probably nickel-plated brass.

I don't attribute any particular playing characteristics to gold,
silver, brass, nickel or solidified oatmeal. All I know is that
years ago, a dealer sent me two Harrison gold ligatures and two
ones. I tried all of them in side-by-side tests, and found two
(1) They sounded and responded differently, and (2) I preferred
the gold

It is very difficult to describe the differences in the
of various ligatures, mouthpieces, reeds and instruments. But,
when you
get one that works well for you, you are likely to know it.
many have had the experience of playing on a mouthpiece or reed
just feels more comfortable to play. You feel that it helps you
near the top of your ability. Somehow the instrument feels more

So, that is the thing on which I based my preference for the
"gold" ligature.

Ed Lacy
University of Evansville

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