Date: 2016-01-19 15:54
Paul Aviles wrote:
> Funny that we keep raising the spectre of the Silverstein
> ligature whenever we want to make fun of the esoterica of the
> whole thing. I just watched a video of the Hammburg Symphony
> (?) as pointed to on this Board and oddly enough ALL the
> players in the section where using Silversteins. My only
> point here is that they are not JUST hype (though there is some
> of that), and perhaps we should take the idea of civility to
> the next level and just let this one go.
> .................Paul Aviles
Yup. I own and actually do love my silversteins (Alto, Tenor, and Clarinet).
But for a beginner and for durability? I'm on board with the Rovner Dark or MKIII (I prefer the MKIII of the rovners). You can stomp on it, throw it around, and it won't break. You can tighten it until your fingers bleed and it won't break or scratch a mouthpiece table or rails. And it's just one screw, so there's no over or undertightening the top or bottom screws. And it fits on EVERY clarinet mouthpiece (even those super fat Gigliotti and pomarico mouthpieces - Man those things need to go on a diet!) And if you put it on backwards (I shudder when I think about how many middle-school and high-school students I've seen that put ligatures on backwards 'cause they just don't know how to), it still works perfectly fine.
I revise my vote from earlier, toss out the luyben, and whole-heartedly say, "Rovner Dark (or MKIII) for the win!.
And for what it's worth, slipping has never been an issue with even the newer rovners I've tried. You might have to crank it down more, but thankfully the screw is ergonomic enough to do just that.
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