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Vandoren Optimum Clarinet LigaturesWith Vandorens Optimum Ligature, youll find that more reeds perform to your expectations. - Unsurpassed performance and reliability. - Easily adjusts for any situation. - Expression with freedom. Three pressure plates provide the performer with more choices in tonal color and response.
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I played on this ligature for 5 months before I switched to the Eddie Daniels Ligature and was astounded at the change in quality in my sound. I found that the Optimum scratched my mouthpiece all over even when I was careful. My reeds still moved a little when I played unless I tightened the ligature all the way in which case it indented the reed and smothered it. The Eddie Daniels was way better for eveness and control.
I found this ligature to have a tone that was more on the bright side. Definitely good for projecting and reaching high notes. It doesn't dampen your sound at all, and the three plates provide a good variety of tones. They also help to make all of your reeds useable. I bought this ligature with the Rovner Eddie Daniels ligature and liked them both, though I preferred the Rovner. I would suggest this ligature for more solo work, as opposed to ensemble work.
My clarinet professor recommends everyone invest in an Optimum ligature, and I'm really happy with the sound I can get with it. It responds very well, and the three plates mean you can personalize the ligature. It seemed like a lot of money to spend on a ligature, but I think it is really worth the money if you're serious about your sound!
The great response is worth the price. Screw is very smooth and simple, misaligning is impossible, tightning is fast and easy. Be careful, this ligature is very heavy and has thin walls, if you drop it it WILL bend. They also tarnish but this isn't a major issue.
This ligature is a standard for clarinetists, and deserves that status. However, it has some fairly major (to me) issues. I was looking to upgrade and decided to try one out, along with the BG super revelation, Rovner Versa, and Olegature o1. While the optimum outperformed my old lig, I felt that all three of the others gave me a richer, darker tone. The Optimum gave me the next-best projection and clarity (after the olegature), but its tone was thin and far too bright to blend well with other players. for a jazz situation or a solo part this ligature would definitely be excellent, but I felt that its tonal deficiencies took it out of the running for me. It also tends to scratch your mouthpiece and dent your reed with the pressure plates. I didn't use it for very long but I predict that if a reed is dented too much by a particular plate it would lose all responsiveness. In any case, it is a fine ligature, but easily outdone.
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