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Vandoren Optimum Clarinet Ligatures
With 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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  • Material: Silver Plated Nickel
    Screw Placement: Traditional (Bottom)

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"Great Ligature, must have for any clarinetist."


by Jimmy - 8/20/2009 8:53:10 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Active Clarinetist Classical, Jazz DeKalb, IL
9 people out of 9 found this review helpful

The Vandoren Optimum Ligature is a must have for any Clarinetist. With the three different plates for smooth, short, and easy blowing style of playing this Ligature can be used for any type of performance. I use the smooth playing plate for most classical music I play, I'll use the short playing style if the piece calls for more Staccato playing then Legato. I use the easy blowing plate when it comes to Jazz. All in all, the Vandoren Optimum Ligature is the perfect Clarinet ligature. As I said earlier, the Vandoren Optimum is a must have for any Clarinetist.

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"Amazing!"


by Eric - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Clarinet Performance Major at Spring Arbor University Classical Spring Arbor, MI
9 people out of 11 found this review helpful

I major in clarinet performance, so I need the best of everything for my Clarinet. I chose this because it was recommended to me by my clarinet professor. I hesitated in this perchance, but I will never go back. The sound that I produce is unbelievable. The reed rests are all amazing. I use all three of them because all produce different sounds that I love depending on what kind of song I play. I will never choose anything different.

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"Very nice!"


by Brennan Coffey - 5/21/2012 11:22:18 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
5 yrs. Clarinet Classical Fayetteville, Georgia
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

I used a rovner legacy before this lig...and i'm so glad I switched! My tone actually darkened quite a bit and this ligature is EXTREMELY free blowing. It's a great pleasure to play on. Assuming you're careful with your equipment, you won't have to worry too much about it bending (it DOES however, bend very easily.)I absolutely love this ligature and although it's pricey I highly recommend it to anyone who is serious about their sound!

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"FANTASTIC Ligature"


by Bill - 5/28/2010 5:12:59 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Student, Performer Classical Richmond, VA
6 people out of 8 found this review helpful

I am a HUGE advocate for metal ligatures. Metal never weakens, it just bends but can be bent back. I would never suggest a leather ligature to anyone for the fact that they muffle the sound. The Vandoren Optimum ligature helps my reed vibrate at an optimum rate. People complain about a bright sound, but you just have to make harder reeds. Soft reeds are not good to ever play on. The bad reviews come from people who try and rely on equipment for a good sound. I LOVE this ligature both sound-wise and aesthetically. Source: Student under the instruction of Dr. Charles West at Virginia Commonwealth University

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"good in certain situations"


by Max - 1/27/2012 1:59:37 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
student concert band music, classical California

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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I already bought this ligature but with the plastic cap. What is the cost to just order the nickel plated cap?
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