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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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Since I've been in college as a clarinetist, I've noticed that a lot of my fellow clarinet students play on the Optimum ligature. Despite some of the mixed opinions I had heard, I went and bought it at a local music shop.
Some Pros: The response is extraordinary. Even when playing pianissimo, the response didn't contain an undertone at all; all you hear is clarinet. It also projects very well. As an orchestra clarinetist, I know that projecting is a common problem, and my orchestra instructor was pleased with my ability to project once I switched to the Optimum ligature.
Now, onto the Cons: The metal material is good in the sense that it enhances response and projection. But, it does so at the cost of the timbre of the sound. I found the optimum ligature to be extremely bright. You have to have just the right reed to achieve a tone that isn't squawky, or even oboe-like. For instance, if your chosen reed is the least bit soft (I ran into this problem at a bad time), the tone is again squawky and very thin.
So, if you have a clarinet that doesn't project well or has a somewhat stuffy sound, the Optimum ligature would be great. If not, I do NOT recommend this ligature.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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 was playing on a Rovner Dark before I asked my section leader and very close friend if I could play on it for a bit. I noticed a difference right away. My sound was darker (yes, darker, from a rubber lig to a metal, I'll get to that later), less forced, and fuller. As soon as I could, I placed my order for this. There are only 2 drawbacks to this lig: 1) no matter what plate you use, your reeds will be indented. 2) It's extremely easy to just bend this beyond repair. As long as you're careful, this ligature will be a dream come true. Tip: try every reed you have and find out which pressure plate works best for that individual reed. All reeds, even two from the same box, might require a different plate to have the optimal sound (puns). It's pricey, but it's totally worth it.
I just got the Optimum a week ago and it's safe to say that it is definately one of the top dog ligs. out there today! Pre-Opt. I used the Rovner MKIII and found it to be very resistent and hard to control, so my lesson teacher recommended me to get the optimum because the metal would do better for control and toungeing. Post-Opt. it is the best investment I made at wwbw and I encourage any serious students that want a distinct and rich sound to to make the investment as well :)
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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