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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 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.
so i recently got this for my birthday. i was using the M/O ligature that Vandoren recently released with the masters mouthpiece (which i use too). I found that this ligature was much better than the M/O. Projection was way better and tone quality were much better. I love the different pressure plates that they give but they are hard to find out how to put on and take off. look on google for it. I would definitely get this if i were you. It's not that bright as other people were saying (though it is probably just my set up) i really love the tone it adds.
I've tried many ligatures over the years, and I believe this is my favorite so far. The ability to change between 3 facings is a novel innovation. It allows you utilize different reeds more efficiently and still get the sound you want. Definitely worth the money.
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!
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 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 :)
This ligature is built very well. I only use the insert with the parallel line rails holding the reed. It is a warm but free blowing ligature, that lets you have infinite control over your dynamics. I have a little more control over color with my Vandoren Leather Ligature, but the general sound is better with this.
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.
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