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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 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.
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.
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!
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 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 :)
The single screw design makes it really has to change reads. I would liken it to a single nut when changing an Indy car tire. The adjustment screw turns easily and it doesn't take much to tighten/loosen the ligature. I only use the plate with the vertical rails. The other two really leaves marks in my reeds. It's a bit pricy, but it's worth the extra money. Very well made.
I have been playing on this ligature for two years now, and it has served me very well. The tone is pure and flexible, and the response is crisp and accurate.
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.
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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