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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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"Excellent ligature"

by Don - 1/17/2014 5:02:11 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Hobbyist classical Chicago, IL

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.

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"Top Quality"

by Matt - 2/27/2009 10:56:02 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Teacher, Pro Symphonic, Chamber, Solo, Jazz Atlanta, GA
1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

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.

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"Nice Ligature"

by Shiana - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
college student, 7 years experience concert band, orchestra Durango, CO
22 people out of 26 found this review helpful

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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"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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"Vibrantly Awesome"

by Chris - 8/4/2009 5:25:21 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
UTSA College Freshmen Classical San Antonio, TX
3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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 :)

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by clarify - 5/16/2012 4:20:00 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
5 years clarinet, High School Jazz, Marching, Concert, Solos Palm Harbor, FL
4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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.

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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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"Great sound and ease of playing"

by April - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
studying clarinet in college United States
9 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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!

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"Dependable, Sturdy, and Worth It"

by Rachel - 10/23/2013 6:08:07 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
In College, Music Educator Classical Valparaiso, IN

I recommend this to high school and college level musicians. It's pretty durable unlike the M/O ligature or Bays. Also, it comes with interchangeable plates that affect the tone so you can customize or adjust if you like. The only thing I don't like is the care for the ligature. They recommend keeping it in its corrosive-free bag, but I don't have room to do that in my case unless I try to stick the whole mouthpiece in there (which the bag is too small for--and it started to smell in there). Without the baggy the metal will start tarnishing within 6 months. However, most of the clarinetists I know use this ligature, including my teacher. Even though she's had hers for over a decade and it shows, it still works great. She's only found one comparable ligature to it, but it wasn't nearly as sturdy as this one.

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"Expensive but worth it"

by Pete - 3/24/2011 10:47:25 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Music Ed. Student WAM Las Cruces, NM

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.

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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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