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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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"Great Ligature"

by TheClarinetGuy - 1/6/2014 8:03:18 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Clarinetist Orchestra, Chamber Carol Stream, IL

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.

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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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"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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"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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"best ligature i own"

by Jake - 2/24/2012 2:40:12 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
High school, teacher, hobby classical Poulsbo, Wa

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.

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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
21 people out of 25 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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"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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"Be Careful."

by College Clarinetist - 1/5/2010 7:12:34 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
College Classical Illinois
36 people out of 40 found this review helpful

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.

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by Clarinetist - 10/3/2011 10:56:30 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
STudent Classical Alabama

This is by far the best ligature that I have ever played on!

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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
3 people out of 3 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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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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