Do you think the aged gold sounds better or is it esthetic.The M/O has been my primary ligature for about 6 months now. I play exclusively classical music on alto and found the M/O pairs great with nearly all of my mouthpieces.
I confess to being pretty neurotic regarding set-up; I've mixed-and-matched and experimented with a dozen different MPs, ligatures, and reeds since I began playing. All this to say that I believe I hear and feel a positive difference with the M/O ligature. But I totally concede that the "positive difference" may all be in my head!
I have the gold lacquer M/O. The aged gold finish, which I would have preferred for aesthetics, is not available from Vandoren yet.