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Bois ligature works for my tenor Link

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I ordered one of these last week for the metal NY Link tenor piece I've been playing some years now. WWBW delivered in rapid time, no drama.

I did nothing other than slightly wet the O-ring that's on the inside of the Delrin ring, and slipped it on, as far as it would go. Seems to fit at least as firmly as the stock Link lig (which was always migrating right or left anyway), if not better. Once the mouthpiece is where I want it, I don't move it, but oftentimes I find myself twisting it to the right a bit as I get warmed up and try to get the horn balanced with me. (I think my incisor profile has something to do with that.) Coupla days trialing isn't much time to count on, but the Bois is staying put. Definitely a better choice than the stock lig it just replaced.

Best thing. At least for me, it really does free up something. My reed seems to have a richer set of vibrations going now and I feel I've taken a big step closer to the sound I want. Hooda thunk....?

This is the cheapest and perhaps one of the most effective equipment upgrades I've made in the last few years. I'd recommend that folks try the Bois, if you haven't already; WWBW does seem to offer their usual trial period on them, and at $18-20 apiece, it doesn't hurt too much even if you aren't thrilled but still forget to return it.
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Judging from a pic alone, yes, they look as though they'll even slip right off. I didn't know the delrin body had an O-ring inside until I opened the box. I'm not sure how much "support" is needed, or whether it is needed over the entire length or surface area you might get with the stock lig or something else comparably conventional. Is there some accepted wisdom on how much of the reed needs to be in contact with the lig? What is "support" in this context, and should one have more of the reed area pressed firmly against the table, than say, a single, narrow band such that you'd get with this lig or with an O-ring or a fat rubber band? (They work better than the stock Link lig as well ..... at least for me.) Until I tried this Bois, I assumed it best that the reed should be really "locked down" on the table. That assumption has been blown away.

I haven't done any tests other than simply practicing with my horn and it is clear that the Bois has added something desirable to the sound and response and made it easier (I feel) to blow the horn. Hey! They oughta be paying me, this sounds like an advertisement.....
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On my NY Link STM, the reed edges are flush with the table/rails, but I also play a standard STM from time to time, so I tried the Bois with that.

It too works just fine with the Bois, but .... the reed is wider than the standard STM's facing and I have some problem with saliva wanting to leak around or out of the piece.

I don't know that I can blame this on the lig or the mouthpiece, but it's not a problem when I use the standard Link lig....

This is what I've experienced with two different Links. I think I'll probably use the Bois only with my NY, but wonder why the standard STM table/facing is so comparatively narrow....
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