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Yesterday, I was at a gig and plate #1 on my optimum ligature broke. The part that connects the ligature to the plate seperated from the plate. I can still use the other 2 plates or a different ligature though. Maybee I'll try to weld it back together, or can you buy plates seperatly?
 

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It just broke like that!! That's scary....
Did you drop it or something?
 

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chssax said:
It just broke like that!! That's scary....
Did you drop it or something?
I don't know how it broke, I just noticed it was broken when I took it out to play
 

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I don't know how it broke, I just noticed it was broken when I took it out to play
yikes...i've got three of these babies now...alto, clarinet, and metal tenor (fitted to a berg SS bari piece), and I haven't heard of anyone who has had one break.

I really hope yours was an isolated incident...maybe the case got jostled around something fierce. Sorry to hear about it.

P.s. anyone know where to buy the replacement plates, or just that you can?
 

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my plate broke too, 2 of them broke. the thing is bad because it costs about 15 euros (30Euros) the 3 plates. i'm gonna write to vandoren complaining they have to fix this...
 

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I had a few break also. I determined that, in my case, the ligature was slightly too big for my mouthpiece and I was then tightening it so much that I actually caused it.
I don't know if anyone else has that situation but Vandoren has said that those ligs are for their Optimum mouthpieces, and may not work on another mouthpiece. I know they will fit more than the Optimum pieces but thereare pieces that cause problems such as the one I encountered. I moved on from Optimum.
 

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Recent posts in other threads mentioned that some use the ligature without the plates and that it seems to work fine. Mine hasn't broken (used on a variety of soprano mouthpieces, including Joe's Missing Link) and I have not tried using it without the plates. DAVE
 

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"This sucks." Come on, if this is the worst thing to happen to you, count yourself very lucky. :) Life is too short...

Just use one of the other plates or use it without any plate. Works just as well either way, assuming it fits your mpc properly.
 

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Soon as I tightened the Optimum lig, it cracked open, right at the thinnest point of the metal along the "V" cutout.
Wow Dan, now that would suck. Could it be that it was so cold the metal got brittle enough to break? If so, I'm not sure it's a design flaw.

In any case, I now carry a spare lig (standard 2-screw the fits the mpc I'm using) in my gig bag. Just put it in there after reading your post! However, thankfully the temp never gets down to single digits out here on the coast where I live.
 

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Wow Dan, now that would suck. Could it be that it was so cold the metal got brittle enough to break?
That's my guess. I say it's a design flaw because it broke at the thinnest section of the metal, which could have been solid all grew way through if not for the Vandoren V cutout on the side. It's all good, though. I had a spare DIY epoxy lig in the case.
 
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