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The Selmer 404 seems to be popular but I heard it's a difficult fit on a NY Link. Can I bend it to make it work or should I look for a different lig?
 

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I found that it stretches out after a while. The fit is a bit better out of the box with the regular STM, but it works with the NY STM, and after a while will stretch to accommodate the wider circumference (silver is quite ductile).
 

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I found that it stretches out after a while. The fit is a bit better out of the box with the regular STM, but it works with the NY STM, and after a while will stretch to accommodate the wider circumference (silver is quite ductile).
Aren’t they just silver plated brass.
I think they bend themselves to the shape from tightening the screws.
Make sure you get it started off right or they can bend unevenly. They’ll break if you get heavy handed on the tightening.
 

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Rather than bending a fine ligature, I’d buy a new one for the mpc. Ligatures aren’t that expensive, i guess if you’d invest some money, you could get a lig, that works on every mpc and has no influence on the desired tone.
 

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Not that it matters, but are you talking a vintage NY Link pr the modern USA “NY”?
This is a new NY STM Link. The stock lig is annoying with all its shifting around. I want a solid firm lig. Not looking to influence the tone, just want something that works better than stock.
 

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This is a new NY STM Link. The stock lig is annoying with all its shifting around. I want a solid firm lig. Not looking to influence the tone, just want something that works better than stock.
amen! the 404 or Rovner are your best choices.
 

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Rather than bending a fine ligature, I’d buy a new one for the mpc. Ligatures aren’t that expensive, i guess if you’d invest some money, you could get a lig, that works on every mpc and has no influence on the desired tone.
You just described the 404 ligature.

I found the process of bending the ligature to fit a Link was:

1. Put the ligature on the mouthpiece.
2. Tighten the screws.
3. Never think about the ligature again.

The process was remarkably similar fitting it onto a stainless Berg bari mouthpiece, funnily enough.
 

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I just did a quick search and the first hit was WWBW in stock.
Tried that site, couldn't find it.

Managed to find one in a store in Canada. So I'm most likely going to order that one. Am wondering if the Francois Louise Lig might be a better choice though.
 

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My find showed the photo but the detail did not confirm the size number as 404. So WWBW does not appear to be a source at this time. Try ebay.
 
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