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After much thought and trial and error I've reached the final design of the ligature. It is consists of a plate a dowel and Kevlar string. The plate is made out of plastic or brass the later been more time consuming and difficult to make requiring more tools. Two 4mm holes are drilled on the plate which are then opened to 4-5 x 6-7mm by using round files. An assortment of materials can be used for the dowel, which has some effect on the response and the sound. I've tried brass, wood, plastic and rope to name a few. Using brass gives a more open sound as opposed to wood or rope which gives a more focused sound with fewer high frequencies. Though the ligature cannot be adjusted while on the mouthpiece and red, it is easily adjusted when removed. The correct choice of dowel and hole dimensions ensure the choking of the string and eliminates slipping. The best part of this ligature is that it works beautifully, it holds the reed firmly on the mouthpiece without slipping when tuning, enables notes to be played down to a whisper, it helps with making low notes and subtoning easier, and makes altissimo notes more stable and full. It could be that the reason for this is that the only part in contact with the reed and mouthpiece is the string.