My DG Studio is also slightly less narrow than my tenor reeds but I think that is what gives its edge. However to avoid the "lock-up" that alot a players about the reed must be kept in the center at all times. These are not meek pieces either.
I use various Rovner ligs on my DGs. Even with regular metal ligs I have not noticed 'sound-killing'. But, my reeds never have deformed edges either. I think you would have to clamp the reed so hard to deform the edges that it could indeed harm your tone.
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