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There are a few options.

Packing the plate out is the simplest, and if you wanted a permanent solution you could have a thicker plate made up.

You could pad the sides out.

You could have a longer screw made up - it wouldn't then be original (if that matters), but it would be a reversible fix.

When it comes to cutting and resoldering you're limited by the need for a raised section on the top of the lig. This is where you'd normally cut and resolder a lig to decrease its diameter.
In this case I'd be inclined to desolder the lig at the base, remove the clamp plate, remove metal from each side of the lig and resolder the plate on.
All soldering operations would use silver solder.

You could do this yourself with an off-the-shelf portable gas gun and some suitable flux and solder, but there's a risk of damaging the ligature body by overheating (it's very thin brass) and an even greater risk of getting solder everywhere...which will be a complete pig to clean up.

By the time you've bought the necessary kit to do the job you might as well pay a repairer (or a manufacturing jeweller) to do the job properly.

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Yes, it's possible to do as you suggested - I used to have a Link lig to which exactly that had been done.
It's a fiddly job, so you might want to get a repairer to do it (or an engineer - a jeweller too might be able to undertake such work) - you have to be extremely careful when drilling out the screw.

It's important too to ensure the screw is a good fit, otherwise it will keep working itself loose. Some threadlock would help. Don't forget that there has to be some provision to allow the reed plate to move freely.

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