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I have a HR Berg 105/2 sms that I seem to like(at the moment) on my Yani T880. What are people using on HR Bergs for ligs and reeds. I think the stock lig is pretty good but those cylindrical screw heads tear up my fingers.
 

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I had really good results with a Rovner EDII in the clarinet/HR alto size. I bet you could get most alto ligs to fit it just fine.
 

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I have 2 HR Bergs (and a great old metal Berg @1960). I don't play 'em much any more but I have always had good success with Winslow ligs on these (and other pieces -- I'm using a Winslow bari sax lig on my RPC! The RPC is huge!). Winslow ligs are a bit pricey, I admit, but I think they're worth every penny.

I forgot: I also have a HR Berg bari piece, which I do use for jazz; it's a very good piece, and the Winslow bari lig fits that fine. Someday I'll get my RPC bari piece, and I guess I'll have to use a bear trap for a lig on that!
 

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I had (have) one of the older, standard FLs -- it BARELY fit on my RPC; sounded good, but then it fell apart! Likely from being used on a mpc it barely fit. I'd like one of the new ones, but I don't think they make one that will fit. Maybe someday. Meanwhile, the Winslow is very good, for me.
 

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Neff,

Thanks for the offer but I think I'm going to try to find something on the cheaper side. I actually like the Berg lig except for the screws which are uncomfortable to tighten. May just replace those or possibly just go with a Rovner.
 

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I've played a number of HR Bergs over the years. Pretty much any lig that will fit a typical HR Alto piece (such as a Meyer) will work on a HR Berg tenor piece.

Check out Doug Lawrence, who is the lead tenor player for the current Count Basie Orchestra. Doug plays a 103-3 (its a JVW reface) with an Optimum alto lig. Although Optimums are pricy too (about $80.00 with a brass cap), I use one on my bari piece and find it to be a really good, easy to use lig.
 

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Alto Optimum is a very good match for the HR tenor Berg. Contact Simon Weiner about getting the Optimum. I didn't spring for the fancy cap, I use a plastic Rovner cap for MUCH less $$.
 

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Take the screws to your local hardware store and get some new thumb screws that match. Even if the new screws are too long you can cut them down with a hacksaw. I hate those round screws as well and do not understand why the Berg folks have not changed them.

$.35 solution.
 

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I don't own a HR Berg (I play the metal one), but I've played one a couple of times now. No info on the ligs.

for reeds : for me Rico Jazz Select works best with them. Vandoren ZZ does work too, but can make them roar just a bit too much. Vandoren V16 is really sounding like a badly regulated Harley passing by. Didn't try other ones yet.
 

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i play a 105/2m with the standard berg ligature. I really havent had any problems with the screws,but i can see where you're coming from. Vandoren Java 3's on that as well. I LOVE that setup.
 

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I've just started messing around with a 110/0/M grained ebonite Berg. I'm using Legere Studio Cut #3 reeds and a Rovner EVO lig (I know what you mean about the small screws). The sound is fine; thick and cutting.
 
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