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What do folks use as a protector/ligature securer for ligatures with pressure plates so the ligature and cap stay secure and the pressure plate does not scratch the table?

I have been using an old reed but wondering it there is an actual product for this or DIY plastic item that works well, etc.
Ideally i would like something that doesn't cover the opening like a reed does so i can run a swab through (specifically for Theo Wanne ligs, etc).
 

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When I used a ligature like that, I broke off the vamp of an old reed so that I was left with only the part that goes under the pressure plate and just used that to protect the mouthpiece. I smoothed any sharp edges with a nail file or some sand paper.
 

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Please explain to me, why swabbing should be done when the cap is on?
And when? After, before ...?
My mouthpieces are swabbed after (and during long-time) playing, no cap on it. I never did swabbing before and when the cap is on.
Or maybe it's something else?
As mentioned above, old reeds are best for me as protector - they live their second (retired!) life ;-)
 

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There is no earthly reason for swabbing a piece with the cap in place.

It needs to be done on clear mouthpiece.

Sorry to offend but any other method lacks logic and common sense.
 
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