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Has anyone tried the Pyne string ligature on bass clarinet? I've heard some mixed reviews about it on soprano clarinet. I'm thinking about trying one on BC....since Vandoren doesn't make the Klassik for BC.

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The Pyne ligature arrived and first impressions are most positive! As I experienced with the Klassik ligature on soprano clarinet and tenor saxophone, a string ligature gives more clarity and richness to my sound as well as increased projection.

I heard reports of the Pyne ligature stretching over time so I'll keep my eye on that. If there's a problem I'll report back on it.

It appears that the Pyne is the only string ligature available for bass clarinet. If anyone knows of another string ligature please let me know.

Now, I have string ligatures on all of my horns.

Roger
 

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I'm going to contact the Pynes and talk with them about the ligature. The first day with the Pyne string ligature was GREAT. But, after that it's gone downhill. I'm having trouble with the ligature being tight enough. I've tried pressing against each side by the reed. But, the reed can still be moved from side to side. And, my quality of sound is not what it was on that first day. It does not compare to the great results I get with the Klassik on clarinet and tenor! :?

In the meantime, I figured out a way to get a better quality of sound with my Masters ligature (see under Ligatures). So, until I can either get better results with the Pyne or find another string ligature for the bass clarinet I'll continue to use the Masters.

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Message below was received from the Pyne web site. I'll try shrinking the ligature per Kyle's instructions and see how it works. Fingers crossed!

Roger

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Dear Mr. Aldridge,

Thank you for your message. The recommended way to use this ligature is to
align one of the vertical upside down U loops on the ligature, directly
over the reed.

Now, if the ligature is able to be pushed farther on the mouthpiece than a
"normal" metal ligature, then it is probably too large. We prepare these
ligatures on a Pyne Bass clarinet mouthpiece. There is a wide variety of
Bass clarinet mouthpiece sizes. Possibly yours has a smaller circumference
than the Pyne. However, if the ligature is only slightly too large,
allowing too much reed movement, it is possible to shrink it a bit to
tighten it. If you have an older bass mouthpiece, put the ligature on up
higher than where you would normally place it, soak it in water for a
minute or two, and let it dry completely on the mouthpiece.

If you prefer, you can send it to us to shrink, but please include $4.05
for return Priority Mail shipping. However, if the ligature is still too
loose, you will have to return it to Woodwind Brasswind for a refund. If
you return it, and still wish to use a Pyne string ligature, then I would
recommend you measure the circumference of your mouthpiece at the center
of the ligature area, and order one directly from us. I will then use your
mouthpiece measurements when preparing a new one.

If we can be of further assistance, please feel free to write again.

Best regards,
Kyle Marie Pyne ><>
 

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Well, I shrunk the ligature per Kyle's instructions. It helped to a degree but there is still some sideways movement of the reed. The quality of sound with the Pyne is good. However, it seems to me that I sound just as good with the Masters. So, I'm going to stick with the Masters.

Signing off on this thread, Roger
 

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Just for your info Roger...

I e-mailed Vandoren inquiring about a possible Klassik for bass clarinet. The reply is enclosed below:

Dear Sir,



Thank you for your message regarding Vandoren ligatures.

Vandoren might consider making a Klassik ligature for the bass clarinet in the future.



Best regards,



Laurent Sultan, Vandoren Paris
 

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Everyone -- keep the emails going to Vandoren!!! They HAVE to make a Klassik for bass clarinet!
 

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How secure are the klassik ligatures? Is it possible to quickly and easily switch from a Bb to an A clarinet without disturbing the reed?
 

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Dirty,

The Klassik is made tighter or looser with the two slipends. If the mouthpiece cork is lubricated well I think it's possible to change the mouthpiece between Bb and A clarinets.

Roger
 
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