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Hey Everyone,
I have an Otto Link Super Tonemaster for my alto, and am looking to buy a new ligature for it. I have heard many negative things about the stock ligatures on the links, and I personally believe my ligature is less than acceptable in many ways. I have looked at Olegatures, the Selmer 404, and Rovners. I am leaning towards the Olegature. Does anyone have any experience with this set-up? Which ligature would you recommend? Any input would be appreciated. Thanks!
 

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I use an STM on tenor so it might be a different beast on alto. I used the stock lig for a good while, but didn't care too much for it. I'll admit that it did do the job of holding the reed down, but it felt like it dulled the response of my horn... I tried a rovner dark, and again felt that it dulled the response, I tried this setup even less a time, than the stock, cause I couldn't stand it. Finally I tried a Rovner Light ligature and have been very happy with that! Gives really nice response and hasn't ever let me down.

I'm not sure how well the Olegature works (on anything, save an STM). I'd kind of think that the top ridge might interfere, of course I'm sure someone here knows more about this than me.
 

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I play Oleg and Rovner ligs. IMO, it doesn't make THAT much difference. Although I don't like Link ligatures, ANY lig will probably give you pretty the same sound. YOU might think it matters, but the mic probably wont.
 

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Go with a lig that doesn't slip. The stock link ligs slip. The Oleg has been known to slip. The Selmer metal lig doesn't slip and it's the standard replacement lig for tenor metal links, I'm not sure about alto stms. The Rovner EVO might even be better than a Rovner Light as it has less dampening fabric, you'd have to order it directly off Rovners site, but you'd get the right size that way.
 

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Hi again, Thanks for your input thus far. I am a fan of ligatures with parallel vertical rails on the plate that holds the reed down. For example, on my tenor mouthpiece, I have a B&G Metal jazz ligature with these rails. Is there a ligature I could get for the STM on my alto with similar rails?
 

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Another endorsement for saxxas here
 

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what's up with the saxxas? Anyone have experience with those?
 

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Mike Sax Man said:
Hi again, Thanks for your input thus far. I am a fan of ligatures with parallel vertical rails on the plate that holds the reed down. For example, on my tenor mouthpiece, I have a B&G Metal jazz ligature with these rails. Is there a ligature I could get for the STM on my alto with similar rails?
On tenor, the Vandoren V16 Optimum has a plate like that and it fits (tightly) the STM. Don't know if there's one for alto though or whether it would fit.
 

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Mike Sax Man said:
Hi again, Thanks for your input thus far. I am a fan of ligatures with parallel vertical rails on the plate that holds the reed down. For example, on my tenor mouthpiece, I have a B&G Metal jazz ligature with these rails. Is there a ligature I could get for the STM on my alto with similar rails?
Bonade. Twin rails on the reed side. Reasonable price, very effective lig.
 

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I was not aware the bonade ligatures had such rails. I have seen pictures of them and it looks like the point of contact with the reed is smooth. Maybe it's the angle?
 

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Also, does the Rover EVO fit metal mouthpieces like my alto's STM?
 

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For the third message in a row now, does anyone have experience with the B&G Jazz ligatures for alto metal mouthpieces? The Revelation Jazz, Silver Revelation Jazz etc.
 
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