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Contrabass-list Fri, 12 Dec 1997 Volume 1 : Number 61

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Date: Thu, 11 Dec 1997 22:40:03 -0500
From: Bob Thomas <thomas@usit.net>
Subject: shoe string ligature

Jim in VA wrote:

>I have no opinions on mouthpiece, but I prefer a shoelace for the
>ligature. (Six turns, shove it down a bit -- leaves lots of play
>for getting the reed just right.) Anyone else try this on a contra
>clarinet and care to share opinion?

I keep a cutoff shoelace in each of my cases as an emergency substitute ligature. It works at least as well as any other ligature I've tried. The reed feels really loose but has never moved while being played. If I didn't have so much invested in the store bought ligatures, I'd probably chuck them all and go with the shoe strings. Anyway, if you use a flat black string, wrap it carefully, and don't leave too much of the looped-under end hanging off it doesn't look nearly as funky as you would imagine.

Bob in VA

Date: Fri, 12 Dec 1997 12:39:20 -0800 (PST)
From: bj914@scn.org (John Micheal Bush)
Subject: ligatures

I haven't played a contra, but I use a velcro strap as a ligature on my sax. It works like a shoestring, but is easier. And plays better than most expensive ligatures.

John Bush


Imperial Space Cowboy, Aspiring Beatnik, and high school level musician.
btw, looking for a moderately priced sarrusophone.
Check out my jazz/funk/blues combo sometime!

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