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by odedtzur
(19 posts)
8 years ago

Classical Ligature: Winlslow

I've heard so much talking and

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  1. by The Insomniac Saxman
    (141 posts)

    8 years ago

    Re: Classical Ligature: Winlslow

    I've been a big fan of Winslow ligs for many years, and have had them for all of my horns except for bari . . . I originally bought my first Winslow for legit alto playing, but ended up using the same ligature on a Meyer for jazz and even on my clarinet (after that I ended up buying them for all the other horns). I've noticed that more reeds were playable with it . . . why that is I am unsure . . . you do have plenty of options with a Winslow as far as cushion placement (there are 9 holes on the plate) . . . I've used a variety of cushion placements on mine--4-corner, X-pattern, boxcar, diamond--depending on how stiff I wanted the center of the reed to feel . . . I do wish they still made them--I have a few mouthpieces I'd like to try them on . . .

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    1. by odedtzur
      (19 posts)

      8 years ago

      Re: Classical Ligature: Winlslow

      thanks man. maybe you can tell me one more thing - the optimum ligature I'm using now, although the best ligature I've tried, doesn't fit to any mothpiece. I got a short shank selmer soloist and the lower part of the ligature is drifting in the air, instead of touching the mouthpiece, the same with the reed - and that way only half the reed gets the support of the ligature. this happens because there are basically 2 parts of metal holding the back of the mouthpiece and the ratio between their lengths is suitable for a vandoren mouthpiece, and not for a selmer. any material you put there - mpc cusion, cork, felt - means you lose vibrations because the material absorbs it and that's no good. Now, can this happen to me with a winslow? or is it built in a way that compesates for any mis-match?

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      1. by CountSpatula
        (602 posts)

        8 years ago

        Re: Classical Ligature: Winlslow

        I don't think ligatures will determine whether or not your sound is "classical" or "jazz." I'd leave that up to you and your mouthpiece... Ligatures are over-rated...

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        1. by trahansax
          (16 posts)

          8 years ago

          Re: Classical Ligature: Winlslow

          Ligatures are over-rated, I personally like using selmer metal ligatures, they work great, certain other ligs (made of cloth or leather) absorb to much vibration for the richness of the saxophone tone.

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