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‘Pressure ribs’
‘Pressure ribs’ of Bonade ligatures offer better tone to players at any leve
In his book Clarinetist’s Compendium (Leblanc Educational Publications P-74), legendary clarinet performer and pedagogue Daniel Bonade stated, “I want to emphasize the importance of a good ligature. A bad ligature can spoil a good reed on a good mouthpiece by binding the sides of the reed and thus preventing the reed from vibrating freely. Many clarinetists never realize that their reed troubles actually stem from a poorly designed ligature.”
Rather than wait for an ideal ligature to meet his standards, Mr. Bonade took it upon himself to design one. His concept utilized “pressure ribs,” which grip the reed firmly at points just off center of the reed, but with as little reed/ligature contact as possible. Bonade found that this allowed the edges of the reed to vibrate more freely.
The result was 20 to 30 percent more tone, providing greater dynamic range and carrying power in large concert halls. Additionally, with the Bonade ligature, more reeds are playable “out of the box.” The offset savings in reeds makes the attractively priced Bonade ligature even more cost-effective.
Since it was introduced, the Bonade ligature has won critical acclaim from students, educators and professionals, who found an overall improvement in tone.
Available only from G. Leblanc Corporation, Bonade ligatures are offered in standard and inverted models for Bb and Eb soprano clarinet and bass clarinet. Standard and inverted models are also offered for alto, tenor and soprano saxophones.
Gold-lacquered Bonade saxophone ligatures are available for those saxophonists seeking subtle changes in response and tone coloring. What’s more, gold lacquering offers an extra “touch of elegance” to all performances.
For more information about Bonade ligatures, phone accessory products manager Tom Belotti at Leblanc headquarters. He may be reached by e-mail at tvbelotti@gleblanc.com.