I bought a semi expensive ligature for my clarinet, and I would like to know if it is a good idea to use it on an Alto Sax. I've tried using a cheap one on my alto sax, and it seemed to work alright (they're not that different in size). I hope I can use my good ligature on my alto sax because it makes quite a difference on my clarinet. Is this in any way bad for the instruments? If it isn't, is it worth it getting an Alto Sax ligature?

  • If the ligature fits it should be ok for the instrument. Nov 24, 2018 at 11:06
  • Are you asking about metal ligatures or leather/synthetic ones?
    – Tim
    Nov 24, 2018 at 12:00
  • @tim Leather/synthetic. Although the cheap one I tried was metal.
    – Erik
    Nov 24, 2018 at 19:32

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I am surprised that the clarinet ligature fits on the alto saxophone mouthpiece (I play both.) What do you mean by "fit"? The ligature should fit snugly on the mouthpiece under the "u" part of the reed. It should secure the reed just where the reed and mouthpiece naturally meet. If the ligature is too high, the reed will not vibrate properly.

  • It is well beneath the u and the line.
    – Erik
    Nov 25, 2018 at 2:17
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    @Erik, then it should be fine.
    – Heather S.
    Nov 25, 2018 at 3:07
  • Is it in amy way damaging to the ligature?
    – Erik
    Dec 1, 2018 at 21:49
  • @Erik, if it is tightening properly, I don't think so. However, I have heard that the leather ligatures do change over time. (I never had one long enough to notice.) I currently have a Vandoren metal ligature with the interchangeable plates, which I love.
    – Heather S.
    Dec 2, 2018 at 13:47

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