No woodwind player would deny that swapping reeds and mouthpieces can make a big difference in an instrument's sound... but how often have you thought about trying a new ligature? Together with those reeds and mouthpieces, your ligatures are part of a three-way team that works as a group to shape tone right down to the finest nuances. What this means is that changing any one of the three will make a difference in your sound, so it would be a mistake to focus on reeds and mouthpieces alone. In this selection of ligatures and caps, you'll find plenty of ways to customize your tone, as well as the protective covers you need to keep the whole assembly together between performances.
Just like mouthpieces and reeds, material is the top consideration when choosing ligatures and caps. Traditionally, metal models like the Bonade Alto Saxophone Ligature have been the standard options, and they're still going strong with sizes and styles to suit just about every woodwind instrument. Looking for a simple, affordable, no-nonsense ligature? In that case, check out the Standard Ligatures for a range of top sellers that can accommodate virtually any saxophone or clarinet.
Want a little more versatility? Maybe a fabric ligature, such as the Rovner Light Alto Saxophone Ligature and Cap or the BG L6 Standard Bb Clarinet Ligature, is the way to go. The biggest advantage of ligatures like these is that they don't need to be perfectly matched to the mouthpiece, allowing them to fit their rated size and anything close to it just as easily. There are even some versions - the BG Revelation Jazz Saxophone Ligature, for instance - that feature a built-in metal pressure plate to capture the tonal qualities imparted by a metal ligature, while also giving you the adaptability of a fabric one.
Many of the ligatures in this section include caps, and that's because non-standard ligatures require caps designed to fit them. Of course, there are also generic options like the BG Ligature Cap if you're simply looking for a replacement to go over a typical ligature. From the basic to the exotic, the ligatures and caps in this section have a lot to offer, so it's safe to say that no matter your playing style, instrument and personal tastes, the right fit is waiting for you here.