The prodigious Van Gogh (both sizable and marvelous) is for the woodwind artist ready to experience a unique approach that facilitates freedom of expression, putting the player in control of the ultim... Click To Read More About This Product
The prodigious Van Gogh (both sizable and marvelous) is for the woodwind artist ready to experience a unique approach that facilitates freedom of expression, putting the player in control of the ultimate sound. Neutral in tone, the Van Gogh responds to simple adjustments that help the player paint exactly the musical picture he or she wishes to share with the audience. Lively and strong for the colorful klezmer piece, passionate and dark for the most demanding orchestral piece, smooth and sweet for a jazzy love song, the Van Gogh is a masterpiece of a ligature that can do it all.
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Comments about Rovner Van Gogh Ligature:
I use a few of these, but not the way Rovner recommends. See, they set it up in such a way that it covers the entire heel of the reed. I'm not sure what gave Rovner that idea, but it's a bad one. Lining the reed up with the table and rails is almost impossible, and whether you think the ligature matters or not, proper reed alignment is extremely important. That said, take them down to lower instruments with longer reeds and something happens. For a while, I was just using a regular old MkIII on my Runyon Quantum for tenor, but there was one session I was just nailing everything I did. My lows were easy and my altissimo just popped out. Lo and behold, without thinking I had accidentally grabbed an Eb clarinet-size Van Gogh I had lying around. As soon as I switched to the MkIII everything went back to normal, and I switched back to the Van Gogh and it was better again. Whatever is changing, it's very subtle, but it's definitely there for me. Seriously, I know this sounds ridiculous, and I wouldn't have believed it myself if I hadn't discovered it accidentally like that, but I've had the same experience with every other tenor piece I've tried save one. A Van Gogh for standard HR soprano pieces works nicely for a lot of small metal alto pieces (such as Bergs and Selmers), but unfortunately for larger pieces the length goes up on the clarinet/alto sizes to cover the whole heel and the alignment issue arises. You can custom-order the proper size in soprano length directly from Rovner if you REALLY want one. An Eb clarinet ligature works perfectly for tenor STMs, and it will fit or almost fit typical metal tenor pieces - if the ligature is a little too big you can line it with something (I cut strips of an old black t-shirt) on the sides or top to give it a grip, and contact cement it on if you like. I have yet to try a metal bari piece that won't take a standard HR alto lig, which is what I use, but for smaller ones one of the clarinet sizes will fit, and for larger, a tenor length one shouldn't even cover the whole heel of a bari reed (although I don't know what it will do). Perhaps someone from Rovner will see this and they'll adjust their sizing. In the meantime, I have no idea why these work so well for me, but I'll take it.