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Marc Jean saxophone ligature
Today I took delivery of my new Jean Marc soprano sax ligature, and have just been giving it a play with my usual set up of BW Bronze Curvie, Berg Larsen 70/1 ebonite and Marca 2.5 reeds. Having focussed a lot on soprano over the last few weeks, and preferring the sound of my Selmer 1 screw metal lig over my Vandoren Masters metal lig, I was quite amazed at the sound resulting from the JM metal ligature.

The sound was immediately more 3 dimensional, unbelievably tuneful and had a beautifully resonant tone too. It was so much easier to produce a sound than previously - quite effortless - and I continue to be amazed at how good the BW is.

I read Steve Neffs online review and some of the comments on SOTW, and have to concur with the results found. The ligature looks not unlike the Vandoren Optimum, is a one screw unlacquered metal ligature and has two thin, aparallel wooden structures built in to the part that holds the reed. Apparently Jean, whose main occupation is as an instrument repairer in Montreal, Canada, has done a lot of research into the physics of sound production and developed his ligature accordingly. His ligatures are custom made and he will ask what particular mouthpiece you use before selecting the right ligature design.

The ligatures cost 65 Canadian Dollars + 10 shipping (approx £45 in total). Mine arrived by post, with no VAT, import duty or anything to pay.

Jean does also make a Custom ligature for the PPT (someone in Canada commissioned it), and also for Link STM's.
So, an excellent product in my opinion that eclipses both the other metal ligatures I normally use.
 
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Pete Thomas

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PPT Baritone:

A1 32.8
A2 27.5
B1 34.4
B2 30.8

This is based at front and rear edges of a GF lig that’s 30.3. placed more or less centrally between where the beak ends and where the shank starts. I was just checking, the earlier ones are only very slightly smaller.

can't really compare to DHM's measurements as it does depend on width and position of lig.
 

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Two months? Is that the current waiting list?

This wasn't a stock item; I don't think he'd made a ligature for the PPT baritone before: “After making 3 ligatures and purchasing a mouthpiece that has measurements close from your PPT, I will be able to complete your order this week.”
 

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guess I need to order one then...
help make it worth his while..
 

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guess I need to order one then...
help make it worth his while..

"Your ligature was the first one of this model."

He asked for pictures to check the fit. In case anyone's interested I've put them here.

[edit] My apologies: Marc Jean says he's going to modify the design—having seen the pictures—so I've removed the link.
 
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Petlyn

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Do these super ligatures make your fingers go faster too ??
 

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