Hi all, just had delivered my new 'Vandoren Optimum ligature' to complete my new Alto set-up,very impressive finish all round nicely engineerd,I wanted a lig that was single screw and had the tightening edges on the reed area, not the top of the m.p. where it usualy scratches it (yes I know I am fussy) what I like about this lig is the quick tightening of the reed by turning the screw, (it seems geared for a fast tightening) the thread has a left and right hand to it, so it pulls across the reed evenly from both sides! there are 3 removable plates that come with it, as you can see in the pics, they have different surfaces 1 has 4 dots that touch the reed, 2 has 2 width ways ridges, and no3 has 2 ridges running the length of the mp, I have only used the lenghways one at the moment, and linked up to my new Meyer Phil-Tone 5 mp fits and sounds supurb.One thing which at first seemed awkward was removing the plate for the 1st time, it seemed impossible to do? But there is a knack, once mastered works every time, but dont force too much as you could distort the ligature (and at £71.00) is a bad mistake. It looks like a genuine gold plate on brass,and comes with a nice plastic cap...yes nice plastic, it can be.... the outside of the cap has a sort of rubbery feel to it and it fits nice and tight on the lig.Overall a very well made, some versitile tone options,Quick to take on and off(one hand!) and a good hugging fit to the mp. very pleased.