I am currently looking in to buying a new ligature, tomorrow in fact. My decision is torn between the Bay, and the Vandoren Optimum. I have tested an Optimum and I really liked how it changed my sound (much darker than a stock lig). But a sax professor I know, put Bay at the top of his list. I know I should probably test the 2 of them tomorrow, but I would like to hear some 2nd opinions on the matter. I'm using a Selmer S80 C* mouthpiece.