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    Default Charles Bay Ligature

    Very Ornate. Maybe even "Pimped Out", as the kids would say....

    so...

    ANYONE USE THEM? Like them? Hate them?

    Opinions, please?

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    Default Re: Charles Bay Ligature

    I used them on everything SATB and clarinets. I sold them all. They work well in practice but they stretch a lot, are very fragile and can break easily if you overtighten them. They also will scratch the mouthpiece badly unless you put a patch on the top ( very thin and sharp metal )
    They are very pretty but other than that I would say get a BG traditional or an Optimum which just work.

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    Default Re: Charles Bay Ligature

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Ward
    I used them on everything SATB and clarinets. I sold them all. They work well in practice but they stretch a lot, are very fragile and can break easily if you overtighten them. They also will scratch the mouthpiece badly unless you put a patch on the top ( very thin and sharp metal )
    They are very pretty but other than that I would say get a BG traditional or an Optimum which just work.
    Michael is correct, but I still think that they are great. They are really excellent on soprano and clarinet, IMHO but not so much on tenor.
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    I love my Bay. Best ligature I've ever used. About what Michael said, yes, you do have to be careful with them, but it's worth it. I haven't experienced any scratching on my mouthpiece, but that might not be a common thing. IMO, Bays are the best legit ligs.
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    I am pretty much on board with Michael as well. Best ligature I ever used, as far as response, but not worth the effort. Scratched the %^&* out of my mouthpiece and did not come with any kind of cap. I really like a cap that fits well. I find it essential when doubling and storing. Just can't live without a good, secure cap. Save your money.

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    Default Re: Charles Bay Ligature

    i like them a lot. your mouthpeice needs to have a flat table. if the table is flat they work great.

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    I have a bay ligature. Yes i would agree that you have to be careful with them but i've never had any scratches on my mouthpiece. I only have one for my Alto now and I'm considering making an upgrade on my soprano from my rovner to a Bay because i need a better ligature for classical stuff on soprano. I remember trying out ligatures at WWBW back in august and I tried like two or three and practically fell in love with the bay. Its like the best. I like how my tone sounds with it so much better than with a rovner or even a standard metal 2 screw ligature. I treat it so well i even have a little thing i keep the ligature in when im not using it with tissue paper in it to protect it when im not using it. So glad i made the upgrade to a bay

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    I used one for years for my classical alto playing, but have more recently switched to a Bonade (inverted) that I like better. For me there was something about the things I had to do to play the Albright Sonata (double-tongue, slap-tongue, very high altissimo) that the Bay did not seem to do well with.
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    They work very well. They are very vibrant and responsive. I used them for a long time and never had any problems or issues.

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    Great ligatures. I have 2-screw gold-plated Bays for soprano, alto, and tenor, and would recommend them to anyone. Fantastic response and clarity of articulation. I think the only thing better is a gold-plated BG Tradition ligature, and the difference is slight.
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    I have a clarinet & rubber tnr lig, each, that I'd sell.

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    I have a Bay ligature for clarinet. Love it! They are delicate but you have to be careful with handling. It's well worth it.

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