First Impressions: I really like the idea of a ligature without screws (not sure of the technical term) because it allows for fast changing of reeds if there is ever a need. You also don't have to worry about over-tightening the ligature. I was sent two different ligatures: a 2 ring and 3 ring one. I was surprised at how much one ring made a difference. The 2 ring lig made the sound feel brighter; the 3 ring ligature, on the other hand, seemed to dampen and darken my sound. I found that it took a while to get the ligature pushed on just right so that my reed wouldn't shift when I attempted to put the mouthpiece on my saxophone. But after getting the pressure just right, the reed wouldn't move around.
Design: The Saxotone SuperStak ligature is made up of either 2 or 3 wooden circles that are glued together to make the ligature. Since these are handmade and must be custom fitted to a certain mouthpiece, it takes a while to receive your ligature.
Cost: $64.99 for soprano, alto, tenor, bari, bass clarinet and clarinet through Jazz Web Shed
- Perfect fit since it is customized to your mouthpiece
- Can make your sound bright or dark depending on the amount of rings
- Easy reed changes since you only have to slide the ligature off
- Since it is custom built to your mouthpiece, if you have several mouthpieces, you may need several custom ligatures
- A bit pricey for those who aren't sure if they actually want it
- Takes a while to know how tight to push ligature
- Because of above point, if you push the ligature too tight, it can break