» Instructions for use of the JLV Ligature

Instructions for use of the JLV Ligature

Instructions for use of the JLV Ligature

The main parts of the ligature




The JLV Ligature is compose of two main parts : 

  • A : The belt
  • B : The base




The ligature have a meaning




The base consists of two parts : 

  • C : Rear pads, shortest part
  • D : Front pads, longest part

It is advisable to place the reed on the mouthpiece before positioning the ligature.




Adjusting the JLV Ligature on the reed



The reed in details : 

  • E : Declination
  • F : Stock

The location of the front pads of the ligature on the reed can change everything to a millimeter, there is not a single position :

  • G : Most advanced position on the declination, sound amplitude is tightening
  • H : Most recessed position on the declination, harmonics are released
  • I : Exception for Bb & A / Eb clarinets models and soprano saxophone ebonite and metal mouthpieces




The role of the screws and the pliers


The ligatures are adjusted for standard mouthpieces sizes, usually, only the belt screw needs to be manipulated  :

  • J : Belt screw, allows to tighten the belt around the mouthpiece once positioned, the less you tighten, the more you release the harmonics
  • K : Nuts, to lock the side screw
  • L : Side screw, allow to adjust the ligature to particular mouthpiece sizes. Both screw must be symmetrically tightened or loosened
  • M : Base screw, it holds the base on the belt, it must remain tight to the maximum,
  • N : Pliers
  • O : Location to tighten the nuts (and the small base of the screw for Bb & A / Eb clarinets and soprano saxophone)
  • P : Location to tighten the base of the screw




Setting up the mouthpiece on the neck or barrel


The mouthpiece must be inserted on the saxophone neck or clarinet barrel without taking it in the palm of the hand :

  • Q : Landmark, to hold your mouthpiece without touching the ligature when adjusting it on the neck or barrel
  • R : Cork (saxophone neck or clarinet mouthpiece), it must be perfectly sanded to avoid forcing. For this, we advise you to get closer to your repair shop




Adaptation of ligature for left-handed / right-handed


All ligatures are mounted right-handed, you can reverse the direction of the base after unscrewing the base screw with the pliers :

  • S : Position for right-handed
  • T : Position for left-handedbelt screw left




Placing the mouthpiece cover on the ligature



For set up the mouthpiece cover, insert the pins in the two rings of the ligature :

  • U : Spigots of mouthpiece cover
  • V : Rings of the ligature
  • W : The covering part of the mouthpiece cover

The foam behind the covering part must be in contact with the mouthpiece. For particular mouthpiece sizes, you can reduce or enlarge the angle, for this you must put the mouthpiece cover on a flat surface and lightly press or pull the covering part.



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