Lifetimes and even generations are expected of the best instruments.
Let now the Silverstein Ligature become a part of those guarded expectations you reserve for the most important components of your journey.

Moisture Control

The first ever ligature with the ability to retain water, the Silverstein Ligature can actually be wet or soaked before mounting to provide moisture to your reed, helping to keep it wet longer during any performance.

Fine Tuners

The only ligature with a Fine Tuning System on the ligature itself. The Fine Tuner bars will change how the ligature responds to the vibrations of the reed, subtly fine-tuning the focus and color of your sound and giving you unprecedented control and flexibility.

Harmonic Partials

The difference can be seen in comparison tests that clearly show the more defined harmonic partials of the Silverstein Ligature, indicating a richer, fuller sound. No other ligatures can make that claim.


The unique cord allows the Silverstein Ligature to minimize the surface contact necessary to hold a reed while still remaining acoustically neutral. By minimizing surface contact the Silverstein Ligature allows the reed to vibrate more freely, enhancing its natural qualities and giving you the purest sound possible.


Each Ligature is hand made in the USA using the finest materials. The custom cord is created with the same technology and manufacturing process as the cords used on the “Sky Crane” that lowered the Mars Rover onto the surface of another planet.

Lifetime Warranty

The Silverstein Ligature comes with a limited lifetime warranty. The Ligature was designed, engineered, and crafted to be precise; to be with you throughout your journey.

The Ligature
Free the reed.


The right instrument can be your ship; the right mouthpiece, its captain. Reeds can be the great wind in your sails and still, if those sails are found wanting your journey may yet waver.The Silverstein Ligature has several special features that are unique to its eye-catching form. The patented design is such that the Ligature covers a minimum amount of surface area on the reed, while still being able to maintain an incredibly firm grip. The Tension Adjustment pulls up (rather than just pinching the sides like most other ligatures) and the remarkable design allows the tension to ease throughout the cord evenly over time. The result is the purest sound formed from the natural vibrations of the reed.

The custom engineered cord meanwhile is designed to facilitate the natural vibrations without adding to them in any way, and the core has been constructed and quality tested to never stretch.

Beauty unleashes the beast.


The eye-catching design of the Silverstein Ligature does more than just attract attention. Its form is a minimalistic approach to the concept and purpose of a ligature’s function.From the grand concept of liberating a reed’s natural vibrations, to the execution of the Ligature that does that and more, this is a machine worth your attention.

The ligature for perfectionists.


The Silverstein Ligature was designed to give players the purest sound, to accompany musicians with the support and dedication they and their instruments deserve.The self-adjusting design adjusts itself and conforms to your mouthpiece over time, actually getting even better and growing with you.

Use the patented Fine Tuner Bars on the sides of the Ligature for unprecedented control. Moving the bars up and down will change the color and focus of your sound. No other ligature allows such an easy one-touch adjustment for the perfectionist in you.

The Moisture Retention feature provides real constant moisture directly to your reed. Soaking the Ligature before mounting can help reduce reed warpage during a performance by more than 50%, and helping your reeds last twice as long.

The unique features of the Silverstein Ligature were designed with the perfectionist musician in mind and is a true innovation. The bar has been raised; rethink what you knew to be truth about your sound and find out what the very best have begun to notice. Cutting edge technology with a delicate touch that truly amplifies your style, the Silverstein Ligature is the ultimate realization of what a ligature can and should do.

The difference is real. Know what it means to truly free the reed.


Here is a detailed product review published on July, 2014 edition of CASS magazine by Clarinet & Saxophone Society of Great Britain.

The authors, Mr. Leslie Craven (the principal clarinetist of Welsh National Opera) and Mr. Robert Watson (the Senior Lecturer, Electronic Engineering, University of South Wales) have challenged against each and every claim on our marketing Brochure. He also compared Silverstein Ligature to other legacy ligatures.

See what he found here.
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The Models
The Silverstein Ligature is available in a wide variety and is designed to fit any mouthpiece you may have.

Standard Saxohpone Models:

Standard Clarinet Model:

Bb Clarinet (All styles)

Custom Hand-Made Models:

Baritone Saxophone
Eb Clarinet
Bass Clarinet
Any custom mouthpiece
Any vintage mouhtpiece

Our engineers and staff are standing by to make sure you have the perfect sized ligature to last you a lifetime.

The Silverstein Ligature comes in 4 luxurious colors.

Classic Silver is the original chrome-plated ligature, the one that started it all.

Carbon Black, Titanium Grey, and Diamond Gold were created to offer more options to compliment your instrument. They are created with a lighter alloy and a scratch-resistant PVD coating used by the finest Swiss watchmakers.

Every Silverstein Ligature comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty.



Picking a Size
Using the Sizing Charts

There are separate Sizing Charts for the Saxophone and Clarinet. Click on the appropriate link on the right according to your instrument.

Try to first find your mouthpiece make and model to see which Silverstein Ligature Model will fit.

If your particular mouthpiece is not on the list, you can measure your mouthpiece dimensions to figure out which model will be best for you. Measure the diameter (using a Caliper) or the circumference (using a tape measure) on the thickest part of the mouthpiece. Find your measurements in the sizing chart to see which Silverstein Ligature Model will fit.

If there is an overlap in your measurements, for example it seems to fit more than 1 size, we recommend you choose your specific instrument type and the smaller version.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your size, make sure to contact our support team!

Using the Customization Order Template

If you don’t have access to a Caliper for a tape measure, our Customization Order Template can help us determine your size as well:

To use the C.O.T., download the Template and the Sample Picture by clicking on the buttons at the right of the screen. Print out the Template, and place your mouthpiece straight on the grid. Simply snap 2 pictures from directly above the sheet of paper (like in the Sample picture), 1 with the mouthpiece on its bottom and 1 on its side, and send them to us at Our friendly engineers and staff will take care of the rest.

Silverstein Works also offers Customization options for those mouthpieces that are not offered as a standard size or may have been custom made. Baritone saxophones and custom or vintage mouthpieces for example can be created. The measurements and COT allows us to measure your mouthpiece in a variety of ways. Contact us if you have any questions!


Loosen the Tension Adjustment screw at the top of the Ligature by a few turns before sliding it in place over the mouthpiece of your instrument. The Ligature is naturally tapered to fit the mouthpiece: the side with three cords goes on your mouthpiece first, and the side with two cords should be facing towards your mouth. The Tension Adjustment should be at the top of your mouthpiece, with only the cords covering your reed. When you are playing, the Silverstein Works logo on the Ligature should be on your left.The Ligature can be mounted Straight or on a Slant.

Straight Mounting

with the Tension Adjustment directly at the top of the mouthpiece. Also try adjusting the Fine Tuner bars on the sides of the Ligature to subtly change the color, tone, and focus of your sound.

Slant Mounting

with the Tension Adjustment off to one side. This has no side effects on your set-up and will not affect your sound in any way. A number of professionals, including David Liebman and Jerry Bergonzi, mount their Silverstein Ligatures on a slant. Some prefer the sound, while other do it to keep it away from their nose.


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