Review from Tod Kerstetter – Professor of Clarinet at Kansas State University and Board Member of the International Clarinet Association

First of all, the ligature produces an amazingly clear sound. The best manifestation of this is that I find more reeds are playable, as the ligature reduces stuffiness in the tone.

I am attaching two images from from the Spektroskop sound spectrum analyzing app that I use on my iPad. One image shows the image of a throat A, with a good “resonance” fingering, played with my Vandoren leather ligature that I normally use. The next is with the Silverstein ligature.

You will note that there is a nice bump in the presence of overtones between about 3K and 8K on the Silverstein. I think this accounts for my perception of a “clearer” tone. The Vandoren leather ligature, it appears, serves to “darken” the sound of lighter reeds. When I first started played the Silverstein, my sound felt a little on the bright side in comparison. However, since I can now play more resistant reeds while retaining center and clarity of tone, I really like the results on the Silverstein! It just requires a different reed and getting used to a slightly different “feel.”

 

 

Vandoren Leather

Vandoren Leather

Silverstein

Silverstein

 

Review on CASS (Volume 39, No. 2. Summer 2014)

The most challenging yet rewarding thing about creating a product for Professional Musicians is the level of expertise with which you are examined. The Silverstein Ligature has now been reviewed in CASS ( Clarinet & Saxophone Society of Great Britain). Every facet of this innovative piece of machinery has been put to the test by some of the most celebrated and accomplished woodwind instrumentalists. Their professionalism and objective observations are incredibly appreciated and respected by Silverstein Works, and we hope to rise to those expectations of all musicians everywhere.

Clarinet & Saxophone Society of Great Britain

“What Gives You a Real Buzz?”

 

by Leslie Craven and Robert Watson

Leslie Craven, Principal Clarinetist of the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera and one of Britain’s most accomplished clarinetists, takes an in-depth and technical look at the perceived differences in sound of the Silverstein Ligature. His independent study, prompted by his own curiosity, compares several different well-known ligatures as objectively as possible with some interesting results.

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“Subjective responses of the Silverstein clarinet ligature indicate that it gives a far “richer” sound than other ligatures and that adjustment of the side-bars alter the “focus” of the sound.

It is the purpose of this report to remove the subjectivity of a human listening experience by examining the spectral response of the clarinet under controlled conditions (as far as possible) using a range of different ligatures. A critical comparison of the responses of commonly available ligatures can then be made against the Silverstein model.”

 

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Review by de Klarinet Magazine

“Silverstein Rietbinder”

 Silverstein Ligature, by Marc Nederhoff

English translation:

“I have spent the past two weeks testing this new ligature for the magazine ‘de klarinet’. I was actually skeptical about the impact a ligature might have because I have a number of ligatures and never really noticed a big difference between them. Now that I’ve used Silverstein Ligatures in different settings for two weeks (solo, harmony, clarinet ensemble, small and large space), I can say the ligature does what the Silverstein Works website promises (www.silversteinworks.com).

The ligature is actually a modern version of the “old” string. The cord used was developed for use in space and is very sturdy. It runs in five loops over the reeds and is tightened by the screw on top. The metal portion of the binder makes contact only at two small, rubber-padded points on the mouthpiece. The two bars to the side of the nozzle can be shifted.

All well and good, but how does it sound now? I can only say one thing here: amazingly well. It seems that the reed vibrates more freely causing more color in the tone. Much freer; my current ligature (Rovner Versa) sounds much softer and slightly sharper, and the other ligatures in my possession do not get the timbre of the Silverstein Ligature. What I did not expect is that the position of bars on the side would really have an influence. You can shift them closer or farther away from the reed for different focus and better projection.

To rule out that it is a matter of feeling, I played for a number of people (not just clarinetists) without telling them when I played with the ligature. All of them concluded the new Silverstein Ligature has a nicer sound.

I’ve the ligature for two weeks on trial and should really send it back to the supplier, www.rietenwinkel.nl, but I’m not gonna do it. This continues to sit nicely on my mouthpiece!”

by Marc Nederhoff

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Original article:

“Ik heb de afgelopen twee weken deze nieuwe rietbinder mogen testen voor het tijdschrift ‘de klarinet’. Was eigenlijk wel sceptisch over de invloed van een rietbinder omdat ik er al een aantal gebruikt heb en nooit echt een groot verschil heb gemerkt. Nu ik hem twee weken heb gebruikt in verschillende settings (solo, harmonie, klarinet ensemble, kleine en grote ruimte) kan ik niet anders zeggen dan: de rietbinder doet wat ze op de website van Silverstein Works beloven.

De binder is eigenlijk een moderne uitvoering van het ‘oude’ touwtje. Het koord dat gebruikt wordt is ontwikkeld voor de ruimtevaart en is dus zeer stevig. Het loopt in vijf lussen over het riet en wordt aangespannen door de schroef boven op. Het metalen deel van de binder maakt maar contact op twee kleine, met rubber beschermde, punten op het mondstuk. De twee balkjes aan de zijkant van het mondstuk kunnen verschoven worden.

Allemaal leuk en aardig maar hoe klinkt het nou? Ik kan hier maar een ding op zeggen: verbazingwekkend goed. Het lijkt er op dat het riet veel vrijer kan trillen waardoor er meer kleur in de toon zit. Mijn huidige binder (Rovner Versa) klinkt veel gedempter en iets scherper, en ook de andere binders in mijn bezit halen het niet qua klankkleur bij de Silverstein. Wat ik ook niet verwacht had is dat de positie van balkjes aan de zijkant invloed zouden hebben op de toon. Niets is minder waar. Als je ze richting het riet verschuift trilt het riet iets minder vrij maar gecontrolleerder en wordt de focus en projectie beter.

Om uit te sluiten dat het een kwestie van gevoel is heb ik voorgespeeld voor een aantal mensen (niet alleen klarinettisten) zonder te vertellen wanneer ik op welke binder speelde. Allemaal vonden ze de nieuwe binder een mooiere klank hebben.

Ik heb de binder voor twee weken op proef en moet hem eigenlijk terug sturen naar de leverancier (http://www.rietenwinkel.nl) maar dat ga ik dus niet doen. Deze blijft mooi op mijn mondstuk zitten!”

 

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