The Marc Jean Ligature

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Ligature Marc Jean

Welcome.

Our second generation of Marc Jean Ligatures have been improved in many ways. The sound enlargement generated by the very thick piece of grenadilla wood (clarinet wood) replacing the 2 wooden sticks is phenomenal.

The amplification of natural harmonics is comparable to the use of a double reed.

On the new Marc Jean ligature II, the piece of grenadilla wood is
adding 60 % of mass to your reed multiplying the reflection of the
tone and harmonics by as much.

The new ligature model was designed to enable the reed to vibrate
even more freely. As a result, there is less resistance when blowing
into the instrument and less air is required to produce the sound.
Low notes can be played effortlessly at a whisper and a larger,
richer tone results.

The Marc Jean ligature II generates a very dark, warm and very open
sound which is more powerful than ever. You will notice an even
emission in all registers, ever more free blowing and surrounded by a
multitude of rich harmonics.

Some pro players reported being able to reach 3 and 4 new higher notes when using this new ligature.

Even beginning students notice a difference with traditional ligatures. They don't have to force as much to play in all registers and they enjoy the fuller sound.

The precision obtained by our new CNC router guaranties a perfect symmetry on every piece of wood.

The screw section is now a one screw type and additional material was added to increase the vibration of the reed that was already outstanding.

You now have the choice between 11 different styles of ligatures for the same mouthpiece. Our WOODSTOCK version is nicely engraved and offered in the following finishing’s:
    • W B = Brass brushed satin finish Un-Lacquered
    • W U = Highly polish Un-Lacquered brass (gold color)
    • W 10M = Satin silver-plated finish - brass brushed (Like the Conn 10M Sax)
    • W S = Silver plated
    • W G = 14 K Gold plated

Our Luxury ¨ARTISTRY¨ version is a Woodstock with engraving on the metal band plus a fancy wood trim on our big piece of grenadilla wood. A jewel piece. They are available in:

    • AR B = Brass brushed satin finish Un-Lacquered
    • AR U = Highly polish raw brass (gold color)
    • AR 10M = Satin silver plated finish (Like the Conn 10M)
    • AR S = Silver plating
    • AR G = 14 K Gold plating
    • AR C = Same as AR G plus your initials or logo engraved (limited space). Please call or email us to order this finish

My goal was to create the most performing and most beautiful ligature and I am told that we have succeeded. The comments received are unanimously enthusiastic.

Notice: The cap is not included. We are still working on its new concept.

My warranty is total. I will refund in full on returned ligatures if you are not totally enthusiastic *.

Many thanks. Marc

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When ordering, you will need to provide the following information for your mouthpiece:
    1) The instrument (sax or clarinet),
    2) The make of the mouthpiece,
    3) The model,
    4) The material (hard rubber, crystal, metal).

You also need to choose the desired finish. From all the sound comparisons we did, and there were many on many horns, with different players:
    The B and U models : unlacquered raw brass, either satin finished (B) or polished (U): Sounded dark, full with volume and very free blowing.
    The G model; gold plated (G): Sounded the best, round, full and rich.
    The S model silver plated (S): Sounded brighter with some edge. Great to play with electric instruments-band-
Note that brass has a natural gold color.

Marc Jean Ligatures Price List     Click here to order
All prices are in US Dollars (USD).
 Satin FinishedUn-LacqueredSatin SilverSilver PlatedGold Plated
Ligature - Woodstock
96.6$
113.51$
120.75$
137.66$
161.81$
Ligature - Artistry
120.75$
132.83$
144.9$
156.98$
181.13$
Packing: Clear plastic box with printed label

Shipping Charges
Geographical areaRegular Mail
(No Tracking)
Regular Mail
(With Tracking)
Expedited Mail (with
limited warranty and tracking)
North America7$13$ (*)16$
Europe13$46$ (*)50$
South America13$46$ (*)50$
Asia13$46$ (*)60$
Russia13$46$ (*)60$

(*) Not available to all countries. Please call or email us to verify availability.


Other Sales Conditions:
No taxes for customers outside of Canada. Your country may charge import taxes.
Musique de Marc is not responsible for the mail service outside Canada. We will mail you the copy of the customs form and the proof of shipment from Canada Postal Service. In case of a delivery problem, we will do our best to resolve any issue.

It is the customer's responsiblity to deal with his/her country's postal service.

Warranty policy:
It never happened with our new improved model but if a wooden stick falls off, we will fix it for free.
It is returnable. The restocking fee is only 5$, free if none of our models fits. The shipping back fee is also at your charge.
Never send items back by UPS, Purolator, Fed ex or any other private transporter.

Payment: We accept Paypal payments. We also accept Visa, Master Card and Money orders. If you wish to pay by credit card, please call us at 1 418 738-2623 to give us the necessary information (credit card number, expiration date, etc).
For Paypal payments, a Paypal Payment Request will be emailed to you and a Paypal invoice can be sent upon request.

Make sure to give us your complete shipping address.

 

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Some comments from our customers

Steve Hoskins
 Bravo, maestro! I just received a gold-plated clarinet ligature today by Canada Post. In appearance, it is deceptively simple in design. It fit my mouthpiece perfectly, in spite of the fact I play an unusually slim-line vintage mouthpiece. Thanks to Emmanuel's patient and personal communication, I was able to specify the exact size I needed. The sound - this is a revelation - the entire instrument seems to vibrate and resonate unlike anything I've experienced before. There is new evenness of timbre throughout the rage of the instrument; articulation seems easier and more precise. Older reeds seem to get a second life. High notes (Bb, B and high C) pop out effortlessly without ugliness. Thanks for creating such a wonderful ligature. Steve Hoskins Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Peter Smith, UK
 Hi Marc Just let you know I received my ligature from Richard Hamer at South Wales Woodwind, I am delighted with it, the sound and response is brilliant. The quality is better than I expected and it is so easy blowing. I would like to thank you for your quick action in sorting my complaint out regarding my earlier model ligature. I have put a review on a forum for sax players saying how I am so pleased that I purchased this ligature, once again thank you for your fairness and help. Kind Regards Peter Smith

Kevin Bene
 Hello, Just want to say how much I have been loving your ligature. The most open and free, yet focused ligature I have tried to date! Thank you so much for your hard work. I have reviewed your ligature on my Youtube channel, thought I would share https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SB7PS_MOvc Thank you! Kevin Bene

Jerry Bergonzi
 It is a fantastic ligature. I wish Marc a big success. Happy New Year

Comments about our 2nd Generation Models
 The following comments have been made in regard of the Ligature II, the second generation models that we are currently producing.

Steve Neff
 Excerpts from an article he wrote: 

  "In each of these comparison tests, the Marc Jean ligature sounded more spread but also more interesting and full of character I think."

  "The true test for me is trying to play above altissimo Eb. That is usually the highest note I can get easily but with the Marc Jean II ligature I can indeed get above that altissimo Eb much easier than with other ligatures. I was just playing it and I could get up to altissimo E and F with no problems whatsoever. Believe it or not!"

"Every time I talk about ligatures and the differences I perceive I usually get scolded by someone out there that doesn’t believe a ligature can have any affect at all. I believe I hear and even feel a positive difference when using the Marc Jean II Ligature."

Read the full article by clicking here.

Dr. Jeff Bair, Director of Jazz Studies, ECU School of Music
 Marc, I just wanted to let you know how much I've enjoyed playing on my new ligature! The projection, focus, and depth of sound I get using it are exceptional. Also, I noticed you sent me the engraved model even though I didn't pay for it, thanks! I will definitely be recommending this great new ligature to my colleagues!

Mark Sepinuk, 10M Fan Mouthpiece maker
 I have been using mine for a few weeks now and it is fantastic on my 10MFAN hard rubber mouthpieces! Beautiful craftsmanship and passion from my friend. Thank you so much for all you do. Big hugs,

Bob Sheppard, Los Angeles, USA
 Hello Marc, I had an early Christmas! Thank you for sending your new design. I am testing it out, it plays very even and responsive but it seems a bit dark. Wondering if the wood rails are thicker than needed? […] Hi Marc, Yes indeed, that was the first thing I tried and it did help [moving it up or down the reed]. It still is on the dark side but good dark, not dead.

Tim Price, pro sax player, USA
 Hi Marc Jean, I played the new ligature you sent Ted Klum - EXCELLENT. The one for a hard rubber alto sax mouthpiece in Silver... are they for sale yet? Great amazing sound and quality, Marc!

Sebastian Knox
 Everybody loves your lig! Sebastian Knox, Mouthpiece refacer, Toronto, Canada, formally at Ted Klum MPC

Ted Klum. Ted Klum Mouthpieces LLC
 (Taken over the phone) Hi Marc. This is awesome, man… What did you do there? This is the best ligature I have ever play. Everything is there, so much harmonics! It is fantastic! Thanks man! I will call you back .

Doug Lawrence, Professional tenor sax player, USA
 Hi Marc Jean and Ted Klum, The ligatures did indeed arrive! The single screw ligature works perfectly on "The London Model" Ted has made me. It sounds great! What a ligature! Just fantastic! I will send the other two ligs you included back to you tomorrow Marc. Thank you so much again for sending these to me. Cheers, Doug Lawrence http://www.douglawrencejazz.com http://www.basieband.com http://www.coasttocoastjazz.com

Mark Sepinuck from 10MFan Mouthpiece, USA
 Your Ligatures are phenomenal and I highly recommend them to all my buyers. They work so beautifully on my mouthpieces and I could not be happier! Thank you for your beautiful work. All the best, Mark

Richard Hawkins, Famous clarinet Mouthpiece Maker, USA
 Dear Marc, I wanted to thank you for the custom ligature you sent me. It is beautiful! I really liked the sound of it. I appreciated the custom RH on it too! Very impressive and warmed my heart. It is a bit too large in diameter for my mouthpiece and reed combination as I also use Legere reeds. I had one of my greatest students play it yesterday and it was an immediate improvement for him and so he is using it on his recital here this weekend. He mentioned that it also played more of his reeds immediately. Bravo to you on your outstanding work! You’re the best and thank you again,

Will Schmit
 Got it! Love it❤️

Pete Gemmell
 Salut Marc, I received the 2 ligatures almost 2 weeks ago. They are marvelous. Here's some thoughts I have about them. My sound is there right away on all reeds. When there is a problem with a reed I seem to know what it is right away and am able to address it. I find that I'm able to play softer with control of the tone. There is more flexibility in my sound, color and dynamic. My range has magically expanded. High notes pop out easily and low notes are like butter, silky smooth. Everything is more fun to play. Thank you.

Tim Tolber, USA
 I love the tenor ligature I purchase for my Jody Jazz. The sound is much warmer and richer.

Luc Robillard, Vermont, USA
 (English translation below) WOW!!! Mon ténor n'a jamais eu ce son riche. Je peux jouer doux/subtone, et je peux pousser comme jamais je n'ai fait. Et le son du ténor ronronne richement. Ma femme s'en est aperçu tout de suite. Tu avais raison. Je te reparle vers la fin de la semaine prochaine après avoir mis des heures à jouer. Merci infiniment. Je n'en reviens pas comme le son est bon. Translation : WOW!!! My Tenor never had as full of a sound. I tried it this morning before leaving for Baltimore. I’ll be back next Tuesday; I can’t wait to play it so much more. I can play soft / subtone as much as I can push like never before. And the Tenor always purrs wonderfully. Even my wife heard it right away. You were right. Infinite thanks. I still can’t believe how much it sounds good.

Michael Angelle, USA
 Hello, I received the new Marc Jean ligature for alto yesterday day and played it on my Phil Tone Rift mouthpiece. The ligature is very, very nice! It is free blowing with a great feel. Thanks.

Jos Weeland, Netherland
 Hi Marc Jean, I am very satisfied with both my new ligatures, they are very responsive, even in the altissimo register. Good job!!! Thanks again,

Miguel Fernández, Sax On (Music Store), Spain
 Hi Marc, The ligature just arrived this morning. First impression is awesome, it really potentialized the mouthpiece sound acoustics. It is a pitty we will live so far away from each other, everything would be easier! Best!

Gene Ervin, USA
 Hi I have received the new ligature and I really like it a lot. I could hear the difference in sound from the first note I played using the new ligature. Thanks much!

Dr. Gregory Alper, Director of Alper Music School.
 Hi Marc, I left you a phone message as soon as I got the Lig about how much I love it. Played it yesterday on a gig. I see why people say it's very dark. It is very dark. I actually had been wishing my present mouthpiece would be a little darker - now it is! Looking forward to experimenting with it more today. […] I am extremely happy with the new ligature. There are so many benefits. Reed speaks quickly, rich overtones. I love that I can control my sound from bright to dark with placement. It works well high, middle and low on the reed so it's now a matter of choice and not necessity. More reeds work well. Love the sound and the response. Plus it looks so cool. Thank you! Thanks for making these great products.

Dustin Cicero, USA
 I have received my new ligature, gave it a test drive today and of course I love it!!

John Ellis, USA
 Hi Marc, Got the ligature for my tenor. Only played it a little, but really sounding good.

Chris Savage, Montréal, Canada
 As I have told many fellow sax players, I never thought a ligature could make such a difference , until I played Marc`s lig, hard to put into words , for myself I found the sound much fuller , the sound richer, more complex, well worth the investment,

Fernando Martuscelli, Grilo Musical (Brazilian Music Store).
 Marc, the ligature just arrived. I am breathless and without words to express my gratitude. But I published a first comment on the Facebook. Thank you for the unforgettable gift. […] Clarinet and saxophone players of the whole world. An outstanding day, a day to remember. My friend Marc Jean built a jewel to me. I always doubt if I say that he is a luthier, a goldsmith and I always think that he is a dreamsmith. He made one ligature, with an engraving worth of the ancient engravers of France and United States, plated with gold. Perfect proportions, a flawless reedplate carved in a precious wood. And with the kindness of the great Masters, Marc Jean engraved the logo of my company, Grilo Musical. Our company focus on quality and, due to this, we cross the world as music hounds, looking for items that aren't necessarily the cheaper ones, but always a fair price. So, if a product is in our list it is because of its quality. Some things, few ones, go far away the border of goodness. It is like molasses, that is wonderful and the maple syrup of Canada, that is almost divine. If you are a clarinetist you will understand what I say, there is a constellation on my mind, with few stars, but only the most shining ones: the original barrels made by W. Hans Moennig and the original mouthpieces of Henri Chedeville. To this constellation I add the Marc Jean ligatures, but glad to see the shining star of Marc Jean alive with us. Congratulations Marc Jean. Merci beaucoup pour tout.

Patrice Foudon
 (English translation below) Bonjour Marc Jean, j'ai acheté ta ligature pour ténor chez Christophe Devillaire à Lyon. Bravo, beau travail ! Très homogène et polyvalente. Translation : Hello Marc Jean, I bought your ligature for Tenor at Christophe Devillaire’s in Lyon. Congratulations, good work! Very homogenous and polyvalent.

Rino Bélanger, Trois-Pistoles, QC. Canada (comments taken on the spot)
 (English translation below) J’ai l’impression que le bois de ma clarinette est d’une plus grande densité. Le ¨pitch¨ demeure précis. Il reste du timbre dans les aigus. Le son est uniforme sur tous les registres (pas de « zone morte »). Ça projette en ¨tabarnouche¨. Il y a plus de différences que je l’imaginais. C’est vraiment différent. Je l’achète. Translation : I feel like the walls of my clarinet are thicker. The pitch remains precise. There is a lot of tone in the high register. The sound is uniform throughout all the registers (there are no “dead” or “dull notes”). The sound comes out with much more power. The difference is much more significant than what I thought it would be. This is a whole new world. I’ll buy it.

Comments about our 1st Generation Ligature
 The following are comments that have been made about our previous ligature generation.

Fred Jackson Jr. Inglewood, California, USA
 Hi Marc, Hope things are back to normal with your shop, and that you are doing well. I received the 325 VC, and it fits the Ted Klum soprano piece perfectly. More importantly, focus, pitch, sound, evenness of cales... everything is much better with your ligature. I love the single screw! Have you consider a single screw version for ligatures in general? Wishing you continued success! Fred Jackson Jr.

Klaus Fischer, Germany
 Hi Marc, many thanks for sending the ligature that fast. It arrived in Germany only a couple of days after your confirmation of my order. After intense playing in the last two weeks I can summarise my impressions easily: I love it! It fits perfectly to my HR Navarro BBS tenor, is very easy to adjust and holds the reed really steady on the mouthpiece - no more readjusting after tuning. But more important: it opens up the sound and the response of the reed and mouthpiece is clearly improved. Mouthpiece, reed and ligature seem to be a real unit for the first time. The sound itself is not influenced that much, but the feel is much better, more comfortable and more direct at the same time. And beside that the ligature looks great, the workmanship is perfect. All in all it's an excellent product that helps to emphasise the characteristics of the mouthpiece without changing them. An investment that is worth each cent. Thank you very much once again. All the best to you and ongoing success. The world needs craftsmen and experts like you. Best regards from Germany, Klaus Fischer

Mario Lafrésière, Montauban, France
 bonjour Marc reçu les ligatures ce matin.....de vraies merveilles......excellente vibration. je sonne comme un tueur avec mon Mintzer....merci pour tout. pourrais je me servir des mêmes ligatures pour le Navarro Mintzer Bop Boy et le Navarro soprano? merci encore pour votre excellent travail cordialement Mario

Klaus Graf,
 Dear Marc The ligature you sent to me is great! A master student of mine is interested to buy one. His name is Markus Harm. He will contact you very soon. Kind of regards Klaus

Thomas Desch, Germany.
 Hi Marc, just want to let you know that I have got the ligature last week. I am very happy with it. Thanks a lot for this great piece of art. Best regards, Thomas

Tony White, Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA
 " My experience in dealing with Marc Jean from the beginning was an absolute pleasure. He is a total professional who cares deeply about is clients. He went out of his way to send me a number of ligatures until we found the right fit for my mouthpiece and I can say that his great work makes a big difference. Immediately after securing Marc Jeans ligature I could hear a difference in the depth of color and tone. Improved intonation and a much easier and smoother transition into the altissimo. I would highly recommend his products and I've already asked him to make me ligatures for my alto and soprano."

Another satisfied customer
 Hi Marc Jean, I'm a recent Humber College Jazz Major graduate & I've been searching for the perfect ligature for quite sometime. I just got one of your ligatures and I can truly say this is the ligature I've been searching for. I play a vintage Berg Larsen Tenor piece and this piece is extremely hard to find a ligature that a) fits well, & b) responds and has the colours I want. Yours fits like a glove, responds perfectly & has such beautiful colours! Excellent job, & I'll for sure be getting one for my Alto, & Soprano.

More comments on Sax On The Web
 http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?136009-New-Review-on-the-Marc-Jean-Saxophone-ligatures

Javier Gutierrez from Texas, USA
 Dear Marc, just writing a few lines to say that I'm very pleased with the Marc Jean Alto & Clarinet ligatures. I'm getting better response and a fuller sound on both instruments. Articulation on my clarinet seems more precise. I'm also pleased with the flute tone booster. Tone seems purer and I'm playing longer phrases. I'd like to order a ligature for my rubber Meyer Soprano Sax Mouthpiece if you have one; also a ligature for my metal Theo Wanne Tenor Sax mouthpiece. Please let me know if you have these ligatures! Merci Beaucoup! Javier

John Leclerc, Lincoln, Rhode Island, USA
 Marc, I received the ligature yesterday. I've been playing vintage gold plated and silverplated Harrison ligatures for over 30 years.. I wanted to take a little edge off my sound and recently switched to a Rovner dark ligature which is a nice ligature but it really affected my Altissimo register.. I am very happy to tell you that your ligature is really the best of both worlds.. The sound is clear, full, focused in all registers including altissimo and never too bright. Brilliant !

Skip Ragland, North Carolina. USA
 Dear Marc Jean, I received my new ligature from you today and I am delighted with it. I put it on a Morgan mouthpiece on my 50 year old Selmer Mark VI alto and the sax plays better than ever and that is saying something. You are amazing!! Thank you so much. I will be purchasing one for my Selmer Reference 36 tenor in the very near future. Regards, Skip Ragland

Bob Rosen, New York City. USA.
 Truly amazing. The Link plays beautifully from bottom of the horn to altissimo. I don't think I've ever felt a response like this from any mouthpiece ligature combination. Beautiful design and construction. Its not too heavy (Vandoren) and its not flimsy (Francois Louis), it doesn't dampen the upper partials (Rovner) and it looks like it won't fall apart (Bay). There, I've said it all. I should have gone into advertising! Will soon order soprano and clarinet versions. Happy New Year! best, bob rosen

Larry Ballow, New York, USA
 Wanted you to know the ligatures are fabulous. I am able to tell the difference in response on both the tenor and soprano. Thank you again, Larry Ballow

T. Casher, Massachusetts, USA
 Thank you for making this barrel for me. I shall enjoy it through many happy years of music making. It makes the clarinet so easy to play, and so well in tune. I am having such a good time with it! The barrel is the greatest! As are your ligatures! Note from Marc: This gentleman send me the bores of his mouthpiece and upper joint of his clarinet. A barrel was made at 63mm for him and the result is there. The fit of the bores are VERY important for tuning, equal harmonics speaking and an even projection of every notes.

John Lawson, United Kingdom
 Dear Marc Jean, I bought one of your soprano ligatures from Dick Hamer in South Wales (UK) and sent him an E'mail to say how delighted I was with it. His reply; tell Marc Jean, he likes to get feedback. It fits perfectly on my Theo Wanne Ghia mouthpeiece, which is not easy because it is a difficult shape and I found Theo's ligatures challenging to set the reed up with, although a superb mouthpiece. The result of this aquisition has been so good that I can get clearer high register notes and wonderful tone on the low ones. Thanks so much, and good luck with sales; you deserve it. kind regards, John.

Andrea Bonetti, Greece
 The ligs look great as usual. I have had only a short time to test them, but I can surely say that they allow for an amazing evenness of mission with, for example, easier jumps between high/lower notes; the reed seems to vibrate as free as possible. Response is very quick and clean. Palm notes sound fuller, less thin; lower notes come out like butter. Compared to the MK I Marc Jean model (which for me was already the best lig around), I find the MK II model a serious improvement. Thank you very much for all your efforts to offer me the best ligs around!

Rafael Navarro Mouthpieces
 Fantastic ligatures.

Adrian Sella, Australia
 Hi Marc, The lig arrived today. It fits the mouthpiece perfectly and sound great. Many thanks. Adrian

Alberto Stefanello, Leonberg, Germany
 Hi Mark, i tried for many hours and with many mouthpieces with different reeds and i can confirm that your ligature is The best of The best!!! I play on a metal mouthpiece and i was really impressed how the reed is very firm on the mouthpiece and at The same time vibrate very freely. Really a work of art.My best compliments. Mark. I compared the ligature with other famous brands and no one can be compared with your. Thank you very much Mark. All my best. Alberto Stefanello

Pounce J. TayLor, Louisiana, USA
 Mr. Jean, I am absolutely loving my new Marc Jean ligature. Previously, I played on a Rovner ligature, which gave me a much darker sound. With your ligature, my sound is clearer and much brighter, which I really like! I found it most beneficial to use it like a ring ligature. I have the screws open quite a bit, and just simply slide it up the mouthpiece until it's snug. Thank you for your wonderful product. Please feel free to use this email as a testimony on your website. Your satisfied customer, Pounce J Taylor

Bob Franceschini, Famous sax player in USA
 Hi, First of all, I want to congratulate you on an amazing ligature.. I was trying one out that my friend Anibal Rojas uses. I currently use a Selmer 404 (The reeds sometimes don't seal) It fits a tiny bit big. I almost close it down to where the 2 sides of the screw holes touch. So it is slightly narrower than the newer blanks as a far as I know, since the Selmer ligs fit a bit tighter on them. .. Rafy would have to give you the details.. I sometimes use a Winslow ( destroys the bark of the reeds). Rafy is one of my best friends. He has been raving about your work for a while, I just haven't gotten around to trying one of the ligatures.. Thank you, BF

Pounce J. Taylor, Laplace, Louisiana, USA
 Mr. Jean, I am absolutely loving my new Marc Jean ligature. Previously, I played on a Rovner ligature, which gave me a much darker sound. With your ligature, my sound is clearer and much brighter, which I really like! I found it most beneficial to use it like a ring ligature. I have the screws open quite a bit, and just simply slide it up the mouthpiece until it's snug. Thank you for your wonderful product. Your satisfied customer, Pounce J Taylor

Tim Malloch, Montréal
 C’est plus rapide et défini. Très apparent dans l’aiguë et même dans le grave.

Valérie Fortin
 Ça rend la flute plus facile à jouer.

Jeanne Blackburn
 Ça facilite l’émission de notes aiguës. J’en veux un.

Adrian Ravell, June 2014
 Hi Marc Just thought I'd let you know that I got the 2 ligs on Saturday and am using both of them today in a show in London's glorious West End ! They're really lovely things and seem to have smoothed out the responses of both the alto and, in particular, the tenor. Many thanks for the great work and I can see me ordering a few more from you in the not too distant future! All the best Adrian Revell

Zach Sollitto
 http://www.bestsaxophonewebsiteever.com/a-simple-yet-bold-new-approach-to-saxophone-ligatures/

Messaoud
 Like it a lot./Aime beaucoup

Dr. Walter Ruckdeschel, Germany
 Hi Marc, Finally the package arrived with the two ligatures. Just gave them a first try - and I'm totally in love! It's like somebody let the tone free compared to my VanDoren Optimum (on alto) and Rovner Versa (on tenor)! More harmonics, clearly better response in the low registry on tenor and better subtone-control, and a strong feeling of such a wide dynamic range, superior projection and awesome response. This is a really major upgrade to my setup and I get sad when thinking about years of playing without Your ligatures! Thank You very much and all the best wishes from Germany, Walter Dr. Walter Ruckdeschel

Mario Lombardi Montréal, Qc
 Hey Marc, Just received my ligature in the mail. Plays fantastically! Super psyched!!! Thanks!! - Mario

Thomas McKay, Australia
 Hi Marc, I actually feel a bit silly now - they arrived last Thursday! Sorry to bother you about it, I should have been more patient. It's actually amazing how much difference they have made to my sound, on my tenor the tone is incredibly clearer and the response has improved hugely. I need to try my alto one a bit more but so far I am an extremely happy customer! Thank you very Much! Regards, Thomas McKay

Roger Parsons from Southhampton UK
 Sorry I have not got back to you earlier but I have been very busy over the holiday period, I hope you had a good Charismas & new year, I managed to use the ligature quite a lot during the break and really like it, I originally wanted it for my new Rafael Navarro mouthpiece and have not been disappointed but I have also found it works very well on my old Otto Link HR piece, the ligature seems to really open up the sound, giving a more even tone with greater depth allowing the mouthpiece to reach its full potential.

Bradley Wagner, Ohio, USA
 Thank you so much. I went back out to Woodsys, and they had a silver clarinet model 110, not 111, and it did fit pretty good, and after trying the two they had, I couldn't hear or feel a difference between them, which was a great thing to discover, and I purchased one at random. I used it on a gig last night and it felt wonderful. The tone and articulation were clear and the whole horn felt easier to play, which was wonderful for a 3 hour gypsy jazz gig! I can't wait to use it in big bands and pit orchestras also. I will have to go back and try the saxophone versions they have since my main horns are saxophones. Thanks for your help. - Brad

Steve Lishman from California, USA
 Hi Mark, I received the new MJ ligature yesterday and just finished my first practice session with it on my Navarro BBS tenor mouthpiece. A wonderful ligature! Thanks again, Steve Lishman

Murphy Lo, from Hong Kong
 Dear Marc Kindly be advised that I have received the ligatures. It fits perfectly with my Via Coro mouthpiece leading to great & smooth sounds and better sub-tone control. Many thanks Murphy

Benoit Plourde. Directeur, Conservatoire de Rimouski
  Votre ligature, je l'ai adoptée. J'ai lu dans votre site les témoignages de nombreux musiciens. Et, ils disent tout à fait vrai ! Oui, votre ligature facilite les articulations. Oui, elle libère l'anche qui vibre librement. Et, avec le travail, le son gagnera en richesse sur toute l'étendue de l'instrument et dans toutes les nuances ! ________________________________ Grand merci et, au plaisir, Benoît Plourde, directeur Conservatoire de musique de Rimouski

Aleksander Paal, Estonia.
 Hello, Marc! I just want to let you know that the ligature has finally arrived! I have been using it a couple of days, I love it! The very first sound I got with it was such a relief. There is so much difference I can feel and hear in terms of articulation, focus, evenness and so forth. I will need 4-6 weeks of playing to really put everything in words, I promise you I will write to you again! Maybe I will make a video, too. Thank you for taking the time to make the ligature for me! All the best, Aleksander Paal

William Schmit, California, USA.
 Marc, got my lig today. You are a genius! I'm able to hit first three overtones on a brand new reed with the very first and subsequent efforts!

Elizabeth C. Bley
 

Andrea Bonetti. Italia. 2013
 Hello Marc, I received the ligatures, thank you very much. They are really the best ligatures I have played with. I need to search no further. They have such a great responsiveness! I was thinking of ordering one also in the size of a guardala tenor mouthpiece, but not yet. So don't send me the missing cap yet, you can send everything together. I will order the ligature once the Guardala (Sakshama makes it for me) will be ready in a couple of months. Thank you very much again! Kind Regards Andrea

Andreas Glimstrand. Sweden. Feb. 2013
 Hi. I am planing to buy 2 ligatures for my mouthpiece. One for my alto that is a Otto Link STM metal (transisional) and one for my tenor that is a Otto Link STM Florida metal. I want the Un-Lacquered ligature on bouth. I want to pay with PayPal and I live in Sweden. Can you please help me with a total cost on this purchase. I have bougth two ligatures from you before and are realy happy with them, they work perfect. Best regards Andreas

Claude Imbert. France. Fev. 2013
 Bonsoir Mr Marc Jean j'ai bien reçu les ligatures qui s'adaptent trés bien aux becs.J'ai pu me rendre compte de leur bénéfice pour un son plus centré, plus dense et une amélioration de la qualité des attaques.Dés demain je vais chercher leur positionnement idéal sur le bec merci cordialement claude imbert

Bill Harris, USA. Feb. 9, 2013
 Hi Marc The ligatures arrived a few days ago and are perfect fits and I love them! You are the best. I've got one more tenor piece that I'd like one for.... ... Let me know what you think and again thank you for these great ligatures! Best, Bill PS If you could send me some logo artwork I can put it up on my website...

Marc Rozec, France. Decembre 2012
 Bonjour, J'ai bien reçu ma ligature; je trouve qu'elle procure un son "plein" et riche ; elle facilite l'emission dans les graves et davantage encore dans les aigus; j'en suis donc pleinement satisfait. Peut être ferais-je encore appel à vous pour un bec de soprano Lebayle MMS. Merci encore. Je vous souhaite de bonnes fêtes de fin d'année. Marc Rozec

Bill Petitte. Tenor sax, Fairfax, California
 Marc Jean, Just wanted to let you know again how amazing this ligature is ! I've had it for many months now and it really pulls out the natural colors and tones of the mouthpiece/horn, just keeps getting better and better .What a piece of art you created. Thanks again Bill Petitte

Randy Van Hoorhees
 I received the Lig and am very happy with the fit and quality, Thank you very much. Best regards Randy

Robin Aitken Kirkcudbright, Scotland
 Dear Marc Jean, I purchased from you a gold plated ligature for my Ralph Morgan Jazz Tenor mouthpiece earlier this year and was so impressed I bought another gold plated ligature for my Ralph Morgan clarinet mouthpiece. Your ligature on both instruments has transformed my playing. The exact placement of the ligature on the mouthpiece is critical. For example, on the Ralph Morgan tenor saxophone mouthpiece it is recommended that the ligature be placed about one eighth of an inch below the bottom of the beak. I use your ligature here and this is the optimum position for a resonant tone. I find that, on both instruments, I get a fuller sound with greater power and flexibility and am able to play a greater variety of reeds with very little finishing adjustment.. I also find that the ligatures seem to make the instruments play more in tune. Once again thank you for bringing me even greater musical pleasure. Robin Aitken Kirkcudbright Scotland

Kelly Jefferson. Toronto.
 Salut, Marc, > > My alto and soprano ligatures arrived yesterday. They are great, as I > expected and make a big difference in the response and colour of the sound. > All the best and thank you very much once again. > > Sincerely, > > Kelly Jefferson

Ken Chow, Hong Kong.
 Hi Marc Jean, I'd like to update you that all 4 ligatures are well received. They are great and I love them especially the Gold Plated ligature for my Dukoff Alto mouthpiece. Thanks for making these nice products! Regards, Ken Chow

Bill Petitti, California, USA
 I recently received Marc Jean's un-lacquered ligature and was very curious to try it right away. I have a medium bright rubber/resin mouthpiece that works perfect for my dark sounding horn. I have tried a lot of ligatures to balance the highs & lows and ended up with the rovner dark ligature as my favorite choice. The optimum and Francois ligature did not work at all for me. These ligs made my sound too buzzy, not enough of the darker colors.I did more research to find another ligature that wouldn't dampen the sound or brighten it but still gives me that pure tone/ resonance. As soon as I put on Marc Jean's ligature and tried it,I was blown away ! There was more of a core in the tone/better response/ resonance and an ease of playing in all registers. It opened up my sound. A beautiful piece of work..It's nice to know that there are artist/craftsmen like Marc Jean that fine tune these subtle areas on ligatures, and open up our playing even a few percent more. Thanks Marc Jean, Bill Petitti

George D. Farmingdale, New Jersey. USA
 Marc Jean, The ligatures arrived last week and I've spent some time with the soprano and alto. Both perform incredibly but there is one thing about the alto ligature in particular that I really like. With my Phil-Tone solstice (designed to produce a Wast Coast, Desmond-like tone) I was having good results before - but the left hand palm keys had a different, edgier, tonal characteristic than the rest of the range of the horn. With your ligature the tone has become more even across the entire range of the horn - I can play the upper register without it being very apparent that I am up so high. Very cool. I can't wait to spend some time with the tenor ligature. I am using the same Barone Super New York/Woodstone reed combination that Steve Neff used to demo the Barone on his blog. I know he used your ligature on that clip and it sounds great. I'll keep you posted. George

Guy Séguin, Basse Laurentides, Qc
 Salut Marc! Franchement, je dois te dire un gros merci et bravo pour tes ligatures! Si simples et si efficaces... Réponse immédiate, attaque très claire, stabilité du son dans tout le registre, solidité de la ligature sur l'embouchure, etc. La liste des bons points est longue! Les rails en bois semi-encastrés, qui ont une forme légèrement en entonnoir, stabilisent très efficacement l'anche sur l'embouchure...et quelle résonance!!! Le liège près des vis est un bel ajout pour aider à positionner l'anche sans la faire dévier en ajustant la ligature. Excellent sur toute la ligne! Au ténor, je jouais avec une François Louis, de l'ancien modèle avec les petits tubes en métal. Je dois avouer qu'elle est désormais au rang de «back up». La tienne m'a tellement surprise que je l'ai tout de suite adoptée. En plus, elle est fabriquée ici (commerce éthique) et par quelqu'un que je connais. J'en suis bien fier et encore une fois merci! Guy Séguin

Jonathan Bell. Connecticut, USA. May, 2012
 Marc, Absolutely fantastic ligature! Wow! I would like to set up as a dealer here in Connecticut for you. What is the process to do this, and do you have different pricing based on the number if ligatures I buy? I know many of my clients will be excited to learn of your ligatures, especially after they hear mine. Also, as a musician, I'm doing an album this August with Randy Brecker, Jay Anderson, and Adam Nussbaum and I'd like to include you in the credits. Do I have your permission to do this? Finally, I'd be honored to be included on your list of technicians and players who use your equipment. I'd be happy to send you some audio material of my performing so you have an idea about my playing ability. My repair and mouthpiece refacing business name is Elite Woodwind Services. Again, your ligature has added so much color and vibrancy to my sound, I feel lucky to have found you. Thank you very much for your consideration. Sincerely, Jonathan Ball

Andrew Benzmiller, USA
 Hello - the ligatures arrived yesterday. They look beautiful. I am trying them both to see which of the two sizes is better for my mouthpiece. But I can tell right away that your ligature improves my sound, even for a beginner. Andrew

Eddie Rich, Las Vegas, USA. March 2012
 Hi Marc Jean, Just wanted to let you know that I received the ligature a few days ago. It fits! I've been enjoying playing with it. It seems to bring my sound a bit more into focus and also seems to respond a little faster. Thanks for all of your efforts to make sure I ended up with the right ligature. I appreciate it. I will probably be reviewing the ligature on my website soon. If I do that, I will send you a link so you can check it out. Thanks again, Eddie

Martyn Wood-Bevan, UK. March 2012
 Hi Marc! Just want to say that the new Alto ligature is superb. I have been using a Francois Louis Pure Brass ligature up until now and been very happy with it. Your lig lifts the whole sound. The top end is much fuller and the sound is pleasingly resonant throughout - a deeper, richer sound. I now use Marc Jean ligatures on all my saxes - soprano, alto and tenor, and am very happy. Kind regards Martyn

Jean-Jacques Bernard, France, Mars 2012
 Bonjour, En fait je viens de recevoir vos ligatures. Je les ai essayées pendant une heure avec différentes anches et différents becs. BRAVO et FELICITATIONS ! Elles sont incroyablement efficaces. Réponse, justesse, facilité de jeu, ouverture du son, ... tout y est. Je ne manquerai pas de les faire essayer à mes collègues musiciens. Bien cordialement, Jean-Jacques Bernard

Paolo Muraro, Maryland, USA. March 2012
 Hi Marc I have been using the lig for about a month now and I think it is the best sounding ligature ever. It really opens up the sound, keeping a solid bottom end, and is very stable on the mouthpiece, not moving at all when tuning up or down the mouthpiece on the cork. Thanks for the excellent product! Regards Paolo

Soeren Johnson, Performer in Las Vegas,
 Hello, Marc! Wow, I had no idea that a ligature can make such a difference (I've been playing for a long time, but I'm not much of an equipment-junkie). So I finally had some chances to play both ligs in the big band, and I've decided the silver one works better for me. I'll know in a day or 2 whether I'm sending both ligs I currently have back, or whether one of the folks here wants to buy one (he's checking his budget). You'll be happy to hear that a handful of saxophonists got to try the lig - they all liked it. :-)

Evan Parker, Jazz Intl artist. London England, Feb, 2012
 Dear Marc Jean, I collected the ligature from the post office today. Some delay because I had been on the road. (personnal notes reomved). Now as to the ligature itself: why it works is a mystery to me, and in fact is in conflict with all the assumptions I have made about ligature design in the past. Since I ordered one as soon as I had played a few notes, the fact that it works is without question; it produces a centred tone with no loss of fundamental in the note while at the same time allowing a full representation of the harmonics, more volume for a given effort and perhaps a higher proportion of usable reeds from a box. That is about as good as it gets. Thank you. all best Evan Parker

Heiner Musiol, Germany. Jan. 2012
 Hi Marc, the ligs arrived on Saturday. You can surely be proud of your idea, construction and design. There will always be people who smile about players who try to get the most for their sound. Let them smile: your ligs are a giant step towards the max you can get from your horn, mouthpiece and reed. Thanks again, Heiner

Jeffrey Williams, USA Oct. 2011
 Marc, I received the ligature & just wanted to let you know I am very happy,it is the perfect ligature for my ted klum metal tenor.Thanks for making a great product... Jeffrey

Michele Sacco, sax player from Italy. Sept. 2011
 Marc , the ligature is wonderfullllllllll...yes . I play n 4 hard ricoh jazz select unfiled and n 10 star jody jazz rubber mpc and then i put you ligature ....whow ..."mamma mia" what quality sound now i got , the reed really have a sensational vibration with beautifull sound and response and increased and opened sound. Now I'm very very Happy. To me this is the best ligature in the world . Thank you Marc ..all goods for you. Another question is .. do you made the same ligature for soprano mouthpiece ? I want to order it. I have Selmer S 80 - opened K rubber mouthpiece with n 3 half vandoren bleu reed. If you want , visit the Raffaele Inghilterra saxophone shop www.raffaeleinghilterra.it ..ringhilterra@libero.it Raffaele is famous in Italy becouse he sell vintage saxophones and he have a large collection of these horn . I tell to raffaele about your beautifull ligature . He will be a very good seller in italy because he know the most important classical a jazz saxophonist in Italy . thank you more michele

Andrew Bowie, UK. Sax player, Sept .2011
 Hi Marc, Ligature arrived this week, and I am already a believer: it just frees up the whole range of the horn, makes more air do the work, and makes control more effortless (and more reeds play well that were average at best before). The great thing is also that it fits any of my metal tenor mouthpieces and has the same effect. I thought initially it wouldn’t fit the Warburton itself, but it just needed the clasp to loosen in relation to the screws. Alors, given all that, I can’t resist (not least in the light of Steve Neff’s comments over what your lig does for Hard Rubber tenor mouthpieces) having Marc Jeans for my other main pieces. Can you make me the following 3 ligatures, please? Description removed by MJ. Can I just say how much I appreciate the work you do: pure craftsmanship on something specialised that can make such a difference to the music. Many thanks. Best wishes, Andrew

Stefan Haynes, Calgary, Canada
 Dear Marc, I've been playing with your ligature for a couple days now and it is hands down amazing. It's very free blowing, which seems to add some power to my sound. It's also a perfect fit for my mouthpiece. Thank you so much! -Stefan play tenor sax on SR Tech metal mouthpiece. MJ

Roderick Watson, Scotland. July 2011
 Dear Marc Jean, Just to say how delighted I am with your ligature. What others have said about it is true — the reed seems freer, the response is quicker and easier, and the tone opens up —especially on the palm keys. The sax just sings. Thank you! Yours, Roderick Watson

Allan Norico, Phillipines, July 2011
  Wow! Thank you very much, Marc Jean :) Best regards, Allan

Claire Goguen, St-Hubert, Québec. Juillet 2011
 Bonjour, Qui a dit que le souffle c'est la vie? Avec la même qualité de souffle à la clarinette et au saxophone alto, les ligatures Marc Jean permettent non seulement une aisance additionnelle pour les attaques, les nuances piano et moins, un détaché léger et aussi un son tellement plus centré et égal d'un registre à l'autre. J'ai sauvé des mois de pratique de sons filé et fini le stress des anches qui boudent à répondre. Même mon mari, saxophoniste ténor débutant, a gagné des mois d'expérience en jouant avec la nouvelle ligature. Si Peter Freeman, prof. de sax à l'Université McGill et ensuite Queens (Toronto) dit que même lui ça l'aide, imaginer pour le saxophoniste semi-professionnel comme moi ou les amateurs! J'ai hâte de l'essayer sur le saxophone soprano, maintenant. Je suis sûre que ce ne pourra être qu'une autre révélation. Bravo à Marc Jean pour avoir persévéré pour offrir cet extra-ordinaire produit québécois, um MUST pour les musiciens d'instruments à anches simples. Et à un prix plus que concurrentiel. Longue vie! Claire Goguen clarinettiste et saxophoniste St-Hubert

David Bodman, Catawissa, PA, USA. July 2011
 This is just a preliminary review of your lig, I just got my acoustimax so I’m pretty much taking 1 min to breathe and then back to it. I switched between my FL Ultimate and your lig for about 2 hours last night, and I really can’t believe the improvement. Granted I’ve never tried another ligature like yours, but I won’t be looking anymore. I remember the difference between my 2 screw lig and the FL way back when I got it, I was so happy. This Marc Jean lig accomplished that x100. Even if I loved your lig for the 200lb torque grip it has on the mouthpiece while I’m tuning (lol), it would be worth it. However, the response of any mouthpiece I paired it with improved drastically. I noticed an easier time playing low notes softly, and my palm keys were more robust and full sounding than before. I’m of the thought that the ligature does not affect your tone, but you have something really special here. I feel like your lig takes the governor off the engine of the mouthpiece and allows you to open up the throttle (and I don’t just mean louder). If that doesn’t make any player sound better, then I’ll eat my cork grease. I am a writer so I’m not going to polish this into a full review until I have some shed time, but I went from never hearing about you before, to reading about the MJ lig, to talking to you on the phone, and now I’d pretty much sing from the highest mountain about this thing lol. Thank you x100 and keep up the fantastic work! David Bodman


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