The various parts that make up a woodwind instrument have improved tremendously over the past century. Take ligatures and caps, for example. Ligatures are devices that clamp your reed and mouthpiece together and hold them in place. Early on, ligatures were made of twine that was wrapped and tied over the reed. Today, ligatures are made of metal and they're beautifully crafted to fit securely yet also be easily adjusted if necessary (many manufacturers even claim that their ligatures can enhance your sound). In fact, the same can be said about caps; today's models are exceptionally designed and made of flexible materials - so they won't easily break or chip.
If you're searching for a new ligature or cap, you'll find more than enough choices in these pages. There are ligature and caps here to fit every taste and price range from respected manufactures like BG, Vandoren, Rovner, Theo Wayne and countless others. Ultimately, the right one for you will depend on the instrument you play, how much you're willing to spend and what you like from an esthetic standpoint. If you're a tenor saxophonist who wants a ligature and cap in the $25 - $50 range, check out a popular seller like the Rovner Versa Tenor Saxophone Ligature and Cap. Designed for optimal control (especially at loud volumes), the ligature in this set is even equipped with an adaptable pressure plate system that's capable of six different tones.
Or, if the Bb clarinet is your woodwind instrument of choice, another option in the same price range mentioned above is the Vandoren M/O Series Clarinet Ligature. Combining the lightweight construction of the legendary Masters Series ligature with the first-class tightening of the OPTIMUM Series ligature, this advanced model allows your reed to vibrate freely and produce a crisp, articulate tone.
There are many other affordable models here as well, including ligatures and caps in the $300 - $500 price range. Whether you play the alto, soprano, baritone or tenor sax, you'll find a ligature and cap here. Or, whether you play the Bb, Eb, alto, or bass clarinet, your choices here are extensive as well. With a little time and careful consideration to each of your options, the right ligature and cap for your instrument will be found in no time flat.