13 Best Baritone Saxophone Ligatures

List Updated July 2020

Bestselling Baritone Saxophone Ligatures in 2020


Rovner C3R MK III Bari Sax Ligature

Rovner C3R MK III Bari Sax Ligature
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020
  • Brand: Rovner
  • Product Code: C3R
  • Innovation by desire...Performance by design

Yamaha YAC-1617 Eb Baritone Sax Ligature Gold 5C

Yamaha YAC-1617 Eb Baritone Sax Ligature Gold 5C
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020
  • Universal ligature used to hold instrument mouthpieces in place
  • Two adjustable screws to customize the fit of the diameter of the instrument
  • Compatible with all models of Yamaha baritone saxophones
  • Luxurious gold lacquer finish matches with almost any model baritone saxophone
  • Made in Japan

Belmonte Baritone Sax Ligature Nickel

Belmonte Baritone Sax Ligature Nickel
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020
  • Belmonte Model#337N

Belmonte Baritone Sax Ligature Gold

Belmonte Baritone Sax Ligature Gold
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020
  • 10-25, belmonte, in-stock, reverbsync-shipping-profile:Standard Ground Less than 39.99, woodwind-ligature

H-Ligature & Cap, Baritone Sax, Gold-plated (fits Graftonite mouthpieces)

H-Ligature & Cap, Baritone Sax, Gold-plated (fits Graftonite mouthpieces)
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020
  • Gold-plated
  • Includes mouthpiece cap
  • Four-point "H" system applies equal pressure
  • Two-screw, inverted design

Rovner L9 Light Ligature with Cap for Hard Rubber Baritone Sax, Gold Fittings

Rovner L9 Light Ligature with Cap for Hard Rubber Baritone Sax, Gold Fittings
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020
  • Brand: Rovner
  • Product Code: L9
  • Innovation by desire...Performance by design

Bois BLBS Baritone Saxophone Ligature

Bois BLBS Baritone Saxophone Ligature
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020
  • Slips accurately into position and does not slip or stretch
  • Manufactured of high-tech material
  • Non-screw design
  • Reed vibrates freely with no dampening (Inner raised rib provides a mere .085" surface-to-surface contact)
  • Studio-engineered to the highest standard of intonation and tonal quality

Vandoren LC090P Optimum Gold Gilded Baritone Saxophone Ligature/Cap

Vandoren LC090P Optimum Gold Gilded Baritone Saxophone Ligature/Cap
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020
  • Quick and precise tightening
  • Works with Vandoren V16 Bari Sax mouthpieces
  • Pressure plates and cap available as replacements

Rovner V-3R Ligature for Baritone Saxophone Mouthpiece

Rovner V-3R Ligature for Baritone Saxophone Mouthpiece
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020
  • Rewards the player with a big, rich sound
  • Complete tonal control
  • Accurate intonation through all registers
  • Flaps may be arranged asymmetrically to accommodate irregular reeds

Rovner 3R Dark Ligature with Cap for Hard Rubber Baritone Sax, Gold Fittings

Rovner 3R Dark Ligature with Cap for Hard Rubber Baritone Sax, Gold Fittings
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020
  • Brand: Rovner
  • Product Code: 3R
  • Innovation by desire...Performance by design

Vandoren LC29P Leather Ligature and Plastic Cap for Baritone Saxophone with 3 Interchangeable Pressure Plates

Vandoren LC29P Leather Ligature and Plastic Cap for Baritone Saxophone with 3 Interchangeable Pressure Plates
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2020
  • Quick and precise tightening
  • Expression with freedom
  • Pressure plates and cap available as replacements
  • Comes with three pressure plates designed to customize your playing
  • Made from high impact plastic

Mendini by Cecilio MBS-30L+92D Lacquer Yellow Brass Intermediate E Flat Baritone Saxophone with Tuner, Pro-Deluxe Case, Mouthpiece and Neck Strap

Mendini by Cecilio MBS-30L+92D Lacquer Yellow Brass Intermediate E Flat Baritone Saxophone with Tuner, Pro-Deluxe Case, Mouthpiece and Neck Strap
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2020
  • Lacquered yellow brass intermediate to advanced Eb with low A and High F# key baritone sax
  • Tilting style low Bb spatula keys, ribbed construction, with metal tone boosters, and stainless steel springs
  • Includes: Pro-deluxe durable hard-shell case, mouthpiece with ligature and cap, neck strap, cleaning cloth, and a pair of gloves
  • Bonus: Cecilio 92-D chromatic/string tuner with metronome
  • 1 Year Warranty Against Manufacturer's Defects

BG L15 SR Ligature with Cap, Baritone Saxophone, Super Rev

BG L15 SR Ligature with Cap, Baritone Saxophone, Super Rev
BESTSELLER NO. 13 in 2020
  • Used by beginners and professionals alike
  • An ideal ligature for ensemble work and chamber music
  • Lightweight

How to Mic and Record a Saxophone

Whether you're recording jazz saxophone or rock saxophone, there are a few basic techniques to keep in mind that will help you get a clean, perfect saxophone sound on your recordings, every time.


1. Mic Selection - A good vocal condenser is a good choice for the saxophone. Large diaphragm condensers usually cover the broad range of frequencies that alto saxophones play in. You can also use a Shure SM57 or similar dynamic mic, and although the sound won't be as clear, the difference will be largely imperceptible when the saxophone is one of half a dozen instruments in a song. Avoid clip-on saxophone mics, for reasons we'll get into in a minute.


2. Microphone Placement - The typical method is a microphone pointed at the bell, usually a foot and a half away. However, you might also choose to mic the keys, or mic from the keys/mouthpiece. It's largely going to depend on the player, and the style of music being played; for instance, jazz saxophone often includes the player's breath as part of the sound of the instrument, so your miking technique will have to take that into account. Experiment with the two styles until you find a sound you like. One thing you almost always shouldn't do is simply rely on a clip on sax mic; it will probably not provide the whole sound of the instrument, and your recording won't really sound natural.


3. Mixing - The saxophone's frequencies are less likely to conflict with other instruments than some other woodwinds, but care still needs to be taken to separate the saxophone with EQ and panning from the rest of the instruments in the mix. Listen for anything that might interfere with the saxophone's ability to come through in the mix. How can you avoid conflicts? Usually, you'll apply EQ cuts and occasionally boosts (the cuts are better, for reasons that we won't get into in this article) to differentiate the instruments. You can also use panning, putting the saxophone in one ear and a possibly offensive instrument in the other ear, to make sure that the listener isn't overwhelmed. The only way to get very good at mixing is to practice near-constantly, and that's especially true with the saxophone and other instruments that you might not get a chance to record very often. It builds your ear. Experiment, and remember, if it sounds good, disregard any rules that tell you that you're doing something wrong. You've set out to get a good sounding mix and saxophone sound, and any way that you do that is perfectly acceptable.

Do you have saxophone recording tips or questions? Post them in the comments section below.

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