What Players are Saying:

“I like this new M|O Ligature. It is light and benefits from the symmetrical tension design from the Vandoren Optimum Ligature which lets the reed vibrate very freely. I feel the reed is even more responsive, and the sound is pure and compact.”

Nicolas Baldeyrou
Clarinet Soloist


The shape of the sound is very pure with the new
M|O Ligature. I feel a great ease of blowing and an excellent sound projection. It is lightweight and easily adjusts with the Vandoren Optimum Ligature screw. The M|O wonderfully fits my Vandoren Masters CL4 mouthpiece.”

Paul Meyer
Clarinet Soloist


“The M|O Ligature adds body to setups that tend to be a little to bright and enhances the harmonics of my small chamber V16 alto sax mouthpiece to achieve a nice, round sound in the upper register.”

Michael Cheret
Jazz Saxophonist


“With the M|O Ligature my staccatos are more precise and the low register speaks more easily.”

Michael Cheret
Jazz Saxophonist


“The M|O Ligature adds body to setups that tend to be a little to bright and enhances the harmonics of my small chamber V16 alto sax mouthpiece to achieve a nice, round sound in the upper register.”

Michael Cheret
Jazz Saxophonist


“The M|O Lite Ligature is so much better than the stock ligature; it plays with a much more open sound! It's great for young band students!”

Karen DeBauche
Educator
Urbana Middle School

Introducing the M|O Ligature

Crafted with passion, innovation and quality, Vandoren continually strives to meet the ever-changing needs of musicians. Now make your setup fit for a king by crowning it with the new Vandoren M|O ligature. Fusing features from the Vandoren Master and Optimum ligatures, the M|O’s quick response and crisp articulation bestows enhanced expression upon your clarinet playing.
The M|O securely holds the reed to the mouthpiece table without restriction. A formed channel in the independent collar avoids any side contact or lateral compression that would interfere with the reed.
Two small contact points in the formed reed channel secure the reed without dampening or restricting its natural vibrations. The result is quick response and crisp articulation.
The M|O is constructed from a lightweight brass that allows the ligature to freely interact and sympathetically resonate with the reed rather than constrict and impede its motion. Rather than fighting with the reed, the M|O unleashes the reed’s energy to enhance your playing experience and musical expression.
The special Optimum ligature thread design allows you to tighten the screw with only a few turns. This often overlooked feature can be a real advantage in situations that require a quick reed change.
To function properly, a reed must vibrate evenly from one side to the other. The M|O’s unique double-track mechanism provides uniform, symmetrical suspension across both sides of the reed. A single screw, inverted on the opposite side of the reed, delivers sufficient torque to hold the reed in place without suffocating it.
The M|O is designed and formed to gracefully follow the contours of your mouthpiece for a perfect fit, eliminating the time and hassle of adjusting traditional ligatures to seat properly.

The new M|O Lite Ligature
Wear the crown for a fraction of the cost.

Save the polishing for your sound with the new Vandoren M|O Lite ligature. It’s like the original M|O, but with a lighter, flexible material that’s tarnish-free and even more affordable. And it combines the best features from the Optimum and Master’s ligatures, so it’s easy to use and perfect for students.
The M|O Lite is constructed from a lightweight, flexible, and tarnish-free material that allows it to freely interact and sympathetically resonate with the reed rather than constrict and impede its motion. Instead of fighting with the reed, the M|O Lite unleashes the reed’s energy to enhance your playing experience and musical expression.