Francois Louis Ultimate Ligature - Alto

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François Louis designs custom mouthpieces for Joe Lovano, Bob Berg, Dave Sanchez, Chris Potter , Tim Ries and many other Great Saxophone Players. François has now used his years of experience to develop "The Ultimate Ligature." 

Due to the special design and materials used, playing with the Ultimate Ligature results in a more open and bigger sound, a better articulation and broader dynamics. Professional players all over the world are very enthusiastic about the ligature. The Ultimate Ligature, the easiest way to improve your sound !

Level expander included with every small size Francois Louis ligature. The purpose is to allow a better fit with smaller size mouthpieces. 

Brass, Silver or Gold? 

The Brass is more resonant and vibrating.

The Silver is more resistant and darker.

The Gold has more “elegance” and a slicker tone quality (polished). 

It is always advisable to try different ligatures. Since they are hand made, there might be a little difference between two ligatures of the same finish (smaller or bigger amount of soldering etc. that might have influence on the resonance). 

It is also important to try them with the same set up (horn, mouthpiece and reed).

Size Guide

“XL” size fits all large “standard” RUBBER mouthpieces
(Like Otto-Link, Selmer, Vandoren, Lebayle, JodyJazz, D'Addario, Zinner and most brands)

“S” size fits all “normal” METAL Mpcs
(Like Otto-Link, Berg Larsen etc.)

Please contact our sax specialists if you need any assistance choosing your size

Staff Review

I'll start by saying that i'm a big fan of these ligatures. In fact i've owned the one I use on Alto for well over ten years! Compared to a lot of other ligatures i've tried, this is one I find wins people over more often than not in an A/B playtest. The minimalist way in which it holds the reed to the mouthpiece allows for a very free blowing response, with the reed able to vibrate to its full potential. Great if you're going for a big, full sound! - Oren Gurney (

Delivery & Returns


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