Claude Lakey Woodwinds


How to adapt the Compass to size of your mouthpiece.

The Compass Ligature fits most mouthpiece brands, in any size, ranging from Soprano to Baritone saxophones to clarinets. To make it fit nice and snug, you may need to adhere foam inserts to the inside of the wings of the Compass. These come included in the packaging, and you’ll find instructions inside that help describe which mouthpieces might require the inserts and which do not.

Which way is up and do I have this on backwards?

The Compass has a small gold dot; this marks both the center of the mouthpiece and the side that should face the tip. Line this gold dot over the center of your reed pointing at the tip and tighten away!

You can’t over-tighten the Compass.

This is one of the Compass’ greatest attributes. You simply turn the dial until it stops clicking. If it keeps clicking and doesn’t get snug, you may need to add foam inserts for smaller mouthpieces. The simple BOA dial makes it easy for students and pros alike to make quick reed changes! Get started with your lesson, or get the gig back on track faster than ever before!

You need to tune while holding the entire mouthpiece, and not just the Compass, or it might come dislodged.

Every once and a while, we get an email from a customer who thinks their Compass is faulty because it slips off when they are tuning. This can happen if you are a player who is in the habit of grabbing just the ligature to tune your horn. Think back to your teacher nagging you to grab the entire piece to tune, and do them a favor by re-learning that habit.

Loosen the Compass before attempting to slide it onto the mouthpiece.

BOA reels come in several varieties, but the one used on our Compass requires you to manually loosen the tension via the click reel. Tugging on the wires won’t loosen it for you. In order to slide the Compass onto the mouthpiece, twist the click reel counterclockwise. The wires will loosen up and that means it’s ready to slide onto your mouthpiece so you can get playing!

The reed might still move with the Compass if you shove it, and that’s okay.

We designed the Compass to, while applying uniform pressure to your reed, allow for the maximum amount of reed vibration. This allows for more reed vibration, which means more volume. We would also encourage you to give the same shove to a reed with your current set up as most ligatures allow for side-to-side movement.

This ligature is intuitive for some, but for others it will take a week or so to warm up to it.

We understand that as musicians we get stuck in our habits, and when a new product comes along we aren’t always the most welcoming folks. If you’re in the camp that dislikes change and enjoys losing tiny ligature screws, you might not be in the Compass Ligature fan club. But we believe if you’re willing to take a week to apply the instructions above, we know you’ll find the Compass is worth the effort. Our artists can’t say enough about how great the Compass is to play on, and we know once you take a moment to set it up for a successful trial, you’ll really enjoy it as well.


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