When Phil Rovner decided to take the common woodwind ligature and make it better, he drew upon his extensive experience in both mechanical engineering and acoustic technology for the concepts that would result in the first-ever "fabric" ligature, the Rovner™ Dark. Having spent his entire lifetime engaged in problem-solving and innovative design for major corporations and technology firms, he felt certain he could significantly improve his own performance by improving the performance of his ligature, and he was absolutely right. A professional musician who studied at the Peabody Institute, Phil also received a solid education in music theory. His attraction to woodwind instruments would ultimately influence his life in ways he could not have predicted. The extraordinary success of his initial ligature design pushed Phil to continue his research and experimentation until gradually his company was able to offer not just one, but a full range of ligatures, each with its own characteristics and each producing its own distinct sound.
Phil has performed in big bands, night clubs, theatres, and in the 29th division military band. An active player, he continues to pursue his love of music while still finding time to scratch the creative itch that pushes him to explore new materials and new designs. He has also designed a small line of superbly engineered saxophone and clarinet mouthpieces that, like his ligatures, are real game-changers. His goal is to provide every type of woodwind player with powerful, elegant, technically superior accessories that will enhance performance by providing not only accurate intonation and ease of play, but the inspiration to push each player to extend his or her performance boundaries. Thanks to Phil's insatiable appetite for excellence, Rovner™ ligatures have been and will continue to be the ligatures of choice for discerning musicians the world over.