Dear Jody Jazz Team….. a week ago I received my new Jody Jazz DV for Tenor Sax along with the Power Ring Ligature. I LOVE IT. Here’s some information you may find helpful. Using a reed that is “perfect” for your old mouthpiece probably won’t work. After soaking my new reeds I found it very helpful to aggressively rub the taper on the reed to “seal” the fibers. Then gently bending the reed between my thumb and fore finger loosened it up for the initial playing. Finally, firmly pressing the reed onto the mouthpiece while tightening the Power Ring also made a big difference. The bottom line here is that if you don’t work to get a good reed on this setup you may be frustrated with what can be an almost too bright (brassy) sound or one that is hard to control. With the proper reed, however, you very quickly master this phenomenal mouthpiece to create what ever sound you are looking for. Finally, I’ve never had a setup that held intonation perfectly from one end of the horn to the other…. a feature you need to market more aggressively). I play a Big Bell, Stone Series Cannonball, use Vandoren Jazz reeds (red and green) and do both solo and band work. I can use this tool to blend within a section or stand up for solo work and cut through any background. If you ever have a potential customer who is unsure if the cost of this setup is worth it, I’d be happy to offer a testimony. Thanks again for offering such a wonderful product. Keith Neer
JodyJazz endorser, Keith Loftis plays JodyJazz DV NY on his new album “Simply, Loftis”. CD is available to purchase from cdbaby.com or iTunes.