What Is the DV Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece?
Jody Espina has introduced the concept of Golden Section Proportions to the art of high end saxophone mouthpiece design. This perfect chamber/bore/facing combination will result in an extraordinary playing experience for you.
Effortless Power & Beauty
Here, nature, science and imagination combine to create a revolutionary new saxophone mouthpiece. Jody Espina has designed the JodyJazz DV (U.S. Patent No. 7,470,844) using proportions and principles found in nature. For the most effortless playing experience of your life, we invite you to try the DV.
Three Goals in Creating the DV Series of Saxophone Mouthpieces
- To create the most efficient sax mouthpiece possible. That means that there are more harmonics present in the sound and therefore the projection of this Alto sax mouthpiece is huge.
- To eliminate the annoying shrillness that is associated with loud bright Alto saxophone mouthpieces.
- To have a big fat mid-range and bottom end that has never been present before in an Alto sax mouthpiece with strong projection.
Testimonials from JodyJazz Artist Endorsers
JodyJazz DV Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece Demonstration by Jody Espina
Derrick James Plays DV Alto Sax Mouthpiece
Jody Espina Demonstrates Soft & Hard Playing on JodyJazz DV
Bob Magnuson Plays DV Alto 7
JodyJazz DV Alto Sax Mouthpiece Available Tip Openings
- 5 = .072
- 6 = .078
- 7 = .083
- 8 = .090
- 9 = .100
- 9* = .105
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JodyJazz DV Alto Sax Mouthpiece Price: $550
The mouthpiece comes with a Gold Plated Rico H Ligature, Cap, Mouthpiece Pouch and special Wood Cylinder case, free domestic US Priority Mail shipping and handling included. (Click "Buy Now" button to see overseas shipping)
"Dream Come True"
The new facing curve results in absolutely no dead spots in the vibration of the reed. In other words, all notes in all ranges respond equally. This alto sax mouthpiece has a husky barrel-chested tone while being able to sing and soar over the top of any band. Sub toning and low notes are extremely easy and the altissimo is out of this world. Intonation is spot on. Be prepared to have possibly the most fun you ever have had on the saxophone.
Players who now or in the past have played Guardala, Dukoff, Beechler, Jumbo Java, SR Tech, Vandoren V16, Yanigisawa, or any of the bright mouthpieces out there will be sure to love The DV. This is not just another bright mouthpiece. There will be noticeable differences and improvements.
I have found that many straight ahead jazz players who tend to favor mouthpieces that are just a little brighter than most mainstream dark mouthpieces have a very high chance of making the DV their new alto mouthpiece. We have had many, many converts who came from playing the most popular hard rubber Jazz piece. These players almost always think that they won’t like a metal alto mouthpiece and they are surprised every time.
All saxophone players are amazed to find a saxophone mouthpiece that works so efficiently, where the articulation is clean and one can easily go from low to high and vice versa.
The DV is manufactured on the most sophisticated computer controlled Lathes and Mills, yet the DV benefits from a high degree of hand finishing. The attention to detail in design and finishing given to the DV results in a stunning work of art that plays like a dream come true.
What Does The DV Do?
- Bigger Fatter Tone
- Effortless Playing
- More Harmonics
- Cleaner Articulation
- Power and Projection
- Unbelievable Altissimo
- Improved Intonation
How Does The DV Do It?
- Secondary window
- Golden section proportioning
- Proprietary CNC facing technology
- Perfect radius facing curve
- Perfect reed/Tip match
- 24 kt heavy gold plating
- Hand finished baffle, tip rail and table
- Play tested by Jody Espina
Phi Proportions - Or the Golden Section Proportioning. The proportions that are found in the Stradivarius Violin, the Nautilus shell, the dolphin, human beings, the Ancient Pyramids and much more, are used for the first time on a saxophone mouthpiece. These proportions result in a chamber that increases harmonics making the sound bigger and richer. For more information about Phi visit at http://www.goldennumber.net
Secondary Window - The moving sound wave inside of the mouthpiece is now able to strike the vibrating reed above the bore of the mouthpiece instead of the mouthpiece material that is usually there. The effect is similar to a moving ball striking a moving bat. Home Run!
New Facing Technology and Curve - We have invested in new CNC technology and have come up with a proprietary way of putting on a new facing curve, which is perfect every time.
DV vs DV NY (How are they different?)
Both mouthpieces have a full resonant sound due to the secondary window. The DV will have more projection and be brighter due to the raised floor of the chamber while the DV NY will have a more traditional Jazz sound and projection due to the deep full chamber. We often recommend trying both mouthpieces if you are not sure which model would suit you.
Special Notes on The DV Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece
Due to the free blowing nature of the DV alto and all the DV's , be prepared to use a harder reed than you normally do. This may or may not be the case for you. The great benefit of this is that a harder reed lasts longer and a harder reed helps the altissimo range. For this same reason, you may want to try a slightly more open tip than normal. For example, Meyer 6 players, will usually play a DV Alto 7.
"Jody, Just wanted to shoot you an email to let you know how thrilled I am with the mouthpieces I purchased from you in Savannah at the GMEA convention. I purchased the Alto DV8 and I am still baffled at how a metal mouthpiece can be so free blowing, offer so much color, character and fatness to my tone, yet provide the projection I need. Still can't believe I am playing a metal MPC on an alto! The Tenor JET 8 has the character of tone of my old Link, yet the bite of my Ponzol. A perfect marriage of the two! Thanks again for taking time with me. I have some friends that will be at TMEA and I told them to go by your booth and check your mouthpieces out. Best Wishes! Joe "Joe Heiberger
I wanted to once again express my appreciation for the new JJ DV CHI 7*. I've been playing a DV 7* Tenor and a DV 7 alto piece for years, and simply put, they are the best mouthpieces I've played in my over 30 years. I absolutely love these pieces. Seriously, I've owned them all and I've never played anything like the DV series. What I particularly appreciate is the effortless response and huge rich sound that comes out of these pieces. I'm always receiving wonderful comments about my sound.
With the DV CHI, you nailed it again. The first time I tried this piece, I stood speechless. The sound of the DV CHI simply put is "amazing." Effortless and soooo comfortable as usual, with a big, rich, deep sound (not too bright; not too dark) with incredible projection and a wonderful resonance and yet a nice smoothness to the sound. No shrillness whatsoever. Seriously this piece will cover all genre's from mainstream jazz to blues to R&B, etc. The workmanship is second to none, tips and rails are absolute perfection and I'm giddy for having had the opportunity to get one so early. I've owned so many pieces over the years and this has got to be the best I've ever played. I�m not sure it can get any better.
Thank you so much again for your kindness and time. I'm having a blast with the DV CHI. I truly believe you are the premier maker of exquisitely crafted saxophone mouthpieces and I'm so pleased to be turning several players on to your pieces.
Very best regards,"Randy Montau, Los Angeles, CA
"Hi, i am a french alto saxophonist since 30 years. I just got my Jody jazz DV #8 Alto a few weeks ago and i just want to bring my testimonial. Congratulation for your great work on your mouthpieces concept. I still can't believe of the quality, the versatility and the sound of this piece. Every most important points are extremly accurate. The beak profile, the table, the facing length, the facing curve, the rails, the chamber, the bore, the walls, the baffle angle, the window, the second window. I have played and tested several hard rubber and metal mouthpieces, but the Jj DV has everything of the most popular mouthpieces. This mouthpiece is magical, you can produce the sound of a hard rubber or the sound of a metal mouthpiece. Also you can have a warm, rich, edgy or buzzy sound. You can play every kind of music with this mouthpiece. By the way, it's extremly hard to find a Jody jazz mouthpiece brand in Paris quasi impossible, there is no dealers. Thanks a lot for your great great job. Best regards. Sincerely. Damien Sagbo"Damien Sagbo - Paris, France
"I've been invited to a school musical program as a guest sax performer. about 100 audiences. I played two music piece using my curved soprano sax and DV mpc. everybody were amazed of my sop sax not knowing that DV mpc itself made a lot of contributions despite I played off key and out of breath. DV mouthpiece (with Jody ligature ring), really is quite comfortable and solid bright sound. I'm really satisfied of the product. really worth the price the high end of the mouthpiece. I hope to practice more and perform to a lot of audiences."Keiner Cua, Iloilo City, Philippines
" Hi Professor - I wisely purchased your amazing DV6 yesterday from Damian Cremisi, my new Italian friend at Dillon's here in central NJ. What can I say, except it was love at 1st sound ! I struggled a little w/ the #3 reed, until I popped on a Rigotti 2.5. Found the MP was very versatile & adaptable to whatever mood the tune called for and can't wait to start my scales, today, if you can believe that. After having been away 27 years, the DV6 gives all the projection, plus free-blowing I desire. And the sound will send chills throughout the entire nervous system of any normal human ... UNREAL ! It is am absolute dream to play ....especially with the Selmer #3 neck added to my SA 80 Series I .... and an elegantly aesthetic masterpiece to merely gaze upon during a break. Thanks to you & your staff for all your creative talents, energies and dedication ! Respectfully & appreciatively, Tony DiNardo, DDS P.S. Reflecting back, I really don't think I would EVER, EVER have abandoned the sax if I had this mouthpiece years ago !"Tony DiNardo
"I have been struggling with the mouthpiece search now for several years. It only took a few minutes of playing on your DV alto mouthpiece to realize that the search has finally ended. The sound is absolutely incredible. If you haven't tried one of these mouthpieces yet, you should! Thank you so much for creating such an amazing product! Tom Meyer Jazz Saxophone Doctoral Student University of Illinois"Tom Meyer
"The Jody jazz DV mouthpiece is simply the best jazz mouthpiece I've ever played. Period. I also own the hr* from Jody and it's also a fantastic piece. The DV takes the hr* and improves drastically on it. Altissimo is effortless. Intonation is impeccable throughout the range of the instrument. You have all the power in the world and it's huge and full. The thing that impresses me most about the DV, however, is the sound. To me it sounds like a jewel. Just the right amount of edge. It's absolutely the best tone I've ever produced. Thanks Jody for making such a wonderful mouthpiece and you can be assured I'll be coming to you for the next great mouthpiece. Keep up the good work!"Nathan Ross, Ephraim, Utah
"This is perhaps the best mouthpiece I have ever used! Right away at gigs and rehearsals people were noticing a maturity in my sound and asking me how I achieved it. Even though I wanted to take personal responsibility, I gave the credit all to this amazing mouthpiece. I will never hunt for another piece because I know I will not find a more effortless, round, and kick a** sound!"Ben Bransford, Carmel, CA
"This mouthpiece is amazing! Jody discovered the secret and showed that it is possible to play with great volume, but without forcing the sound! Congratulations on your art!"Newton Fagundes, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
"Dear Jody I just received the DV7 for Alto from your B STOCK. The package was well put together and the piece looked impeccable. For the last 2 months I have been playing on the JODY JAZZ CLASSIC 6 mouthpiece. Very good but I was missing the bite and the free blowing. When I put the DV7 on my horn WOW !!!!!!! It called me out and everyone in my home. This mouthpiece is absolutely brilliant. It exceeded my expectations. I have just recently been endorsed by P Mauriat Saxophones here in Toronto Canada. I needed a piece that would make that horn GO FOR THE SOUND, and Jody the DV7 was the one. I am so impressed that I think I will order another one for my Tenor. I would be honored if I could become a Jody Jazz artist endorser here in Canada.Thank you for a great product Jody!!!!"Enrico Galante - Ontario,Canada
"I just bought a super 400 from Steve Goodson a couple of months ago and finally got around to playing you`re DV model on it , and Man you guys were not kidding! Tom Scott included. One of the best combinations ever. Chris"Chris Savage
"Well Guys, as a working saxophonist. Ive tried them all.. literally... Bergs, Ottos, Labayles, Dukoffs, VIntage and New... They dont even come close.. JJDV7* is the piece that worked without needing refacing, more money, and more chops. It will get you back to playing again.. These mouthpieces are designed to make it happen. I can vouch for that since I lost my main mouthpiece I was never able to find another on like it. Then I came across the JJDV7*. I found my sound... Jody has made the most incredible playing mouthpiece ever... "Lenny Leonard Pena - LPSaxx, New Mexico
"me siento privilegiado al usar una de estas grandiosas boquillas, me proporcionan un gran sonido y estabilidad del mismo su potencia es genial puedo ir de agresivo a sutil de una nota a otra la uso en mi alto y mi tenor ! la verdad es que son una herrramienta fundamental para lograr lo que estoy logrando con mi sax mi recomendacion es total, saludos."Francisco Quintero, Zulia Venezuela
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You are right: it's not at all normal for anyone to start off with a JodyJazz DV as his first mouthpiece. You did recommend the JodyJazz Classic & the HR* based on my answers to the "6 Questions" 17 months ago, but I opted for the DV because it looks like a work of art.
I think the DV is a great mouthpiece for a absolute beginner like me. It is so easy to blow, and I surprised my tutor by being able to reach high octaves meant for more advanced students. The tone is so good that it inspires you to work on your technique because it rewards you with beautiful sounds (makes a beginner sound like a real pro at times) as your technique improves.
One of my fellow music students remarked that my alto sax produces the best tone he has ever heard, and my saxophone tutor ascribed it to my DV mouthpiece.
How has the DV mouthpiece affected my progress? Well within 17 months, starting from scratch learning to read music & blowing my first note, practicing an hour or so daily, I progressed enough to play solos in park concerts organized by my music school. Last month I presented two saxophone solos at my daughter's wedding reception in New Zealand & received a standing ovation from her!
I'm been invited to play in my music school concert band side by side with the professionals in a coming gala concert, & I'm working hard on it now.
I'm definitely going to order the DV NY alto to explore the different dimensions it can offer. All I can say is that my experience as a late-bloomer hobbyist saxophonist has been very fulfilling. I want to thank you for creating the mouthpieces that help make it possible.
Thank you.Philip Mooi
It is February now, and I've been playing on my new Jody Jazz DV-8 since November.
This is absolutely the best mouthpiece I have ever played on on any woodwind instrument. Your advertising says that you wanted to create the most efficient mouthpiece possible, and I believe you may have succeeded.
The pitch is great. The sound is huge, but not shrill. I can play a delicate ballad, or I can play hard driving funk, jazz, blues or rock and roll tune, all with the same ease of play, and the confidence that I will not be betrayed by the mouthpiece. Articulation is very comfortable and easy to control, and most of the time I simply grab a reed out the box, slap it on, and it plays!
This mouthpiece has restored the joy of playing Saxophone (and I've been teaching and playing semi-professionally since 1975). Every time I play on this mouthpiece, in any playing situation (the "pit" for a touring Broadway show, a small club jazz date, lead alto in a contemporary big band, a wedding band, the praise band at church, etc.) I find myself saying, "Man, what a great mouthpiece!" I am very happy with the investment I made in this Jody Jazz mouthpiece, it was worth every penny.
Thank you.David Shultz, Lebanon PA
"Having already the DV for tenor, I was expecting something very good, but not THAT good. I never had sounded so close to my idol, Johnny Hodges, without effort, when I had spent so much time and energy with many other mouthpieces! More stunning, the ease to change rapidly sound colors or styles (playing like Cannonball or Maceo Parker is also cool from time to time). But OK. I could have somewhat expected that from this mouthpiece, knowing the DV for tenor. .....I would have one comment about your website page concerning the DV. It mentions that anybody who plays modern Jazz should try this mouthpiece. To me, this is not true. Anybody who plays MUSIC should try your mouthpieces!"Frederic Preitner, Massachusetts
"Hi Jody, I just wanted to thank you for shipping to me the most incredible alto mouthpiece I have ever played. It does everything I thought it would only better. Thanks again Jody."Darren Osley, Wisconsin
"You will not be getting my DV back. It is the best mouthpiece I've tried yet."Eric Falcon, Florida
" Jody, I’m not a pro. I have been playing an alto in church for 29 plus years. I’ve played in small settings and in front of thousands. All loud fun nasty improv and loving it. 20 years ago I bought my first metal mouthpiece and although I loved the bright edgy tone it gave me I hated the lack of control and sacrificing the lower range for the projection in the upper range. I broke down and bought the DV this past weekend and I cannot even begin to express what a delightful experience it has been. Absolutely incredible!!! For the first time in years I find myself counting down the minutes until I can play again. Projection in upper and lower and upper registers. Absolute control soft and loud. Effortless adjustment from bright to dark. I have many friends across the wide world of Pentecost and will be recommending they give it a ride. I have to say that this is not just for the touring pro or weekend warrior but anyone with that loves to play with passion. I’m blown away and wanted to say thanks for your commitment and dedication to producing such an outstanding mouthpiece. "Patrick Chapman, Texas