What Is the DV Soprano 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 Soprano sax mouthpiece is huge.
- To eliminate the annoying shrillness that is associated with loud bright soprano saxophone mouthpieces.
- To have a big fat midrange and bottom end that has never been present before in a soprano sax mouthpiece with strong projection.
Testimonials from JodyJazz Artist Endorsers
JodyJazz DV Soprano Saxophone Mouthpiece Demonstration by Jody Espina
Andy Snitzer Plays DV Soprano Sax Mouthpiece
Ed Calle Plays DV Soprano Sax Mouthpiece. Performing a semi-classical piece with Negroni.
JodyJazz Soprano Sax DV Mouthpiece Price: $550
The mouthpiece comes with a Gold Plated Rico H Ligature, FF 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)
JodyJazz Soprano Sax DV Mouthpiece Available Tip Openings
- 6* = .065
- 7* = .075
- 8* = .085
- 9 = .090
- 10 = .100
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"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 Metal Soprano sax mouthpiece has a warm tone while being able to sing and soar over the top of any band. Sub toning and low notes are extremely easy and Intonation is spot on. To my knowledge, there is no other soprano saxophone mouthpiece that blows like the DV. Most soprano sax mouthpieces have back pressure when play them but the DV soprano will let you play it like your alto or tenor. 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 Soprano sax 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 Soprano mouthpiece and they are surprised everytime.
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.
Special Notes on The DV Soprano Saxophone Mouthpiece
Due to the free blowing nature because of the facing curve of the DV soprano 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. A harder reed also helps the altissimo range.
For this same reason, you may want to try a slightly more open tip than normal.
Tuning: When you first try the DV Soprano I recommend that you push the mouthpiece on the neck until you see a little bit of the neck peeking through the secondary window. This may or may not be the correct position for you but I want to make sure that you start playing near where the mouthpiece will probably go on the neck.
"It is easily the best sax mouthpiece I've ever played and I really enjoyed being able to take a reed right out of the box, and have the ability to play very loud or very softly without any trouble at all. From low to high, everything comes out clean and crisp. I'd like to say that after playing the DV, it is easy to see that the quality just towers over all other current sax mouthpieces, and more than a few of the vintage one's I've played."Neil Broughton, New York
"I tried the DV model and as every sax players in the world i find it wonderful, no more words , congratulations for your work.And of course i WANT ONE!!!! "Dominique de Larrard, Spain
"Give them a try: Jody does great customer service, so if it's not for you, you can return it, provided, of course, that you look after it. I now have that feeling I had with the other DVs of wanting to get back to the horn, because practice is so much more rewarding. Hats off to Jody again!"Prof. Andrew Bowie, UK
"Dear Jody. I will try to contain my list of superlatives so I don't sound like I'm gushing. When I first pulled it out of the packaging, I thought it was perfect in every examination of the workmanship. I put the mouthpiece where you told me to just to where the neck begun to peek through. The pitches were DEAD on bottom to top. This is the free-est blowing soprano sax mouthpiece EVER.. I might end up with a slightly stiffer reed even though this is the most open mouthpiece I have ever used.
Jody-YOU are the Leonardo DaVinci of the saxophone mouthpiece. You have revolutionized sax playing and now especially soprano playing. Adolphe Sax MUST be smiling down on you.
Thank you Jody for constructing and designing something that is keeping a 39 year old passion for playing strong and renewed. Thanks again Jody,
Congratulations,Your mouthpieces and way of doing business are without equal."
"Dear Jody Espina: I've received your Soprano DV yesterday morning'. It's really beautiful and has your super class working´on it, but this is not the best thing. It's sounding´is just perfect, with the most easy and full of soul altissimo I've ever heard. Colourfull and deep heart. You are really a great master. Thank you so much and always keep workin´ please. Kind regards from Spain."Juan Alonso
"I am enjoying your soprano DV 7* sax mouthpiece! It blows freely as your tenor DV does. Thanks for the great pieces!"Don Bell, PA
"Hi Jody. Just want to tell you that I´m now playing the DV both on my Yanagisawa Curved Soprano and on my brand new PMauriat alto. Excellent performance with a crispy and rich tone at the same time - I'm extremely happy with my new choice of mouthpieces!!!"Pal Austnes, Norway
since a few days I received your mouthpiece and, lo and behold, the Jupiter 767 is beginning to sound as a real Soprano! As soon as I got your beautifully crafted piece, I went through all the reeds that after the usual long adjustment period, were just starting to break in, and to my surprise, especially using the harder ones, I was not only able to play up to the G higher note, but the sound was quite good and a perfect intonation! I should have expected it from your art works! Now with the DV on the Soprano I was finally able to play that register without too much trouble, if not for my inner ear! Thank You very much, you are a Genius (so much as the Da Vinci of sax mpc !"
"Give them a try: Jody does great customer service, so if it's not for you, you can return it, provided, of course, that you look after it. I now have that feeling I had with the other DVs of wanting to get back to the horn, because practice is so much more rewarding. Hats off to Jody again!"Professor Andrew Bowie, UK