What Is the HR* Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece?
The HR* is a hard rubber saxophone mouthpiece aimed at professionals and students looking for a traditional versatile mouthpiece. High quality control standards, a beautiful warm sound and a nice free blowing feel make these new mouthpieces amazing players. We feel that this mouthpiece may be the best hard rubber alto saxophone mouthpiece on the market.
Warmth & Beauty
We use only genuine, authentic Hard Rubber so the HR* Series has the look, feel and sound of the vintage hard rubber sax mouthpieces that have always been the most highly sought after. The mouthpieces are faced on a special facing machine and then meticulously hand finished and play tested.
Three Goals in Creating the HR* Series of Saxophone Mouthpieces
- To offer the most traditional style of jazz saxophone mouthpiece: round chamber hard rubber, and demand and obtain the most rigorous quality control possible.
- To create a free blowing hard rubber mouthpiece that allows the lowest and highest notes to speak with equal ease.
- To make a hard rubber sax mouthpiece that can sound beautiful, but also give good strong projection when necessary.
JodyJazz HR* Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece as demonstrated by Jody Espina
Paulie Cerra Plays JodyJazz HR* 6M at NAMM SHOW
JodyJazz HR* Alto Sax Mouthpiece Price: $189
The mouthpiece comes with a Rico H Ligature & Cap, deluxe mouthpiece pouch. Free domestic USPS Priority Mail shipping and handling included. (Click "Buy Now" button to see overseas shipping).
JodyJazz HR* Alto Sax Mouthpiece Available Tip Openings
- C* = .066
- 5M = .072
- 6M = .078
- 7M = .083
- 8M = .090
- 9M = .100
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What Does The HR* Do?
- Beautiful Warm Tone
- Free Blowing
- Reed Friendly
- Blends Well
- Power and Projection
- Traditional to Modern Sound
How Does The HR* Do It?
- Genuine Hard Rubber Formula
- Round Medium Chamber
- Even Rails & Tip
- Individually Play Tested
- Unparalleled Quality Control
- Hand Finished Baffle, Tip Rail and Table
- Play tested by Jody Espina
The HR* alto is a round chamber mouthpiece which provides a round sound in contrast to a more focused sound which a square chamber provides. This allows the HR* to sound very pretty and the medium chamber allows the piece to have very good projection when pushed.
Players who now or in the past have played Meyer, Otto Link, Bari, Vandoren, Yanigisawa, or any of the straight ahead hard rubber Jazz mouthpieces out there will be sure to love The JodyJazz HR*. The differences come from our particular facing curve, the exact size and shape of the chamber and our commitment to quality control.
I have found that many players who have been playing a hard rubber alto sax mouthpiece for many years are in need of a replacement ( due to wear and tear) and do not know where to turn. We have had many many converts who came from playing the most popular hard rubber Jazz pieces. These players are almost always surprised at the quality and consistency of JodyJazz hard rubber alto mouthpieces.
TESTIMONIALS FROM JODYJAZZ ARTIST ENDORSERS
Special Notes on The HR* Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece
Expect the JodyJazz HR* alto saxophone mouthpiece to play just slightly brighter than traditional Meyers and Otto Links. This is due to the slightly smaller chamber. Many different sounds are possible on the JodyJazz HR* hard rubber alto mouthpieces. For example: For Classical playing try our C* or 5M model with a relatively hard reed. For a sound similar to Paul Desmond use a HR* 5M or 6M with a harder reed than you might normally use. Play softly and you will hear that beautiful sound with a hint of air it. For a sound more like Cannonball Adderly use a 5M, 6M, or 7 with a softer reed to get that nice jazzy buzz in the sound. (These are just the broadest suggestions. The real answer about sound is for you to experiment and find out what works for you.)
I just wanted to update you on the HR I recently purchased. I recently tried Rico Jazz Selects size 2H on it and by far this is the best sound I have achieved, it's the clearest sound, it projects amazingly but maintains particular control and true fat sound,this is the definition of versatile, and while matching my needs for what it does to make me unique. I know that I'll be playing this piece for the rest of my career. Take care.
Hi there, Jody. I just wanted to thank you. As a working professional, I have tried every mouthpiece out there, and have grown skeptical of the claims of "vintage" sound from new mouthpieces, and especially the "vintage rubber" claims. Consistent workmanship is also hard to find. I am amazed at how many mouthpieces I have tried that arrive with uneven rails or chips in the chamber.
You have been responsive, professional, and extremely helpful. The HR* alto 8M arrived today, and it is stunning. It is the exact sound I am looking for, for straight-ahead jazz.
Wow- way to go, and thanks for striving for great quality pieces. The wide range of tip openings is really helpful, too- I play open pieces, and all those vintage ones are on the opposite side of the spectrum.Chris Lang, Denver Colorado
The mouthpiece sounds great! It is how you described: like a Meyer, but with a little more projection. Exactly what I was looking for. Once again, thanks a lot.Juerg, Switzerland
Thanks a bunch for the great product! I have been very impressed with the mouthpiece and my wife has also noticed a difference in my sound! I am very happy with the piece and look forward to many good years of playing on such a great product. Thanks againZack Jakub
Just a quick word of thanks. Thank You Very Much for an Exquisite Product. I Have had my HR* now for several months, and this is by far one of the best Saxophone MP on the market. Thanks again for a great job.R. Henry, III, M.D
I love the Hr 6M. I'm playing lead alto in our collegiate jazz ensemble, and I finally have that sound of vintage rubber. My saxophone has become my best friend within the past several months, and I want to thank you for this piece of work.
I Just bought this Jody Jazz HR* at a Sam Ash sore, I got to try all their mouthpieces. From Meyer to Otto Link and all the Vandoren ones. I just fell in love with this Mouthpiece and it is at an AMAZING low price. COMPLETELY WORTH EVERY PENNY!!!!!!! i also use Vandoren ZZ reeds with it and it works like a charm. I recommended this Mouthpiece to EVERYONE at my high school. Thank You soooo much Jody it is amazing Mouthpiece!!!!Ernesto Rojas, Downey CA
i played a dukoff d7 vor ages - by accident i had the chance to try your HRs - i just love them! why? the 6M i own gives me a veery great flexibility in sound-expression. then i tried the HR 8 on tenor: it will replace my meyer M6 😉 great response, very rich sound for a hard rubber mtpc - i tried the metal ones to, but i like the HR more, even when playing fusion stuff:-) i use both HRs with harry hartmann's fiberreed reeds. a fantastic combination btw! thx!Roland G-SAX Graf, Zurich Switzerland
" I'm a music educator at the middle school and high school levels in Kentucky and I recommend your mouthpieces to all of my students and colleagues. I think that your HR* mouthpiece is one of the best values available on the market right now: A great piece at a great price! A high quality, hard rubber mouthpiece under $200 is unheard of in this day and age but you guys are making that happen. I find your DVNY to be in a class by itself. I've played on tons of tenor mouthpieces over the years and I was never happy with any of them (too bright, too dead, too hot, etc.) but I've really found my tenor voice through your mouthpiece. Thanks for taking so much pride in your products! Feel free to quote this email if you think it could help you.
My jazz set ups: Alto 1995 Yamaha 62 - JodyJazz HR* 6 with a Bonade ligature and Vandoren ZZ #2 reeds
Tenor 1974 Selmer Mark VI - JodyJazz DVNY 7 with a Rico H ligature and Vandoren ZZ 2.5 reeds "Mike DiPasquale, Kentucky