Category Archives: HR* Tenor
Frank Zona, El Paso, Texas
“Jody Just purchased a Tenor DV and an HR mpc for my late model Mark VI from wwbw. I want to share my experience with you. I use the HR when playing along with my sax students but the DV is for me. Like most sax players the perfect mpc is the holy grail…………I know you’ve heard this many times. I was reluctant to switch from my Sugal which I’ve played for years but was frustrated with a weak low end and inconsistent altisimo. So I gambled and tried your 7* DV which is not as open as my Sugal at 118. But I wanted a fatter and more reliable low end. The DV came through. It took a little experimenting with reeds. My broken in reeds didn’t play very well and I realized that a stiffer reed was required. I’m using Alexander and Rico Jazz #3. They do the job. I do a smooth/contemporary jazz gig and the projection is great and amazingly the speed of my playing has greatly improved. The notes seem to pop out almost before I hit them. The stuffiness of middle D is gone. I thought it was a leak in the horn or just the nature of my “VI”. But I now have a solid middle D !! I’m also discovering improved intonation on palm keys and higher. Truly a great mpc. For the HR I found a good set up using Alexander NY reeds. It’s a sweet mpc, very versatile, but I need to spend more time with it. Regards”
I just got the mouthpiece yesterday after about a week of searching for the right mouthpiece. WOW! What a difference! I’m a high school student in a jazz band and sax quartet and have been looking for this sound since I started playing, round, rich, big, and above all, easy to play even with worn out, several month old reeds. I tried it out in a music store against 3 others which are now irrelevant – I was sold from my first note! The HR* is not only a mouthpiece, it is a masterpiece!
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