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JodyJazz DV Alto
U.S. Patent No. 7,470,844
U.S. Patent No. 7,470,844
Jody Espina has introduced the concept of Golden Section Proportions to the art of high end saxophone mouthpiece design. The DV Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece has a perfect chamber/bore/facing combination will result in an extraordinary playing experience for you.
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.
The mouthpiece comes with a Rovner Star Series Ligature & Cap, Deluxe Mouthpiece Pouch and special Wood Cylinder case. Free domestic US Priority Mail shipping and handling included. (Click “Buy Now” button to see overseas shipping)
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You will love the simplicity, beauty, and effectiveness of the POWER RING Ligature. The POWER RING provides both a significant improvement in performance and greatly enhanced visual appeal.
The POWER RING features a concave inner design, which reduces the touch points on the reed, thereby maximizing reed vibration. There are no moving or added parts, thereby increasing the efficiency of vibration. The increased mass and greater wall thickness of the new POWER RING Ligature, together with its more contoured shape, provides a more solid contact with the reed at the points where they touch. This allows the most freedom and vibration of the reed, which in turn also increases the amount of harmonics present, allowing the fullest saxophone sound containing high, mid, and low frequencies.
The POWER RING MA1 (Gold) and MA1S (Silver) models are made specifically for the DV Alto mouthpiece in the 5, 6, 7 & 8 tip openings. The POWER RING MA1 Plus model fits only the DV Alto in the 9 tip opening. Chose the POWER RING MA1 Plus model ONLY if you have the DV Alto 9 mouthpiece. Click here for more information on our POWER RING Ligatures.
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.
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.
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.
Almost all metal mouthpieces in the past and at the present time are made out of brass which can contain up to 3% lead. The lead in the brass is one of the components that give this particular brass it ’s hardness or rather it’s softness which makes it have a particularly pleasing sound to musicians. Proposition 65 from the state of California requires manufactures to label any products that have compounds in them that have been found to cause Cancer or Reproductive Harm. Lead is one of these Compounds. JodyJazz mouthpieces are electroplated with a layer of copper, then a layer of Nickel, Silver or Rhodium, and then a layer of Gold or Silver. This electroplating ensures that the raw brass is never in contact with the player.
This is Jody Espina and yes myself and my employees have been using JodyJazz Gold or Silver Plated brass mouthpieces for many years. My first JodyJazz brass mouthpiece was made in 2001 and I have continuously been playing JodyJazz brass mouthpieces since. I played my first metal mouthpiece in 1979 on tenor sax and have always used a brass mouthpiece on tenor sax ever since then.
Yes. Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins Stan Getz, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, John Coltrane, Michael Brecker, Tom Scott Andy Snitzer are just a few of the 1000’s and 1000’s of players who have played brass mouthpieces.