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What Is the HR* CUSTOM DARK Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece?

The HR* CUSTOM DARK is our premium line of hard rubber saxophone mouthpieces, where the goal was to make the most beautiful sounding and playing pieces that we possibly could. As alto sax players, we know there are often a lot of unpleasant highs in the sound, especially on the higher notes. With the HR* CUSTOM DARK Alto, we retained the fun of playing a great alto mouthpiece while taking all the unpleasant highs off, by shaping a beautiful rollover baffle which gives it the pop and feedback that alto players are used to and then making a big large chamber and bore to give it this mellow, warm pretty sound.

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The HR* CUSTOM DARK Alto uses the finest material used in hard rubber mouthpieces today, which is our proprietary Chedeville® Rubber. CHR (Chedeville Rubber) is a softer purer formula than regular standard hard rubber. This rubber imparts a rich warm sound.

Next we made rounded sidewalls that add complexity to the core sound.

HR star CUSTOM DARK Alto Bore

A large round chamber puts the timbre in a warm dark zone and the thick heavy gold plated brass band on the shank boosts the amount of harmonics in the sound.

HR star CUSTOM DARK Alto Baffle

The facing curve and baffle on the HR* CUSTOM DARK are what truly make the mouthpiece a joy to play.  We have applied our twenty years of making mouthpieces on these two key components of a mouthpiece, with a combination of science, technology and old fashioned made by hand craftsmanship.

Thanks for reading the description of this mouthpiece. Now all we need is for you to try it and see what you think.

Jody Espina – Designer, Founder and President – JodyJazz

JodyJazz HR* CUSTOM DARK Alto Sax Mouthpiece Price: $350

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Jody Espina plays the JodyJazz HR* CUSTOM DARK Alto Mouthpiece

Mike Burton plays the JodyJazz HR* CUSTOM DARK Alto Mouthpiece

What Does The HR* CUSTOM DARK Alto Do?

  • Beautiful Warm Spread Tone
  • Free Blowing
  • Reed Friendly
  • Player Can Shape their Sound
  • Huge Bottom End with Power on Top When Needed
  • Traditional Jazz Sound
  • Annoying highs in the tone rolled off

How Does The HR* CUSTOM DARK Alto Do It?

  • Proprietary Chedeville Hard Rubber Formula
  • Large Round Chamber
  • Curved Undercut Sidewalls
  • Heavy Solid Gold Plated Brass Ring on Shank
  • CNC Machined From Solid Bar Stock
  • Expertly Hand Finished Baffle, Tip Rail and Table
  • Unparalleled Quality Control
  • Play tested by Jody Espina

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JodyJazz HR* CUSTOM DARK Alto Sax Mouthpiece Available Tip Openings

  • 4 = .066
  • 5 = .072
  • 6 = .078
  • 7 = .083
  • 8 = .090
  • 9 = .100
HR star CUSTOM DARK Alto Table

Does Not Include Ligature

This mouthpiece does not come with a ligature. Your current ligature (if you have a hard rubber mouthpiece) should fit this mouthpiece, but for upgrades on the ligature you can look here at our POWER RING® Ligatures. The POWER RING AS1 – Gold and AS1S – Silver models are made specifically for the HR* CUSTOM DARK Alto mouthpiece. You can also look here at our H-Ligature options as well.


Jodyjazz Power Ring Ligatures

Upgrade to a POWER RING® Ligature

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.

A Story From Jody

Playing this mouthpiece is as comfortable as putting on a pair of broken-in dress shoes as opposed to a brand new pair. What I mean by that is that when you play some mouthpieces it feels like your air and throat are being constrained but when you play the HR* CUSTOM DARK it feels like you are being welcomed into the piece where your air and throat can be comfortable and do whatever they want.

I want to share a funny story about the prototyping phase of the CUSTOM DARK Tenor which was the first HR* CUSTOM DARK in the Series. One day when I was sitting in the show room playing the latest versions of the of the HR* CUSTOM DARK and I had the 4 or 5 latest prototypes in front of me. There was also a display tray of POWER RING ligatures on the bar. As I contemplated which prototype was playing with the right amount of brightness and darkness, I was looking at those POWER RINGs and I looked at the shank of the mouthpiece and POWER RING MS1 for Soprano. I took the soprano POWER RING and I was able to jam it on the end of the shank. When I played the mouthpiece I instantly noticed that the mouthpiece had more harmonics in the sound the same way the POWER RING ligature adds harmonics to the sound of the mouthpiece. Of course we then designed a ring to fit perfectly on the shank of the HR* CUSTOM DARK Tenor and have similarly designed a new ring for the new HR* CUSTOM DARK Alto.

HR star CUSTOM DARK Alto Side and Front
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