What Is the HR* CUSTOM DARK Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece?
The HR* CUSTOM DARK Tenor is our premium line of hard rubber saxophone mouthpieces, where the goal is to make the most beautiful sounding and playing piece that we possibly can. In order to achieve this goal we started with 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 created a design that includes rounded sidewalls that add complexity or what I call ”moonglow”, on top of the core sound.
A large round chamber puts the timbre in a warm honey zone and the inspired addition of a thick heavy gold plated brass band on the shank boosts the amount of harmonics in the sound.
The two most important parts of a saxophone mouthpiece in my opinion are first, the facing curve and second the baffle. We have applied our twenty years of making mouthpieces on these two areas, which results in a mouthpiece that I have fallen in love with.
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 Tenor Sax Mouthpiece Price: $395
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TESTIMONIALS FROM JODYJAZZ ARTIST ENDORSERS
Jody Espina plays the JodyJazz HR* CUSTOM DARK Tenor Mouthpiece
Arnie Krakowsky plays the JodyJazz HR* CUSTOM DARK Tenor Mouthpiece
What Does The HR* CUSTOM DARK Tenor 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
- Inspires You to Take Your Sound to the Next Level
How Does The HR* CUSTOM DARK Tenor 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 Tenor Sax Mouthpiece Available Tip Openings
5* = .085
6* = .095
7 = .100
7* = .105
8 = .110
8* = .115
9* = .125
10* = .135
Does Not Include a 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 HRT1 Gold and HRT1S Silver models are made specifically for this mouthpiece. You can also look here at our H-Ligature options as well.
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 of dress shoes. 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 this tenor sax mouthpiece. During the prototype phase which can typically last from six to twelve months, there was a day when I was sitting in the show room playing the latest versions of the of the HR* CUSTOM DARK Tenor. I agonize over these pieces and how bright or dark they are or how free blowing they are or how much resistance they have.
So I was sitting at the bar in our showroom and I had the 4 or 5 latest prototypes of the HR* CUSTOM DARK Tenor 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 a Soprano POWER RING. 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.