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Jody Espina – President

★★★★★
The 6?'s
"The JodyJazz HR* Tenor 6* is a great mouthpiece. I needed a jazz mouthpiece and being a beginner I filled out the JodyJazz 6?'s Tyler Schaefers replied to me and recommend the HR Tenor 6*. I must say, what great advice , my sound is warmer and fuller. Thank you JodyJazz"
-Mark. G
★★★★★
This thing ROCKS! Intonation is good, horn plays more easily and it can blend/play softly!
"I contacted the customer service department at JodyJazz and answered their 6 question survey, and asked about advice on either an HR* or JET for my next bari sax mouthpiece. I play SATB in different/various groups and have played for over 40 years. I am playing in a horn band where we cover a lot of ground: jazz, funk, r&b, straight ahead, etc and was looking for more projection, less resistance, and a bit brighter sound than I was getting from my Otto Link STM 7. I've also played Vandoren V16 B7 which gave me good projection but I didn't like the JK SX90R horn's sound with it in the upper register. Decided on the JodyJazz JET 7 and use the Rico H-style ligature I ordered with it. This thing ROCKS! Intonation is good, horn plays more easily and it can blend/play softly as well as punch through the TOP brass sound when I need it to. I've had it about a month and am still experimenting a bit with slightly softer reeds and have gotten used to its lower beak profile. It is pretty reed friendly but I've always played on medium-long facing curves with a bit higher reed strengths and some embouchure adjustment is expected with this piece along with softer reeds to better accommodate its shorter facing curve. It is pretty easy to play, but does require a little bit more skill in controlling it as it is very responsive and quite low resistance. I am very happy with it and it is quite flexible in what it can do. I am thinking of buying an HR* as well, just to compare and also so I have another nicely hand finished mouthpiece that can cover any of the genres or small combo stuff I may do that the Jet might just be a little bit much for. These mouthpieces seem to deliver a lot for the price and are well made, made in America, and a good deal all around!"
-Mike Fugere
★★★★★
The JodyJazz Giant Tenor 7* was always my favorite
"The JodyJazz Giant Tenor 7* was always my favorite, but I had to experiment with the DV CHI Tenor metal and the JET eventually, just to hear and feel the differences. I currently own all three. I also played a Vandoren mouthpiece for a time. But I always came back to the Giant. Recently, I had to stop playing/practicing due to a moderately severe and long lasting bout of Covid. Just today, I had enough energy to play for about 40 minutes, which was a wonderful feeling. The night before, I had seen Jody's video about embouchure endurance, hours per week playing, and other factors as a means for Jody to help players find the right piece. Remembering his saying that his own embouchure was relaxed across the range, and the importance of the facing curve, etc...I made a slight adjustment to my own embouchure. When I did this, I literally discovered my long sought after personal sound on the Giant. It gave me the "Texas tenor" sound, great intonation across the range, the flexibility in dynamics, and I had to get accustomed to using more air through the horn. I have never been as pleased as I am with the Giant sound with my expertly and recently overhauled Yanigasawa T991. It was a huge leap, and all attributed to the Giant and to Jody's comments, teaching, and advice. I use a 3 Fibracell reed, and I am convinced I have never sounded better on any piece. I also discovered a huge improvement with the DV CHI as well, although I would have to play the Chi a few weeks in order to become totally comfortable with it. I love the spread and larger size of the Giant. I have learned through the years that Jody gives the most accurate and thoughtful advice and descriptions to customers and potential customers. Sure, he wants to sell, and he is getting into other name brands, but it would seem that customers will be able to trust his products and his advice."
-Bruce Henderson
★★★★★
Exquisite sound, Super comfortable and Easy to play
I have used a Meyer 5 mouthpiece on my alto sax and a few years ago I started the search for a mouthpiece for my tenor saxophone. I tried various brands until a teacher recommended me to use a combination similar to my alto saxophone and recommended the JodyJazz HR*. I have been playing the HR* Tenor for 2 years now and although I have a lot to discover about this mouthpiece, I am very happy with it. It makes playing a pleasure.
-Rony Monzón
★★★★★
Brings out such great harmonics and a clear definition of the sound.
"I just got a POWER RING HRT1S ligature for my JodyJazz Giant Tenor, my preferred mouthpiece for some months now. All I can say is WOW! What an immediate and effortless transformation of my mouthpiece! A beautiful round sound with an unexpected body and weight. Feels like my tenor plays itself. As if someone pressed the sustain pedal on the piano. Low notes come out as easy as breathing and altissimo is more music and melody than ever. I chose the silver one. Brings out such great harmonics and a clear definition of the sound. Congratulations. This is an amazing product.
-Dimos Dimitriadis
★★★★★
The SUPER JET Tenor is a work of art and such a pleasure to play.
"I recently bought a JodyJazz Super Jet 8* mouthpiece from Cosmo Music here in Southern Ontario north of Toronto. I had been playing a Dukoff mouthpiece for many years and playing the Jody Jazz Super Jet made me realize that I should have switched to JodyJazz years ago! I had a problem though. The mouthpiece didn't seem to sit perfectly on the neck cork of my 1968 Selmer Mark VI Tenor. In order to keep my horn in tune, the Super Jet was only on the cork about 5/8 of an inch. It felt and looked unstable. I tried a few adjustments without much success so I sent off an email to JodyJazz to ask them if they had any suggestions. Danielle Walker got back to me right away to ask me where I had bought the Super Jet so I told her. She asked if I could take a photo of the Super Jet 8* and send it to her which I did, I also sent her the sales receipt from Cosmo Music where I had bought it. She let me know that the Super Jet that I had bought was an earlier model with a short shank and the current Super Jet Tenor has a longer shank. All I had to do was send her my Super Jet 8* and Jody Jazz would replace it with a new long shank Super Jet 8*. So a few weeks after I sent off my Super Jet to Jody Jazz I received a new JodyJazz Super Jet 8* Tenor mouthpiece with a longer shank. Problem solved! I cannot thank JodyJazz and Danielle Walker enough for their friendly quality service and problem-solving, it is outstanding!! And that doesn't include the quality of the mouthpiece itself. It is a work of art and such a pleasure to play. It feels like I'm cheating somehow because it has made my horn so much easier to play. Thanks so much everyone at JodyJazz!!"
-Neil Kitagawa
★★★★★
The best mouthpiece I've ever played!
"The DV NY Tenor 7 is such a great mouthpiece! It is very free blowing, and the sound is very soft and warm. The design is beautiful, simply a masterpiece. It is the best mouthpiece I've ever played!"
-Juhani Heiskanen
★★★★★
Craftsmanship on this mouthpiece is flawless and every mouthpiece made by JodyJazz is a work of art!
"After already owning two JodyJazz mouthpieces being the HR* CUSTOM DARK for Tenor and a DV NY for Baritone, I have opted for a DV NY for Tenor in 7 tip opening. Jody's help in choosing the right mouthpiece and tip for my liking was spot on and couldn't be happier! Its a very free blowing mouthpiece with a very sweet tone and spot on intonation in all registers! I have chosen a POWER RING too to complement this mouthpiece. Again, craftsmanship on this mouthpiece is flawless and every mouthpiece made by JodyJazz is a work of art! Thank you!"
-Emi
★★★★★
Exceptional mouthpiece, great value
"Having played saxophones for over 40 years, I've played my fair share of mouthpieces, including lots of very expensive ones. I have to say that the HR* baritone piece is one of the best. It is free blowing, has a great consistency from the bottom to the top and great projection. It does everything I want it to do, and all at at great price. I've enjoyed it so much that I subsequently purchased a HR* Custom Dark Soprano which I am equally impressed with. Thank you all at Jody Jazz for your research, skill, expertise and enthusiasm."
-Paul
★★★★★
Great mouthpiece!
"Great mouthpiece! I'm a beginner player and have moved to a D'Addario Select Jazz 6M, which I found to be really challenging to play on. Moved to Jody Jazz HR* Tenor 5* and am loving how it sounds, feels and plays. This particular tip opening is great as your next mouthpiece after the standard Yamaha 4/5C, however I'm not sure if I would be moving up any time soon because I really like all aspects of it."
-Ross
★★★★★
Easy to play, fantastic sound
"A friend of mine sold me his Giant with a number 7* tip opening. I love how easy it is to play from the bottom all the way through to the top. It's brighter than the average piece in my collection but I tend heavily towards the darker warmer toned mouthpieces. I find that with a short warmup period of a couple minutes the tones fill out and bring a sound very similar to my early Babbitt Otto Link. A difference I have found is when I push this mouthpiece hard it modulates to a sound that seems more contemporary and suitable for rock or funk. If I lay low on it I can get the breathy warmth of a ballad out of it as well. Overall this has quickly become one of my favorite mouthpieces for my tenor and is there for me when I want something that can deliver some punch."
-Peter Hawrylyshen
★★★★★
The best mouthpiece ever!
"I've played for the last 15 years on a JodyJazz ESP Baritone (130) and it is powerful and dark. It is one of the best mouthpiece (I have a lot) I ever played. Yesterday I tried the JodyJazz DV NY Baritone (9) and it is easier, very free blowing, warm sound, very definite and precise. I loved it soon and I bought it. Now it is mine. The sound of DV NY is less darker and a little bit less powerful than ESP, but with DV NY you can play with harder reeds. Control is even easier; you can do everything you want. In the shop I compared it with Theo Wanne Durga and ... there is no comparison. Whereas the Durga, while perfect in all registers, has no personality, the DV NY has its own soul and it is wonderful. I think it is the best mouthpiece I ever played with (and I have a vintage Otto Link Florida (metal), a vintage Otto Link Early Babbit (rubber), a very rare Brillart "Personaline" Ebolin ('50s) and so on...). JodyJazz ESP perhaps it still has a more mellow sound, darker, and offers more resistance to those who blow; DV NY, on the other hand, it is much easier and more precise, with a sound that seems "sculpted" with the precision of Michelangelo ... This is a real jewel, a great art work from the skilled hands of Jody Espina. Thanks Jody for this masterpiece!"
-Ippolito Lamedica
★★★★★
Love this mouthpiece
I wanted a brighter and more free blowing mouthpiece than my Meyer hard rubber. I tried the Jet with a Rovner platinum ligature. I can’t believe the sound I’m getting. I can go from soft to loud and run from altissimo to the low registers with ease. Fits well with rock and blues.
-Michael
★★★★★
Great all around hard rubber mouthpiece
You make a great hard rubber ( Stan Getz ) style mouthpiece!
-Murray Middleman
★★★★★
Thank very much for good communication, quick delivery and authentic products
"The JET Tenor 7 really makes saxophonists life easier by being very free blowing, good control and everything you need to perform well. Thank very much for good communication, quick delivery and authentic products, I totally recommend thanks again"
-Jean Philippe Boyla
★★★★★
I can't believe how good the HR* sounds!
"Getting back into playing after a long break I was looking for a different sound that my old concert band mouthpiece. I can't believe how good the HR* sounds! Great mouthpiece and great customer service! Thanks JodyJazz!"
-Mike L.
★★★★★
I highly recommend the JET Tenor if you are on a budget.
"I got my JET about six months ago at my local dealer. I was going in just to try some mouthpieces. I didn’t expect to get anything at all as I was just seeing what I’d like. Well that changed, I ended up buying with what little money I had from birthday the JET mouthpiece and absolutely love it! The fact that it’s so open sounding is great and was a HUUUUGE leap towards the tone I wanted! Granted it’s definitely not the worlds best mouthpiece, I was able to actually buy it new! Not a penny was wasted. I love the little resistance I get on it with a tip opening of a 7 and 2.5 reeds. I highly recommend it if you are on a budget."
-Bryce Christenson
★★★★★
The More Expensive, The Better?
I used to think like that until I get my hand on the HR* Tenor 8. And it was not far from truth. I played saxophone in middle and high school before switched to bassoon. Went to college with it and play exclusively for 6 years, before I pick up a second hand Yamaha tenor from a shop nearby. It came with Yamaha 4c which I don't like much. Then I decided to pick whatever upgrade options they have. And fortunately, it was Jody's piece. The moment I blow into it, I'm struck. "This is MY sound" I thought. It was truly a very bizarre experience for me. These past 6 years, I have some opportunities to coach some kids to play saxophone. Every time I play theirs, I only feel like 'I still can make a sound out of it' nothing more than that. Not until I own mine. Think about it, a guy who play bassoon for 6 years straight, pick up a sax, blow into it and immediately found his own sound. That's how amazing this JodyJazz HR* is. Like many others reviews say, JodyJazz HR* is very free blowing, easy to project and it is actually quite dark. I don't know about you guys but with little experience I have with musical equipment, I feel like I could stick with this piece and I'll be fine for life. Trying new stuff and exploring new possibilities is fun, I totally agree. But I don't want to buy thing that I'm not going to use just for the sake of collecting. In my opinion, JodyJazz HR* truly offer the best value for money compare to others. But right now I'm looking for something more, a bit more darker and fuller. Maybe I'll try the HR Custom Dark soon. Sincerely, Saran P.S. In case you curious, I play a good old Yamaha YTS-24II tenor. It is a YTS-23 with high F#, upgrade mechanisms and gold lacquered all over. Nothing fancy but I practice everyday and very happy with it.
-Saran Jirawichada
★★★★★
Killer mouthpeice
"By far the brightest mouthpiece I have ever played. I can't wait to get in front of 4 trumpets and 4 bones and be heard. Altissimo just got easier! Intonation just got easier."
-Ronald Jenkins
★★★★★
"I have been playing on more expensive mouthpieces, but never have been this satisfied before."
"I was looking for a new mouthpiece for my bari and, after some research I thought that the SUPER JET would give me the punchy sound I was looking for. Unfortunately in my region (Japan) I could not find it and therefore I ordered one through the HP without trying it first. Well, I couldn't be happier!! It is really AWESOME and it's a joy playing those fat bari funky lines. Moreover playing softly is also very easy and is extremely easy to blow. Oh, and one more thing: I have been playing on more expensive mouthpieces, but never have been this satisfied before. I think I found the one for me! 🙂 I use the SUPER JET on my tenor too with a POWER RING Ligature. I prefer that very much to the standard D'Addario ligature included, might upgrade next time!"
-Marco Patella
★★★★★
Wow what a difference!
"I recently purchased a brand new professional series Alto Saxophone after having left the industry 30 years ago . Unfortunately the stock mouthpiece that came with it made me wonder if I should have left well enough alone and not tried to play again this late in life. The sound was pretty bad. I decided to take a chance on a JodyJazz Jet. Wow what a difference! What a beautiful sounding mouthpiece! My chops are slowly coming back and I fell confident that I can do it again. Thanks for a great product!"
-Glenn J McGuinness
★★★★★
JodyJazz HR* user for life
"It has been several years since your advice coupled with recordings to listen to resulted in me buying a JodyJazz HR* Tenor 6*. Since then for me no other mouthpiece I've tried has proved worthy. I no longer even try any other. I recently had this mouthpiece worked for balance mainly and fitted a Legere American Cut reed. Having the mouthpiece worked opened up depths of control and tone. They are a remarkable combination and I will use this mouthpiece till it or I am worn out. Many thanks for the care you have show to me"
-Alexander
★★★★★
Nice warm sound
"From the first try I love the warm sound of this mouthpiece. My current mouthpiece is a JodyJazz HR* Alto. Both are very easy to play, but I prefer the HR* CUSTOM DARK as I like warm, deep sounds. The only improvement I can think of is a nice case instead of just a bag. It leaves the mouthpiece vulnerable in transport and for the price I’d thought a bit of protection would have been nice."
-Susanne Pearce
★★★★★
I was so excited to receive my HR* Alto 5M mouthpiece with the HRA1 POWER RING.
"I was so excited to receive my HR* Alto 5M mouthpiece with the HRA1 POWER RING. It's so much better than my old, stock, mouthpiece. The harmonics are much clearer. I think my old mouthpiece was emphasizing some “off” tones, but the HR* has solved that issue in spades. I also like the engineering of the Power Ring ligature. Very cool."
-Simone Blomberg
★★★★★
Got my sound back with JodyJazz!
"I currently play the JodyJazz Giant 8* for tenor. For me it's the best of all worlds. It offers plenty of projection and it sits in the middle of the dark to bright spectrum. For me, all that means I can color my sound however I need to. It lets me sing out when I need to and even and cut through a loud rock band, but I can use the same piece to blend into a jazz big band sax section or play in more intimate small ensembles. I can subtone all I want and still play way up in the altissimo register with a good tone and dynamics. I've been playing JodyJazz mouthpieces since 2012. At the time I was recovering from a case of Bell's palsy -- a temporary, partial facial paralysis -- which obviously prevented me from playing my horn for a while. As muscle movement gradually returned I was determined to play again but my old mouthpieces had too much resistance for my recovering embouchure. Air would leak out of the side of my mouth because I simply didn't have the physical strength or control to deal with it. Through word-of-mouth I heard about JodyJazz and really appreciated the ethos of more free-blowing mouthpieces. I got a JodyJazz Classic Tenor #8 (which was still in production at that time) and an HR* Tenor #7*, both of which were far less resistant than what I had. I could play again! I was still far from where I wanted to be, but just the ability to make the sounds I wanted to hear kept me going and the more I played, the stronger I got. I truly believe playing accelerated my recovery and JodyJazz had a lot to do with that!"
-Darius Hampton
★★★★★
This is an incredible amazing piece of art, the DV.
"I've never been in love with such an awesome mouthpiece like DV Alto 7 before. Free blowing, reed friendly, I can play the whole register of the sax at ease. This is an incredible amazing piece of art, the DV.
-Abigail Milce
★★★★★
"I already owned the JET Tenor 6 mouthpiece, and decided to invest and get the JET Alto 5 mouthpiece and I couldn’t be happier. This mouthpiece allows me to play soft and loud and has a nice edge to it but not overpowering. If you need a ligature and a mouthpiece cap, make sure you add those to your order, since the mouthpiece does not come with those extra items. This is a great mouthpiece for any jazz student or professional. You won’t be disappointed."
-Shawn Kirkham
★★★★★
It's like playing without restrictions.
"Hello! I wanted to email you because I was able to finally buy receive my SUPER JET 7 mouthpiece for alto sax and I have to say WOW. The difference between my old classical stock mouthpiece and this is night and day. It's like playing without restrictions. I feel like I am free when it comes to airflow its amazing. My tone is bit better. I am still working towards having that professional sound and feel like everyday I am getting closer. Also your recommendation for the Java reeds 2.5 was spot on they work perfectly. Thank you so much it was everything I hoped it would be and then some."
-David Whitehead
★★★★★
Looking forward to playing more!
"I am very disappointed that I didn't buy this mouthpiece years ago. I have been playing on an old Otto link 7. I thought it was good enough for me. When I put the new mouthpiece on the sax I was amazed at how much better it sounded and how much easier it was to play. It's more fun to play. Easier to practice. Looking forward to playing more. I also go a power ring ligature. I do notice the extra weight on the horn, but that is a small issue. Thank you very much."
-Dave S
★★★★★
Amazing customer service, amazing mouthpieces, and an amazing company.
Amazing customer service, amazing mouthpieces, and an amazing company. Highly recommend the 6 questions quiz: fast and hugely informative reply’s from real people!
-Ed
★★★★★
Dark and Husky
JODY JAZZ HR* mouthpiece: When I was looking for a mouthpiece that would help me improve my playing amd tone I came across Jody Jazz on YouTube and Net , who I noticed were making huge range of mouthpiece. Enough to confuse any guy. When I contacted they asked me six questions, Mr Jody Espina looked at them and suggested the right mouthpiece for me. Problem that was seemingly very tough was solved in no time. Now I have the JODY JAZZ HR* mouthpiece and I am so happy. The mouthpiece led me to beautiful rounded tone, little Dark but husky. That’s in lower octave. When I step up to higher octave it becomes smooth and easy. In short, without much effort, I am playing what I feel like. Also, the folks say my tone has changed. Loved the Matt finish, machined surfaces and hand-finished curves. It has very good looks and amazing sound. Thanks again to Jody Espina and his team for suggesting me and making me play sax more often as I am enjoying it now.
-Dileep Naik
★★★★★
Great Mouthpiece
"I purchased the HR* Soprano 6* mouthpiece after corresponding with Jody through the website. His recommendation was right on the money. I liked it so much I bought the same model for my Tenor. Definitely a JodyJazz convert."
-Doug Hider
★★★★★
HR* Custom Dark = Best Mouthpiece Ever!!!
"I can literally lose track of playing time with these HR* CUSTOM DARK mouthpieces on all my horns. They simply elevate the quality of play and enjoyment so much it feels like cheating."
-David Brown
★★★★★
Easy player with a big bright sound
"I’ve been playing for 45 years and have used Dukoff’s most of the time. I tried the JET Tenor and love it. I was impressed at the big bright sound with so little effort to play. It also can do the sub tones and altissimo. Very easy to control."
-JD Goldberg
★★★★★
All I can say is, WOW!!!
"Well, I've played on Many mouthpieces in over 30 years, And I've also represented other High-end brand mouthpieces as an independent manufactures sales rep. I still felt like I was missing something and still with high-end mouthpiece I was a rep for, I wasn't able to get all I wanted. But WOW!!! This JodyJazz SUPER JET Gives me more than what I was expecting! I finally have what I've always wanted! I also added the Super Ring, and Not only can you fill the difference with the H style ligature it comes with, you can feel it! I finally had an amazing Soprano that I designed and had manufactured in Taiwan arrive and Wow, between the alloys of the horn and now with the SUPER JET, What combo I have in Soprano. Now moving forward to ALL my mouthpieces being nothing but JodyJazz. Jody, you are truly a special person and have an incredible gift in creating the BEST Mouthpiece products and I with all my respect as not only a player, Technician and Designer of woodwinds, I am so proud to be part of the JodyJazz family that play on JodyJazz! Keep up the great work!"
-Frank Salazar
★★★★★
It has never been so easy to make the saxophone speak so well
"First of all I would like to mention that having the mouthpiece in just three days was an excellent experience. Now regarding the mouthpiece I must say it was the best decision ever. At least for me deciding to invest in a mouthpiece in this price range without considering myself as a pro player was kind of difficult. But being an intermediate musician and having enjoyed the instrument so much for more than 30 years (now I’m 50 years old) I decided to give myself the opportunity. As always, when purchasing a new mouthpiece (both metal or rubber) I brought a bunch of reeds (different strength and brand) and some ligatures to start the pairing process. It has never been so easy to make the saxophone speak so well with such a variety of reeds with their specific characteristics, from natural cane to synthetic reeds. I feel even more motivated to practice and keep improving as a musician. Thanks a lot to the JodyJazz team for being so helpful in providing the recommendations. The JodyJazz DV Alto 6, the best mouthpiece I have ever owned, period."
-Héctor M. Colón
★★★★★
Simply the perfect match!
"Simply the perfect match for my DV NY Alto 6 mouthpiece!"
-Martin Kaiser
★★★★★
The low to the high register and simply perfect.
"Jody Espina answered my many questions in several personal and very friendly emails and made it a lot easier for me to choose the "right“ mouthpiece. Finally, the choice fell on the DV NY Alto with a tip opening of 6. It sounds wonderful, the response is simple and great, from the low to the high register and simply perfect. You really can see and feel the dedication with which the mouthpieces were created! Thank you so much, Jody!"
-Martin Kaiser
★★★★★
The GIANT is Superb!!
"The GIANT Tenor 10* (George Garzone model) is the freest blowing BIG mouthpiece I have ever experienced. Having played a few different 10* Otto Link’s for years and never achieving the sound or flexibility I needed in those pieces, I gave up on the big metal mouthpiece game and resigned myself to playing 8* facings. I have had much success with that set-up and felt content with my decision to switch. But after hearing some folks play the GIANT 10* online, I was interested for sure. There is so much tone and versatility in sound available from this piece that I was amazed the very first time I played it. From sultry dark sub tones all the way to bright rock-n-roll honking tenor! This mouthpiece is destined to be a classic and is versatile enough to fit into any playing situation. I encourage everyone interested in playing a big tip opening piece to try the GIANT in 9* or 10* tip openings. Great work Jody and Garzone!!!!"
-Arthur Edmaiston
★★★★★
Excellent
I am no expert only been playing a couple of years was given a Selmar c star which I thought was a good mouthpiece. But decided to try the hr star 6m after seeing a recommendation by jay metcalfe of better sax and after a bit of getting used to it my tone is has seen a dramatic improvement I am using a legere American cut 2.5. Highly recommend from a beginner who has no great knowledge but this has made me look forward to picking up my sax everyday.
-Mick Brown-leng
★★★★★
"Whoa, Was blown away by how free blowing the HR custom dark 7 is in comparison but with a really big sound."
"I previously played an HR 6 on tenor. Was blown away by how free blowing the HR custom dark 7 is in comparison but with a really big sound. I picked up a power ring for it and cannot believe the difference. This is a great set up for me on so many levels. I already had a really affable sound, so I'm excited to further explore this new set up."
-Rex Trimm
★★★★★
"My New Favorite Mouthpiece"
"I fell in love with JJ mouthpieces several years ago and own several Until today, my favorite was an HR*, 7 tip opening with a 2 1/4 Legere reed on a Selmer Reference 54 tenor. This setup plays in tune across the register which is great. I love the rich relatively dark low end of the horn. Having said that I have always felt the upper register was slightly brighter and a little "out of balance" with the lows. Like I said, that was until today when I received my HR* Custom Dark with a 7 tip opening. With everything else exactly as described above I now have a horn that still plays in tune across the entire instrument. The lower register is slightly darker than the HR* but the upper register is much darker and in perfect balance. This is a great mouthpiece and a perfect companion for my 7* Giant which if my second favorite mouthpiece for those times when I want (need) a brighter sound. Thank you for delivering on a promise. I'm a very happy customer."
-Keith from Cincinnati
★★★★★
Love the HR* Custom Dark Alto
"I have only been playing the alto sax for one year so I am not that great. However, I wanted a mouthpiece that would give me a unique sound. The Custom Dark is the one for me. I tried the HR 4 and the HR 5. I returned them and ordered a 4 Custom Dark. I absolutely love this mouthpiece. It gives me the sound that I was looking for and it is easy to play. I have a little COPD and was concerned about the amount of air that I could produce. The Custom Dark is perfect for me."
-Lawrence Gasaway
★★★★★
Newfound fun with my soprano
"I almost quit playing the soprano, intonation was always a problem and I couldn't find a mouthpiece that would allow me to do what I was able to do with my Tenor. But luckily I found the JodyJazz HR* and with the forgiving nature, the beautiful sound and help with intonation I have started to use my soprano again with joy and now am even performing with it in a small jazz band, thank you so much for making that miracle happen!!"
-Bernhard Pleschko
★★★★★
Transformation of sound
My Name is Chris Stansfield I'm a Jazz Vocalist, in Adelaide Australia, and I'm studying a Bachelor of Teaching and Music Education at the University of Adelaide. The Elder Conservatorium is part of the University and it is Australia's most senior music Conservatory. As part of the degree, students are required to have a second instrument. I chose Tenor Saxophone, as it was the first instrument I played in high school and in my early 20s. I haven't played for nearly 30 years. I bought a second hand student sax off a friend who bought it for his son, but he lost interest, so he offered it to me to buy. It is a Axiom Prelude. It retails here in Australia for $799.00 The sound of the horn was terribly bright and the mouthpiece was not really helping the situation, it was an assault on the ears. After answering Jody's 6 questions I gave the HR Dark Custom 6*, which Jody had recommended, a blow at a local distributor here in Adelaide, Presto Music and Instrument Repairs. I paired the mouthpiece with a 2&1/2 Vandoren ZZ reed and BG Duo ligature I was absolutely gobsmacked, the transformation of the horn's tone was miraculous. Gone was the nauseatingly bright sound and intonation issues, and squeaking, I almost didn't believe my ears. It was replaced by a lovely warm dark tome. Simon Clarke, Presto's owner was very impressed too and glad he had included the HR Dark Custom in his range of mouthpieces'. If you are looking for darker sound on your horn, you can't go past the HR Dark Custom, that Jody has designed, it is a work of art. Don't hesitate and try different a lot of different mouthpieces on your search for a darker sound, you can't go past The Jody Jazz HR Dark Custom range of mouthpieces.
-Chris Stansfield
★★★★★
"I've been looking for this mouthpiece for a very long time."
"I’m super happy with my tenor custom dark 9* Sound really good in the way I feel. I've been looking for this for a very long time. A warm, matt and very deep sound."
-Marc Jufer
★★★★★
Unrivaled and Excellent customer support and guidance
"Though I have been playing for 40 years, I have never stepped out and really invested in my horns. As a family of meager means, I was blessed with finding an old King Sax in a shed behind our house, which is likely the only way I was able to get a musical instrument. I don't know that I even knew what a sax was, but my Mom put about $80 into it and I learned how to make noise, played some scales and the rest is history for me. I have always been intimidated by "Real" sax players who were taught their instrument and understand Music Theory (still working on that ) and when I hear them play I feel like should just sell my horns and stick to vocals as they are so AMAZING it makes my playing sound like a flock of geese! Then came Jay Metcalf at Better Sax on Youtube and it was easy to learn without being embarrassed by what I did not know. I was inspired when he extolled the consistency of Jody Jazz Mouthpieces. That felt like something I could invest in with confidence. Even though I have been blessed and have the money to spend now, it is still not easy to let go of dollars for my hobbies, especially for something I may not like. I travel for a living and cannot play nearly as often as I like, so I don't get the use out of my horns that Pros do. I finally decided to go for it, as my $5 Tenor mouthpiece just wasn't cutting it in the Horn Band I have stepped in to. I went on the JJ website and was surprised to learn I could try several mouthpieces and return those that did not work for me. Even more important.. Jody himself responded to my questions and made recommendations even beyond the "6 Questions". There was no condescension or judgement, just a sincere expression of helping me make a decision that would maximize my experience. The fact that he had $600+ mouthpieces and under $200.. all premium quality meant he understands not all of us are making a career, as much as we would like! I cannot express how much that meant to a Sax Hack like me to have one of the premier players in the world and the Developer of these incredible treasures for the Sax Community to take out time to help me make a choice that he felt would work for me. The Jet 7 has made a huge difference in my Tenor and I am getting one for my Alto as well. Someday I hope to upgrade my Bari as well. Thank you Jody for your inspiration and consideration of every player on the spectrum."
-Jesse Serrano, II
★★★★★
It's a winner!
"Love all your videos. Keep it coming."
-Frank Medina
★★★★★
Fantastic mouthpiece!
"I am loving the HR* for tenor. I am playing the 8* model and love how dark in can be but if you push it you can get an edgier sound appropriate for some more contemporary situations. This has replaced my other mouthpiece I was using and let's me sound like me!"
-Jamie Hicks
★★★★★
This mouthpiece has already transformed my playing!
I have just started to learn the sax and wasn't getting on with the mouthpiece I inherited with it so I was over the moon that after careful consideration and a lot of research, my husband (a pro sax player and teacher) gave me this mouthpiece for my birthday yesterday! His instinct- that this would somehow suit my playing style and personality - couldn't have been more spot on! Despite being so fresh to the instrument, the JodyJazz mouthpiece was instantly distinguishable from the others I have tried but also accessible for me and it feels as though my playing will get to grow with it (if that makes sense!). It has a lush, warm tone and the piece itself is beautifully crafted (and sexy matte finish!) Thanks for making such a magnificent mouthpiece and enriching my saxophone experience even further!
-Rachel Samuel
★★★★★
Perfect Jazz Mouthpiece!
"I have a degree in music, was a school instrumental music teacher for 20 years, and have been a professional musician since the 80s. I've never been completely happy with the mouthpiece I used for jazz and rock, so it was time for a change. Through Jody's awesome trial program, I tried 2 of his mouthpieces, the DV NY and HR* Custom Dark. I had low expectations of the DV NY, since I never liked metal mouthpieces on alto. Most metal alto mouthpieces have a thin and very bright tone. My preference is a full, warm, dark tone. The DV NY tone was completely unexpected, very warm and full, free blowing with just a slight touch of edge when pushed. I found that I can easily play softly and warm, but can also really push it to get enough volume and bite for big band lead alto, without the obnoxious thin, bright and buzzy sound that many metal mouthpieces exhibit. The 6 tip opening is quite comfortable and controllable. Another unexpected difference, is more sympathetic vibration of my Yanagisawa 880, which can be felt while playing. After answering Jody's 6?s and my phone conversation with him, he really nailed down the perfect choice for what I wanted. In addition, it’s a rare treat to communicate directly with the business owner. Jody's mouthpieces are very well made, and the craftsmanship and attention to detail shows. The website mouthpiece descriptions are as accurate as can be described in words. I look forward to many years with my beautiful new DV NY."
-Jeff Love
★★★★★
Fun and easy to use!
"Hello Jody, this is a very fun mouthpiece to play. I'm coming from the Vandoren jumbo java A45 and the super jet is way easier to control. I do not have to think about my voicings as much on the SUPER JET which is awesome. Excited for the pandemic to be over so I can gig with it!"
-Jordan Oczkowski
★★★★
Very happy
Jody was very helpful, patient and gave great advice.
-Valerie LaPlaca
★★★★★
Very Good
Very Good
-Ruben
★★★★★
Getting lots of compliments on my sound...from musicians!
Now that I am playing on a DV on the alto, I am getting lots of compliments on my sound...from musicians!
-Randy Sumrall
★★★★★
I am getting lots of complements on my sound...from musicians!
"Now that I am playing on a DV on the alto, I am getting lots of complements on my sound...from musicians!"
-Randy Sumrall
★★★★★
The SUPER JET Tenor sounds powerful and edgy with unique projection!
"For my first jazz mouthpiece, the Super JET made the time I spent with my tenor sax more enjoyable. The SUPER JET sounds powerful and edgy with unique projection! I loved it!! & Thanks jody espina with very helpful and inventive ideas..
-Serkan Tufekci / Istanbul TR
★★★★★
Easy-blowing all across the range & into altissimo, very loud & bright when pushed but tame when pulling back
"After playing only a few hours on only a couple reeds, the Super Jet alto piece strikes me as similar to my old Dukoff D7*, but without all the "finickiness" of those pieces. Surprisingly easy-blowing all across the range & into altissimo, very loud & bright when pushed (the reason I got it), but tame when pulling back, to the point where you could play in more relaxed/intimate settings. Definitely will not be sending this back, & also want to praise it for being so good stock, right out of the box. I don't see this needing any further tweaking or refinement, as it's the real deal from your shop already!"
-Steve Reber
★★★★★
This mouthpiece is perfect, it's exactly what I was hoping it would be! It's my first JodyJazz mouthpiece.
"I received the HR* Alto 5M mouthpiece this afternoon, lightning fast order processing and shipping! This mouthpiece is perfect, it's exactly what I was hoping it would be! The fit and finish is beautiful and my sax has never sounded better. I've always had a stuffy middle D, but the HR* produces a very balanced tone! I really like my new HR* Alto 5M and I'm very satisfied with my purchase."
-Jimmy Jeeves
★★★★★
This is easily the BEST mouthpiece I've ever played on and completely blew my old mouthpiece out of the water.
"Ordered this mouthpiece a few weeks ago but it was lost by USPS. The folks at JodyJazz were kind enough to send me a new one and it came in the mail yesterday. I'm not a professional player but this is easily the BEST mouthpiece I've ever played on and completely blew my old mouthpiece out of the water. Such an energetic tone and so much control, and it is much easier to play on than I was expecting. I feel like a whole new musician with the great sounds that I've been producing with the Super Jet."
-Josh Yi
★★★★★
Superb!!
After really good and comprehensive advice from Jody on a baritone saxophone mouthpiece, I have bought the DV NY #6 as he suggested. From the very first notes I played with it, I was really blown away with the beautiful dark sound, intonation, and ease of playing in all registers!! It is exactly as explained for my needs - a mouthpiece that is super easy to play and with a dark sound. (considering that I have been playing baritone sax for only just a month). The craftmanship on this mouthpiece is second to none! I fully recommend JodyJazz mouthpieces all the way! Thank you!
-Emi
★★★★★
Fantastic
Great mouthpiece with excellent range and tone, superb build quality.
-Campbell Scott
★★★★★
Great for everything !
I tried the Jet 6 for Alto saxophone because my old mouthpiece was not right for me (because I have Asthma). The Jet is great for R&B, Funk, Soul, Pop, but also clear and full sounding to do some "Jazzwork" but it would not be my favorite mouthpiece for only playing in a Jazzcombo cause it has too much power. Intonation is great, it is quite free-blowing, reed friendly an excellent mouthpiece. Great work!!
-Tobias Schoenauer
★★★★★
The most versatile moutpiece I ever played.
i tried the DV 7 for Alto saxophone . I have Asthma so I only like free blowing mouthpiece. The DV is wow!!! Extremely reed friendly and free-blowing. You can get even a classic Meyer sound out of this piece. It has a full body and after you get used to it (i need only 1 hour) you have great Intonation. I only have to blow and even with a soft reed, i can get a loud, full altissimo. You just have not to bite 😉 Great work! I highly recommend this mouthpiece (also with the Power RIng). The Ring is the perfect Ligature for this mouthpiece.
-Tobias Schoenauer
★★★★★
Sounds and feels great!
I received my JodyJazz HR* Clarinet mouthpiece yesterday and had a chance to play with it a little bit. It sounds and feels great!!! It plays really evenly across all registers, and it felt very comfortable to play from the moment I put it on (which is quite the rarity when trying a new mouthpiece, at least in my experience). Looking forward to doing some more playing on it and checking it out further!
-Virginia MacDonald
★★★★★
PURE JOY
The DV was gold plated, and I hope this doesn't offend you, but I had it silver plated to match my sax and Power Ring. This thing plays like a beast straight out of the box!! I didn't expect that I would be able to play it yet, but I was so mistaken, I felt right at home with it after just a matter of minutes. Wow! the bottom end was so immediately accessible and full-bodied, and I had so much control over pitch all the way to the high C second octave (I'm not at the altissimo zone just yet). So flexible and so, what's the word? chameleon-like, I guess. It morphs from one genre to the other, allowing me to express accurately, all the tonal inflections of whatever style of music I am playing. I feel really unrestrained, really liberated, and it fosters creativity and lively playing far beyond where I thought I was at. Anyhoooo... take care Jody, and thank you so much for the passion you put into Jody Jazz, as it facilitates the magic we are all trying to find in our music. This wonderful DV mouthpiece has done so much for me in a short time, and without any doubt, it takes me to Heaven every time I play. I couldn't ask for anything more in my life. A life without passion is not a life. regards PaulKind regards, Paul Sellick
-Paul Sellick
★★★★★
They were prompt, courteous, and professional.
Jody Jazz was highly recommended to me when I was purchasing a professional mouthpiece for one of my school tenor saxes. I ordered it and then saw that they had charged sales tax for the school purchase, and as soon as I called them, they corrected it immediately. They were prompt, courteous, and professional. I've been notified that the mouthpiece has already shipped and I ordered it less than 24 hours ago. I would highly recommend this store to others and I intend to keep doing business with them in the future.
-Laura Voss - Band Director
★★★★★
It’s so much easier to blow, my embouchure is much more relaxed, and my breath problem has gone.
"Recently got this new mouthpiece following Jody’s recommendation, and wow, what a difference ! I had been playing on a different brand 5* mouthpiece, but struggled with a tight embouchure and needing to exhale before taking a breath. I was happy with the tone, but it was too hard blowing for any length of time. With the JodyJazz HR* mouthpiece and a slightly stronger reed, the tone is just as good, but it’s like playing a different instrument, - it’s so much easier to blow, my embouchure is much more relaxed, and my breath problem has gone. I can reach a wider range of notes now, and overtones and bending notes is even easier. I’m so pleased with this change. Thank you Jody for your recommendation."
-Steve Abbs
★★★★★
It is so great and smooth!!!
I recently purchased the HR costume dark for my also, and loved it so I purchased it on tenor too! It is so great and smooth!!!
-Chloe Montoya
★★★★★
I finally found my sound
I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for recommending the PERFECT mouthpiece for me. I have finally found ‘my sound’. Also, your video on embouchure really helped me to develop this. The HR plays like a dream and the sound is just gorgeous. Thanks for a fabulous service.
-Kerry Scott
★★★★★
The best playing mouthpiece I have played.
"Received the mouthpiece today and is the best playing mouthpiece I have played. Great tone and ease of playing."
-Steven Hoag
★★★★★
I can't believe what I was missing without this mouthpiece.
"My first reaction to playing the DV was that I couldn't believe how full it sounded for being a metal mouthpiece! Up until now I had always associated metal mouthpieces with being harsh and shrill, but that is not the case with the DV. It has the perfect balance of lushness and edge to allow me to play a wide variety of music. I find myself playing mostly rock nowadays and the DV has given me the extra horsepower to really cut without sacrificing my tone. It is worth every penny! Jody and his team were amazing with setting up a trial for me and I can't recommend enough that others set one up if they aren't sure what to purchase. Jody was not kidding in his YouTube videos; you really have to play the DV yourself to believe it!"
-Andrew R.
★★★★★
Jody recommended the JET for my tenor and I absolutely love this thing!
"I am just a student, and a huge fan of Kirk Whalum and Gerald Albright. I have wanted to play my whole life, but didn't. Now at 43, I am three years in and couldn't get one altissimo note for the life of me. I emailed Jody after watching him on Nigel McGill's Sax School and answered his six questions. He recommended the Jet for my tenor and I absolutely love this thing. I am sounding great, my notes are clear as can be, I am motivated to study and practice more. I also use the Power Ring which gives me a whole new feel. I can't wait to also get the HR* for my tenor (I already own one for my soprano and that is just amazing) in a few months and make my collection complete. Thanks for your care and attention Jody! Seriously."
-J.C. Polanco, Esq.
★★★★★
This mouthpiece is perfect for any acoustic playing environment.
"Hi Jody, I wanted to let you know how happy and literally in love with the new HR Custom Dark Tenor Mouthpiece I purchased in May 2020. I have been playing in the West Chester Community Concert Band since 1991, and feel this mouthpiece is perfect for any acoustic playing environment. The tone quality and the feel/resistance with this new piece is what I have been looking for. Thank You so much! Mark"
-Mark Dugan
★★★★★
My JETS are my favorite mouthpieces ever!
"I've always struggled with metal mouthpieces. They never felt comfortable to me. I bought the JET Alto because I play a JET Tenor and it's my favorite tenor mouthpiece so I figured I'd give the alto version a shot. My JETS are my favorite mouthpieces ever! They do everything I want in a mouthpiece: versatility, free blowing, screaming altissimo, easy to tune, not thin sounding like other pieces I've tried, and comfortable. It's like Jody made this mouthpiece with me in mind (I know he didn't but that's how strongly I feel about this mouthpiece). It's a perfect fit for me. Jody is a genius!
-Matthew Duplantis
★★★★★
I'm really enjoying my new HR* Soprano 6* Mouthpiece and HRS1 Power Ring
"As a member of Sax School, Jody Espina gave us a masterclass (with Nigel McGill) on mouthpiece design and manufacture - it was fascinating. As part of the session there was an offer to help select the correct set-up for each individual. I couldn't wait to take this opportunity and was delighted when my new soprano mouthpiece and ligature arrived - it was everything I hoped for with a round harmonious sound, easy blowing and the ligature was easy to use and adjust. Thank you all at JodyJazz for your help and assistance."
-Gary Clayton
★★★★★
Very dynamic, POWERFUL but outstanding in the low register
"I was looking for a versatile mouthpiece for my Mark VI. I was looking for something that can play quiet (especially in the low register / subtones) but also bright, edgy and loud. After researching for a while I narrowed down my options to DV CHI and SUPER JET, but where I live (Tokyo) is not that easy to find this kind of high end mouthpieces. So I answered to the 6 questions in the JodyJazz website and the next day Jody himself contacted me recommending a couple of distributors in Japan. I was able to try a few other JodyJazz models, but the Super Jet is what I was looking for: very dynamic, POWERFUL but outstanding in the low register as well. Great sound and awesome altissimo! I am extremely satisfied! I ordered a silver power ring as I prefer that kind of ligature."
-Marco Patella
★★★★★
...a masterpiece, easy blowing, nice and dark sound without projection compromise.
After several email exchanges with Jody giving me bits of advice and hints to find out a mouthpiece that suits me on my Conn 10M, I've finally chosen the Custom Dark. The reason is simple: the sound is terrific! It is a masterpiece, easy blowing, nice and dark sound without projection compromise. At last, this mouthpiece allows me to be in tune with my vintage saxophone. If you are a Conn 10M player and experience intonation problems with small chamber or modern mouthpieces, don't miss this out. The custom dark is the solution!
-Emmanuel Lochin
★★★★★
Ask and you shall receive with the HR* Clarinet 7!
"This mouthpiece took me a couple days to figure out. Now I can say that when I ask for something it delivers. When I ask for the warm, sensuous wood subtends they are there right away. When I want to go from smooth and flowing to quick and choppy it just happens. When a feeling hits me and I want to hear it I can right away. This mouthpiece takes more control than most of the ones I've tried. With good application of air, shape, and pressure it delivers from a very broad library of sound. There is not a situation that I can think of where this mouthpiece would be out of its element."
-Peter Hawrylyshen
★★★★★
The BEST Bright Mouthpiece on the Market.
The SUPER JET by far is the best quality for the money mouthpiece in the metal bright category. Altissimo notes are effortless, it has more power than you could possibly need but never becomes shrill like some famous vintage pieces in the same category. It also has an amazing amount of warmth and body if you want. If your trying for that David Sanborn or Gerald Albright type of sound this will get you as close as it can the rest... well that’s up to you. Way to go Jody you hit this one out of the park and into the Hudson.
-Benjamin Hostetler
★★★★★
The SUPER JET allows you to cut through a "plugged in" band (electric guitar, bass, drums)!
"The Super Jet does exactly what it was designed to do for the sax -- it allows you to really cut through a 'plugged in' band (electric guitar, bass, drums) or a loud brassy band. However, you can still achieve a controlled sound if you need to blend in. As advertised, this mouthpiece produces a very bright & focused sound throughout the entire register of the sax. Furthermore, I've been able to reach the altissimo register much more easily with the Super Jet. It's just been a blast to play on! The most valuable part of my experience with investing in a new mouthpiece has been the fantastic customer service from JodyJazz. Despite having success with adjusting to this mouthpiece on my alto sax, my first attempts with trying the Super Jet (7*) on my tenor didn't go quite as well. After emailing the company, Jody Espina (the founder, president, & designer) actually contacted me, & spent his time figuring out the best way to solve my dilemma. Along with providing some very valuable advice regarding embouchure adjustments, he sent me three mouthpieces to try out. Ultimately, I exchanged the Super Jet 7* for a 6. The entire JodyJazz crew have been incredibly understanding & helpful, & the return/exchange process was seamless. I highly recommend doing business with this company. They truly care about helping musicians find the right product for their needs!" Wendy Kristen Leber, Seattle, WA
-Wendy Kristen Leber
★★★★★
The DV is a phenomenal mouthpiece but the thing that really sold me was the great support
"I'm a relatively novice player, even though I've been playing for 5 years. I saw Jody on the McGill School video and decided to upgrade my mouthpiece. After filling out the "6 Questions" and exchanging a series of emails and phone calls with Jody and his staff. I picked out two hard rubber mouthpieces. They played great but then I decided to try out the DV. I had long conversations with various members of Jody's staff. They were professional, knowledgeable, and extremely patient with me, answering every question. The DV is a phenomenal mouthpiece. Even with my mediocre playing, the sound is so much better and it is so much easier to play the DV than any other mouthpiece I've tried. And did I mention that it is a beautiful piece of art. The DV is great but the thing that really sold me was the great support I got from the JodyJazz team. I highly recommend them to any player, amateur or professional."
-Jacob Pankowski
★★★★★
HR* Custom Dark Alto 6 with the HRA1 Minus Power Ring Ligature is the perfect combination!
"Love this mouthpiece which gives a full rich, warm tone. Free blowing and easy to control whether playing a ballad , swing, pop or funk. So glad I chose this mouthpiece! It works perfect with the HRA1 Minus Power Ring Ligature."
-Jacqui Sutton
★★★★★
The sound is rich and full!
"I was looking for a dark, smooth sound on my Rampone & Cazzani Solista Alto Sax, which would allow me to use it across various genres such as classics and Jazz ballads. The HR* CUSTOM DARK Alto 5 ticks all the boxes. It's fun and easy to play and the sound is rich and full - sax and mouthpiece harmonize very well. This is my eighth mouthpiece from JodyJazz and I love them all for their various styles when I am playing on soprano, alto and tenor."
-Wolfgang Voigt
★★★★★
Have soprano will travel.
After receiving my JodyJazz HR* Soprano Mouthpiece and playing on it all I can say is 5* 5* 5* 5* 5*!
-Dexter Graham
★★★★★
It has skyrocketed my motivation and makes me want to practice and play more and more.
The Jode Jazz DV Tenor is a fantastic mouthpiece, I'm really excited about it! You can immediately see the amount of work and care put into making it, I love the sound, the playability… everything about it. Every time I play it I find new nuances, inflections… It has skyrocketed my motivation and makes me want to practice and play more and more.
-Alexis Reina
★★★★★
Awesome!!
After changing several Tenor mpcs, I came across the Jody Jazz Custom Dark for Tenor. From the very first notes, I realized that this mouthpiece was special! Indeed after playing it for more than 6 months now, I can say that it is by far the best mouthpiece I have played/owned! Thank you Jody for making these mouthpieces! Hopefully, we will have a Custom dark for Bari Sax too in the near future 😉 Keep up all the good work!!
-Emi
★★★★★
Better "equipment" does make a difference!
I received the Power Ring as part of a promotion to try out some Jody Jazz mouthpieces. I was pleased with the richer sound from the mouthpiece I purchased (the HR* Alto 6m) and was surprised to also notice a favorable improvement from the new ligature. I have only been playing for three years so I have a long way to go but better "equipment" does make a difference!
-Rick Bryant
★★★★★
Great personalized service and advice
I played sax as a kid and kept my 1948 Selmer SBA alto saxophone, though I did little else with it, through 50-years of school and work--just taking it up again with renewed passion and discipline when I retired earlier this year. As I began to improve--learning blues scales and jazz techniques for the first time, with the help of great interactive internet instructional resources--I came across an online interview with Jody Espina about saxophone mouthpieces and realized that I was still playing with my original student mouthpiece from 55 years ago. So I went to the JodyJazz website, answered the six questions designed to help sax players choose the right mouthpiece, and got a great informative commentary from Jody in response, recommending that I try two JodyJazz mouthpieces: the HR*6 and the JET6. I was pleased with the 3-week trial and return policy and even more pleased when, after practicing with both mouthpieces, I emailed a question about how I felt my embouchure was working differently with each and, within two days, got an insightful personal response from Jody along with a link to another of his videos to help me both make the right mouthpiece choice and maximize the fit between the mouthpiece and my playing style. I'm excited about playing with my new mouthpiece (and the elegant Power RIng ligature that I got for the JET. Great product, great knowledgeable and personal service. Thanks, JodyJazz.
-Evan Carton, Austin, TX
★★★★★
Great Product! Great Service!
"Had a chance to hear about JodyJazz product during recent Sax School presentation and was intrigued to try the product after hearing from Jody. When I called the business line to discuss more I was blown away by the service and simple explanations provided that helped me with my purchase. I was able to try three different mouthpieces and two different ligatures while only being charged for a fraction down. I kept the product I wanted and returned the rest and the final pricing was adjusted. I even had the opportunity to speak with Jody "the man" himself, which was an honor. What great service! Oh, and I love your product! The DV Tenor Sax 6 was just what I needed and has helped me tremendously round out my sound while providing plenty of growth room for me. I absolutely love the power ring ligature and don't know how the "rest of the sax world" lives without it. lol. You have won my loyalty and I look forward to continuing to give you my business in the future while recommending you to all that I can. Thank you."
-David Brown
★★★★★
Great for a returning player and better match for my skill.
"I was initially drawn to the DV CHI, but after answering the 6?s, Jody steered me towards the DV "BEATBoX" as a better match for my skill. I am so grateful he took the time to do so, because this mouthpiece is amazing for me. As someone who played when younger but is only just returning to the saxophone after some time away from music due to life getting in the way, it is great to have a mouthpiece that allows me to grow as a musician, and will still be a great match as I recover my skills and hopefully continue to improve past where I was before."
-John Caswell
★★★★
HR* CUSTOM DARK Alto is super easy to play
"I picked this mouthpiece up locally after trying out another. It has a beautiful resonance to the tone that I just love. It growls more easily than any other mouthpiece in my collection. Super easy to play, pretty much no effort at all. Between the sound and how easy it is to play I don't want to put my sax down ever again. It didn't come with any kind of ligature otherwise I would give it a 5 star rating, so I threw on my Rovner and it was off to the races. The sound is easy to manipulate from super quiet and dark to screaming away. I really appreciate the breath of tone available and it is now my favorite mouthpiece on both the Alto as well as the Tenor. I actually got the one for the tenor first and loved it so I thought I'd give it a try on Alto and have no regrets at all. Looking forward to many hours ahead on this mouthpiece."
-Peter Hawrylyshen
★★★★★
Best experience ever purchasing my HR* Tenor 6* and Power Ring
"I had the most amazing experience ever buying my JodyJazz HR* Tenor 6* mouthpiece. I have never dealt with a company that has taken as much time as JodyJazz has to ensure that I purchased the mouthpiece that was right for me. JodyJazz's customer service and attention to detail is out of this world. As for the mouthpiece, it is fantastic, amazing quality, aesthetically very pleasing and it sounds amazing. I also purchased the Power Ring Ligature, what a revolutionary idea, I love it, very user-friendly and very effective, in addition it looks great. JodyJazz is an amazing company with the highest quality customer service and product. Very highly recommended.
-Lisa G.
★★★★★
Loved them!
I recently purchased the HR custom dark and the Rousseau NC4 for alto saxophone and loved them! Jody is very good at communicating and was super helpful. I look forward to continuing to use these mouthpieces through my career!
-Chloe Montoya
★★★★★
It feels as if this mouthpiece perfectly suits me.
"After quick feedback on my six questions, I got a lot more very helpful advice via e-mail. This in addition to the valuable information on the website helped me to pick the right choice for me at first go. I tried the DV NY *7 for my Baritone Saxophone and was overwhelmed! It feels as if this mouthpiece perfectly suits me. And I fell in love with the tone immediately. I never thought that it might so easy to get air into the instrument and even blow the Baritone Saxophone so freely. Thank you so much for this wonderful mouthpiece and your great support!"
-Christine
★★★★★
Love my SuperJet
Brilliant service and Mouthpiece from Jody and Team. The 6 questions gave me the opportunity to have the perfect mouthpiece suggested for my needs. the SuperJet which is free blowing, cuts through but still has plenty of low tones to give a nice rich tone. After only a week this mouthpiece feels natural and is helping me unlock more potential in my playing.
-Janet Okai
★★★★★
Excellent Customer Service and Product
"My Jody Jazz Journey started with posting my answers to the six questions, which were promptly answered personally by Jody himself. He gave me 3 possible mouthpieces and configurations suiting them to my personal needs. The purchase was extremely easy to transact and my new mouthpiece came in the post from the USA to the UK extremely fast. My first impression was an extremely precise and well built mouthpiece also well packaged. The play test was astonishing, a real professional sound, easy to blow and to articulate. I am now a Jody Jazz fan and I will be looking in the future to another purchase from him and his team. Thank you so much."
-Richard George
★★★★★
This is THE mouthpiece!
I was searching for a mouthpiece for my vintage tenor and took the chance to pose some questions to Jody regarding selection. The 6 questions approach really worked for me and provided me with a specific recommendation - without which I would have likely chosen the wrong product. The HR* Custom Dark already plays really well with my Sax, and I’m looking forward to further enhancing my tone with such a flexible mouthpiece. Great customer experience end-to-end. Keep up the good work and innovation Jody!
-Rob Fowles
★★★★★
"Made a huge difference"
"Changed to the #7 HR* this from a Yamaha 4C as a standard student progression, had a few issues at first with tuning the sax but Jody himself (great guy) replied to an email and suggested moving to a softer reed (from a #3 on the Yamaha to a #2 on the HR*) to start with. That was all it took, this is an amazing upgrade to the sax, a much fuller sound and one that I am very very happy I made. I also have a Jet #6 for alto and had similar trouble at the start, again a move from the #3 to a #2 reed was all it needed to get a start and to gain confidence in the mouthpiece, unbelievable the difference the mouthpiece has made to the sound of the sax. Thanks to Jody!"
-Jon
★★★★★
Effortless in sound and tone!
"I just love this mouthpiece. It’s perfect! Effortless in sound and tone!"
-John B.
★★★★★
The Holy Grail.
"I have just bought the HR Custom Dark together with power rings for that and my DV, which I bought a couple of weeks ago. I can't believe how good these mouthpieces are and the power rings are not only convenient, but really add to the sound. That's it now. no more buying and selling mouthpieces. I have found the Holy Grail."
-Patrrick O'Hare
★★★★★
I can play all day
"Great sound professionally made I can play all day with it."
-Fernando
★★★★★
The sound of love
"I bought this mouthpiece after researching extensively. I have a decent collection going but was still looking for something that wasn't there yet. The local shop I got it from gave me a 30 day period to try it out and return it if I didn't like it so I took it home and set it up to play. Right off the bat I fell in love. It is super easy to play in all registers including the altissimo range. There is no need to push to get those really high notes, I find they come quite naturally now. The sound across the entire range though is what really hit me. It is a super warm tone that really brings out the natural fuzziness that distinguishes a woodwind from a brass instrument. I find it naturally gives what many might describe as a classic New York sound. When I push the mouthpiece I find it cuts easily and I can get really aggressive with my sound. It also responds nicely to growling for that really dirty sax sound that so many people love in rock. The mouthpiece didn't come with a ligature so I threw my Rovner Dark on and it worked out well. That first night I played for a solid three hours pretty much continuously and only stopped because I'd reached a point where I couldn't feel most of my mouth. This mouthpiece makes me want to pick up my sax pretty much constantly. I am looking forward to spending a lot of time getting to know it and exploring every little sound I can get out of it. Thank you for producing such a beautiful mouthpiece."
-Peter Hawrylyshen
★★★★★
Simply The Best
"My JodyJazz DV tenor mouthpiece has just arrived, and it is really amazing. It is incredibly free blowing. I am using Vandoren 21/2 ZZ tenor reeds. It has exactly the right balance for me between bright and dark. Thank you Jody Espina. Your advice was spot on. I am glad I followed it and ordered an 8* instead of my normal 7*. It is unquestionably the best mouthpiece I have ever played."
-Patrick O'Hare
★★★★★
The HR* Tenor 5* gets 5 stars from me.
"I have been a pro piano man and guitarist for over 40 years, and 4 months ago I started playing tenor sax. I believe in using quality equipment, and my research led me to Jody Jazz. I emailed them for advice, and was delighted when it was Jody himself who answered. Now that's customer service! He recommended the HR* in a 5* size. Right from the day it arrived, it accelerated my progress, and I found it so easy to play. It boosted my confidence and the enjoyment of playing was always high. This mouthpiece will launch novices on their way to serious musicianship, and would also suit other players who have trouble playing the wider openings. Thank you Jody, your advice is always spot on."
-Paul Sellick
★★★★
Everyone's reed setup experience is different
"At first I thought I absolutely hated this mouthpiece, but the main reason was due to having to thick of reeds. Vandoren 3.5 reeds aren't the best choice for a tip opening of 6 after playing on a 4. Just remembered to try out different sizes of reeds no matter how many. Just try the pack of 3 Juno reeds size 2.5 to whatever size you need. Everyone's setup experience is different, just take some time mess around with different setups."
-Tycho Stephenson
★★★★★
It's not a mouthpiece it's masterpiece
"Dear Jody, it's not a mouthpiece it's masterpiece and should find it's place in the history of music. Thank you very much for your efforts in creating such marvelous piece of art."
-Sebastian
★★★★★
Danielle Walker... Outstanding customer service!
"Mr. Espina, Congratulations on your company’s 20th anniversary. Old-school personal customer service meets the computer age. Mouthpieces need to be compared and you make that EASY, three at a time. My repair guy recommended you, so I went online and heard Jay Metcalf compare five of your pieces from the dark HR*, the free-blowing DV, to the bright Super Jet. Dude can play. I also see that Tom Scott is now playing DVs on his alto and soprano, and Super Jet on tenor. Freakin’ Tom Scott! I have played your HR*, DV, and Super Jet. It is amazing how different they all are. The HR* is perfect for a student upgrade or pros specializing in longhair. It has a dark controlled classical sound. I could have used this back in college. The DV is a hardbop Big Dog. It sounds like Cannonball with enough power to blow with the big band trumpet guys. The Super Jet is a heavy metal bebop cannon. When the guitar player turns it up to 11, the Super Jet will still cut like a laser. I prefer the DV 8 on alto. The real reason for my letter is to give props to your Accounts Manager, Danielle Walker. After I submitted your “6 questions” online, Danielle promptly responded with a recommendation for my needs. When I called her, she continued to offer her valued opinions about your lineup. She made the whole process easy, and very personable. I wanted to try a few different lays of DV and Super Jet. Your 3-week return policy allows for the process. Easy. Amazing to do business from Georgia to California. My VI tenor restoration will be done, 12 November. And my Berg 110/2 is not responsive and cannot compete with your lineup. So, I will again call Danielle to upgrade my tenor sound. Continued success." Paul R Pettit Fair Oaks, CA
-Paul R Pettit
★★★★★
"Best mouthpiece yet"
"I love, love, love my HR* Custom Dark alto sax mouthpiece. It is so smooth and easy to play. I can get nuances from my horn that I wasn't able to get before. The shape of the beak is very comfortable for my jaw position. So much so that I decided to try the HR Custom Dark for tenor. I had previously only been able to play my tenor for very short time periods before my TMJ issue became too painful. I was hoping that the beak shape for the tenor was similar to the alto. It was and now I can play my tenor sax for a much, much longer time. And it too is very smooth sounding. For me, I like the darker tone. Thank you Jody Jazz. You have made me very happy! Barbara D."
-Barbara D. Monroeville
★★★★★
"Really fat sound"
"I play Jody Jazz DV CHI 8* on my tenor and it is really fat sound you can play any style on this piece. Fantastic mouthpiece !Very free blowing but you can feel much better with stronger reeds if you need Also great working Power Ring Ligature with it. Good job Mr Jody Espina!"
-Tomasz Mieczykowski
★★★★★
Game Changer
"Coming from vintage Links, this mouthpiece feels like a game changer. It truly is free blowing with a nice warm sound. Works best with the Power Ring Ligature"
-Desidério Lázaro
★★★★★
Just what I wanted. Flawless piece.
Just what I wanted. Flawless piece.
-Stephen
★★★★★
Another AMAZING mouthpiece from JodyJazz!!
I’m playing on a 10 tip opening SUPER JET Soprano mouthpiece! I was a bit worried about getting a bright soprano piece but once I started playing it, it was what I was looking for! It can blend well into a band and stick out when you need to. My go to piece! Another AMAZING mouthpiece from JodyJazz!!!
-Gerson
★★★★★
Utterly and completely amazing mouthpiece!
"I'm used to a Lawton 8* and a Florida Otto Link 8. I bought the Jody Jazz DV NY 7* because I didn't want to wait for over a month to get the 8* from WWBW, I really really REALLY like this mouthpiece, but I know I'm going to have to eventually get the 8*, but I' won't send the 7* back - I'll use it on my other/backup tenor! I highly recommend this mouthpiece to any true Tenor Saxophonist!"
-Paul Schneidmill
★★★★★
The sound of my sax section opened up immediately with JodyJazz mouthpieces.
"The sound of my sax section opened up immediately with JodyJazz mouthpieces. I also find that the HR* is a great transition from the concert band setting. This is the best mouthpiece that I have come across for my needs."
-Dr. Roosevelt Griffin III, Band Director
★★★★★
Bright powerful tone but still sounds like a jazz mouthpiece.
"Was struggling with my Tenor Saxophone sound then I got the JodyJazz JET but was still missing something so I switched from my synthetic reeds to a Vandoren green box reeds. This mouthpiece and reed combo makes my saxophone sound so good from top to bottom. It's a bright powerful tone but still sounds like a jazz mouthpiece. I highly recommend this mouthpiece and if you still feel like something is missing due what I did and change your reed! I now have one on the way for my alto as well!"
-Nicholas Hudson
★★★★★
"It's Awsome!"
"Hi, I recently purchased the HR* CUSTOM DARK Tenor mouthpiece. I’m sure you hear this from everyone but just to add my 2 cents, it’s awesome - I’m finally hearing the sound I want to hear and practicing is something I now really look forward to. For me it’s a bit more special since due to day job requirements I had to put the horn down for 7 years. I had previously played professionally for decades. But, I retired this year and have been able to get back to playing."
-Joe Gaudette
★★★★★
"High Quality"
"Have been playing this mouthpiece in Big Band for 2 years now. I love the dark free blowing sound! This mouthpiece allows me to always produce the sound I am looking for. Thanks Jody!"
-Ian
★★★★★
"Overall: Perfect for me."
"I am so thankful I found Jody’s mouthpieces. I just purchased the HR* 6M. It is by far the most perfect mouthpiece I have ever played. Coupled with the D’Addario Select Jazz 2M Shaved, the piece sings. Jody’s demo video is no joke. The mouthpiece Is capable of producing many different tones; all sustainable and consistent. The power ring is a great add on, and allows the reed to vibrate beautifully. It loosens a little when I adjust the mouthpiece on the neck. Easy to reposition, though. Overall: Perfect for me."
-Keith W.
★★★★★
Such a wonderful mouthpiece with beautiful sound
"Dear Jody, Thank you again. I ordered the DV NY Alto 6 for a trial period from Michal's store and it just arrived today. It's such a wonderful mouthpiece with beautiful sound. Surprisingly, the intonation on my old alto conn is even a bit better than vintage otto link florida -- and I thought nothing would be better than that. I'm certainly not going to send it back. 🙂 Now I'm curious about the new HR* Custom Dark but I will hopefully try it on another occasion."
-Patrycja Tempska
★★★★★
A perfect balance of responsiveness and even resistance through the entire range of the horn.
"The JodyJazz HR* CUSTOM DARK mouthpieces for tenor and alto have the sound I’ve been wanting for years. In the past I have played the JodyJazz DV Tenor 7* and DV Alto 7 metal mouthpieces. They are great pieces, but I have been wanting the ability to go even darker, richer and warmer with my tone particularly in the studio and on straight ahead jazz gigs. The HR* CUSTOM DARK mouthpieces have a perfect balance of responsiveness and even resistance through the entire range of the horn through the altissimo. Most importantly they produce a warm yet detailed sound that is very inviting. Simply put, I love playing them!"
-Jeff Kashiwa
★★★★★
The perfect amount of resistance to focus my sound and it takes care of those unwanted high frequencies.
“I’ve been searching for an Alto mouthpiece to roll off some of the high end on my sound. The HR* Custom Dark is that mouthpiece. It gives me the perfect amount of resistance to focus my sound and it takes care of those unwanted high frequencies.”
-Mike Burton
★★★★★
If sound were chocolate then this mouthpiece is 100% cocoa!!!
"This is a very expressive mouthpiece. It has a lovely combination of tone colors and a dry centered feel. Played quietly it sings and is warm and fuzzy. When you put more air through it, it becomes muscular and dignified. If sound were chocolate then this mouthpiece is 100% cocoa."
-David Beecroft
★★★★★
What an amazing mouthpiece!
"What an amazing mouthpiece the DV Tenor 7 is. The ease of play is remarkable compared to the Guardala Super King. It has opened up the whole lower register to me. It is so easy to play that I am having problems adjusting to not blowing so hard…loosening up the embouchure and just letting the mouthpiece sing. Truly incredible and I am in love. Needless to say, I will be keeping this along with the POWER RING (love that whole thing…I could go on and on…). Thank you so much. I have wanted to play one of your mouthpieces for years but have yet to find a great match…until now. This is the PERFECT mouthpiece. Thank you so much."
-Terry Sanger
★★★★★
Beautiful sound with plenty of rich overtones. Very responsive mouthpiece.
"I purchased a Levantine bass (made by Jin Bao- a copy of Selmers super action 80 series II bass) from Amazon for a song. It was their last bass sax in stock and I think they wanted rid of it. It came via UPS undamaged and with the keys corked. I play tested it with the Selmer s90 210 mouthpiece I use on my Selmer super action 80 series I baritone. Bass sax pads popped and it was a actually set up nice. While the bass sang in upper register the low notes were hard to voice. I’m friends with JodyJazz Artist Tim Price. He encouraged me to try JodyJazz. I’m glad I tried the JodyJazz DV Bass 6 mouthpiece . Low notes were easier to voice. Intimation was great. The sax had played slightly flat on the selmer S90 mouthpiece. Beautiful sound with plenty of rich overtones. Very responsive mouthpiece. I have another baritone a low Bb Rampone and Cazzani R1 jazz. Big bore and long neck. The Rampone plays best on large chamber mouthpieces . I tried the JodyJazz DV Bass 6 on it. It’s the best the baritone has ever sounded. Playing Gerry mulligan music with the Rampone baritone and the DV Bass 6 was incredible . Very full beautiful sound. So I got my money’s worth and then some. I can use the mouthpiece on 2 instruments, 3 if I use it on the Selmer baritone. And yes, I agree with Jody harder reeds can be used. I used a Rico royal 3 1/2 and the mouthpiece responded effortlessly. Thanks for a great product Jody!"
-David Krall
★★★★★
The best playing mouthpiece I own. Nothing I have ever played blows as easy with as gorgeous a tone.
"All I can say is the HR* 7M I recently purchased is the best playing mouthpiece I own. I have several very good mouthpieces and they all play reasonably well, but nothing I have ever played blows as easy with as gorgeous a tone as my new HR*. I also bought the POWER RING ligature. It is a fantastic combination. Frankly, I would love to have a DV, but I am retired and I watch my budget. I also have every intention of buying an HR* Tenor 5* for my tenor along with the POWER RING ligature. I had written that I have a lung condition (COPD) and the way this mouthpiece blows I don't feel any restriction in my lungs. I had been playing on an Otto Link super Tone Master 5, a Vandoren AL4 Optimum, and a Meyer medium chamber with a Rovner ligature. After about 30 minutes I had to stop playing as I would run out of air and become dizzy. I have yet to have to stop with my HR*. I just keep playing and playing. All I have to say is a big thank you for coming up with such a fantastic mouthpiece." Stuart Carlin - Douglasville, Ga.
-Stuart Carlin
★★★★★
Really big on the bottom but also crystal clear and warm on top and altissimo is fantastic!
"I’ve been playing my new DV Bass 7 on bari sax for about 2 weeks now and just wanted you to know that I love it!! I have been very fond of the DV NY Baritone 7, but you are absolutely right! The bass mpc is really big on the bottom (my favorite range on bari), but it’s also crystal clear and warm on top and altissimo is fantastic! Thank you for steering me in the right direction on this DV Bass mouthpiece!!"
-Harlan Ives
★★★★★
What a pity that I didn't get it 25 years earlier.
"After playing the custom dark for I while I have to say that it's the best mouthpiece I've ever played. What a pity that I didn't get it 25 years earlier. 😉 You have done a great job!"
-Stephan Lange
★★★★★
It has completely transformed my sound and playing.
The DVCHI 7* is without doubt the best Tenor Mouthpiece I have ever played or owned. It has completely transformed my sound and playing so I am recommending it to everyone I know. It is so responsive and effortless from the bottom of my sax right up to altissimo. It is in fact my second one as I lost the first two years ago and so I struggled on with my other old Links and Dukoffs etc but nothing ever ever compared to it so I replaced it yesterday buying it online and unplayed which is something I would never ordinarily do but because of your superb quality control I convinced myself it would be. It is absolutely identical.
-Duncan Grant
★★★★★
Smokin’!
"I got a chance to play the new Dark piece… smokin’! I loved the focus, warmth and evenness throughout the range of the horn."
-Dino Govoni
★★★★★
I love the dark sound and how free blowing it is.
“I tried the Jody Jazz HR Custom Dark 8* tenor piece that Arnie Krakowsky got from you and I thought it was great! I loved the dark sound and how free blowing it was, I also dug the POWER RING ligature that was with it! It reminded me of an old Link that I bought 60 years ago. I was a teenager, and an older cat that I respected, said to me, “we don’t play a mouthpiece that is so open in the sax section”. (I don’t remember the facing but it was a very free- blowing piece!) I was young, so I returned the piece and have regretted it ever since! When I played your piece that memory came back to me.”
-Lew Del Gatto
★★★★★
The best mouthpiece you have come out with to date!
“I got my Custom Dark HR* in an 8 just yesterday and can't put my tenor sax down. This is, without doubt, the best mouthpiece you have come out with to date - certainly as far as my preferred tone is concerned.”
-Paul Thackeray
★★★★★
This model will be a huge success for you.
"This HR* CUSTOM DARK is knocking me out....!!!!! Love it. Lew Del Gatto fell in love with it also. This model will be a huge success for you.
-Arnie Krakowsy
★★★★★
Blew the competition out of the water.
Greetings Jody. I just wanted you to know that recently I had the opportunity to demo the JodyJazz HR* Alto 5M mpc against a Theo Wanne NY Bros 2 Alto mpc # 5. I can relate to you and your team now my personal evaluation is that the JodyJazz HR* Alto 5M blew the Theo NY Bros out of the water. I find that the JodyJazz HR* Alto piece was powerful, had great projection, bright, warm, free blowing, modern sound, and beautiful rails! I am very happy with it ( it's a keeper ). I also have a JodyJazz HR* on my Soprano and a JodyJazz SUPER JET Tenor 7, all play very well! I recently sent out my SUPER JET Tenor 7 to be checked and the mouthpiece technician who plotted the curve commented to me that each side of the rail curve was perfect and that it played very well. Keep up the great work!
-Angelo Yodice, NY, USA
★★★★★
As soon as I blew the first note through the Super JET, I was instantly in love.
"Just got my new 8* Super JET for tenor. I had high expectations and they were completely blown out of the water. This is hands down the best mouthpiece I have ever played on. I had been playing on an Otto Link 7* for years. As soon as I blew the first note through the Super JET, I was instantly in love. The clarity in my tone has reignited a passion I hadn't realized I lost. I literally jumped up and down I was so happy 😂 Great work Jody Jazz!!! Also, do yourself a favor and go buy this mouthpiece. Like now. Why are you still reading?"
-Andrew Clark
★★★★★
WOW!!! The Super Jet is incredible!!!
WOW!!! The Super Jet is incredible!!! I wanted to make sure It was great right of the bat but when I to the softer reeds …Holy *%$#$@!! Was exactly what flew out of my mouth. I used it on three gigs, one loud fast and high funky blues gig and then two quiet type of gigs. I was worried about being able to play quiet not having played on it for very long but it was fine. I felt like I was driving a Ferrari and if you just barley step on the accelerator, it takes off!
-Rachelle Romeo
★★★★★
Have tried others recently but nothing beats the Super Jet.
I have been playing my Super Jet for almost a year and I can't tell you how happy I am with it. It is a surprising good match with my Conn 6M. Big and bright when I want it and soft and sweet too with a beautiful low register. Easy to articulate and a joy to play. Have tried others recently but nothing beats the Super Jet. Thanks Jody!
-Joe Hrbek
★★★★★
Having a blast playing your Super Jet Tenor Mouthpiece.
Jody, Having a blast playing your Super Jet Tenor Mouthpiece. I can now hit those double high A's (G concert) playing along with Junior Walker. And I can gliss off into the stratosphere into Lenny Pickett territory. Great mouthpiece! Thanks for the great work, Mike Peele Pittsboro NC
-Mike Peele
★★★★★
Jody, the work you guys are doing with saxophone mouthpieces is fantastic.
Jody, the work you guys are doing with saxophone mouthpieces is fantastic. I recently purchased the Jody Jazz Jet Alto & Jody Jazz Jet 6 Tenor saxophone mouthpieces which are very easy to blow and has excellent projection, and I am totally in love with both! I live in an apartment complex and I don't have to blow hard to produce a sound, amazing! I've played Dukoff, Otto Link, Brilhart, Vandoren V16 for Tenor and more and none of them tops your mouthpieces! Someday I will puchase the DV New York model for my darker sounds. Thanks Jody, Darrell E. Myles * and by the way, I was convinced through your YouTube videos
-Darrell E. Myles
★★★★★
Just received the mouthpiece today and instantly started playing it. This is by far the best mouthpiece I have every played. I didn't think it was possible to improve on the JodyJazz Jet... But this... The JodyJazz Super Jet Tenor has far exceeded my expectations. Just like the the JodyJazz Jet it has the nice bottom end, but the precision and design up into altissimo truly make this JodyJazz Super Jet Tenor. Thank you!
-Daniel Jones
★★★★★
Thank you for helping me to begin my journey toward fulfilling a dream.
"Good day. I hope this email finds its way to Jody. He will with all likelihood have zero remembrance of me; zero. At the age of 53, I began taking music lesson here in CT and learning to read music. At approx. 22 months, I purchased my Yamaha, Custom EX and began researching mouthpieces. At some point I emailed Jodyjazz with questions and to my surprise, I received a phone call from Jody. In part, because of that call, I became a customer and purchased the DV for tenor. Rather recently, I purchased the DV Chi. You should know, that the customer service when I purchased my DV Chi was also outstanding. Other than the mouthpiece that came with the horn, Jodyjazz is the only mouthpiece I have ever owned. I thought you'd like to know, that this summer, with 4 years of training I entered a new jazz competition and subsequently became the first winner, of the Hartford Jazz Society's Emerging Jazz Artist competition (2017). I will begin my 5th year of training in February 2018 and as you know, I have a lot to learn, but I will be doing it with my JodyJazz mouthpiece.; Thank you for helping me to begin my journey toward fulfilling a dream. A loyal customer, Gregory B. Sneed (GB)"
-Gregory B. Sneed (GB)
★★★★★
“What a Masterpiece”,
"Hi from the UK, I have just purchased your HR* 7 Bari mouthpiece and had to contact you to say “What a Masterpiece”, a pure joy to play on. I have played Baritone Sax since around 1963, mainly using hard rubber Berg Larsens on 1930’s Conn X-Bar horns. Ten years back I sold my instruments but recently purchased a 1933 Conn Bari. Saw your clip on YouTube and bought one via Gear4music, UK. Many thanks for this inspired easy blowing Baritone Mouthpiece, and your highly skilled dedicated craftspeople. I intend to let my Sax playing friends know about this. Very best wishes for future success and prosperity, Alan Sandilands."
-Alan Sandilands
★★★★★
.... everything plays more in tune and more stably from top to bottom.
This mouthpiece has completely revolutionized what I'm able to achieve with my bass saxophone. I was using a metal bari link #9 before and I had to use really soft synthetic reeds to get the sound I wanted. Now I can use proper cane reeds that are a more normal strength with the DV Bass mouthpiece, and everything plays more in tune and more stably from top to bottom. I wouldn't give this mouthpiece up for anything now! https://youtu.be/zUzFS46uQa0?t=266
-Ben Plocki
★★★★★
Thank you for such an awesome Mouthpiece!!!
Hi Jody, My name is Ed Beleck and several months back I purchased a Jet mouthpiece from you. I just recently held a jam session at our house for all the neighbors in our neighborhood and this was the first gig I have played out with the mouthpiece since I purchased it and the response was unbelievable!!! I had numerous people afterward come over to me and say how much they loved the sound. I know the player makes the sound but at the same time, a mouthpiece is huge contributor to that. I just wanted to take a moment and say Thank you for such an awesome Mouthpiece!!! It plays through all the scales with ease and sounds so clear. You definitely have a fan for life. With that said could I please request an autograph Jody? it would truly mean a lot to me. Thank you in advance and look forward to hearing from you. Keep up the great work!!! Sincerely, Ed Beleck
-Ed Beleck
★★★★★
I have finally found my sound.
Just received my JodyJazz SUPER JET Alto piece today and I am in love! I was using the DV and this piece has more edge but still a sweet, complex sound that will work in a big band or concert band and that can and will scream if you want it too. What an amazing mouthpiece! Thank you Jody - I have finally found my sound.
-Chuck White
★★★★★
Plays great!
I played one at NAMM....plays great!
-Baron Raymonde
★★★★★
Best mouthpieces in the universe, and Jody can REALLY play!!
Best mouthpieces in the universe, and Jody can REALLY play!!
-Greg Yasinitsky
★★★★★
Sax players, you have got to check these out!
I told Jody at NAMM.."I'm not leaving Cali without one". THEY ARE AMAZING! Sax players, you have got to check these out!
-Caleb Chapman
★★★★★
held intonation perfectly from one end of the horn to the other.
Dear Jody Jazz Team..... a week ago I received my new Jody Jazz DV for Tenor Sax along with the Power Ring Ligature. I LOVE IT. Here's some information you may find helpful. Using a reed that is "perfect" for your old mouthpiece probably won't work. After soaking my new reeds I found it very helpful to aggressively rub the taper on the reed to "seal" the fibers. Then gently bending the reed between my thumb and fore finger loosened it up for the initial playing. Finally, firmly pressing the reed onto the mouthpiece while tightening the Power Ring also made a big difference. The bottom line here is that if you don't work to get a good reed on this setup you may be frustrated with what can be an almost too bright (brassy) sound or one that is hard to control. With the proper reed, however, you very quickly master this phenomenal mouthpiece to create what ever sound you are looking for. Finally, I've never had a setup that held intonation perfectly from one end of the horn to the other.... a feature you need to market more aggressively). I play a Big Bell, Stone Series Cannonball, use Vandoren Jazz reeds (red and green) and do both solo and band work. I can use this tool to blend within a section or stand up for solo work and cut through any background. If you ever have a potential customer who is unsure if the cost of this setup is worth it, I'd be happy to offer a testimony. Thanks again for offering such a wonderful product.
-Keith Neer
★★★★★
I can't believe the change in my sound at the first note.
My DV series arrived today -- This mouthpiece is amazing!! I can't believe the change in my sound at the first note. Thank you for fast service, great packaging, and a game-changing product!!
-Denise Dayton
★★★★★
This is what I have been missing!
Jody and Company, I am a 42 year-old-dog learning new tricks. I have played the guitar and bass for over 20 years and have always loved the saxophone. Last year, I took the plunge and adventure of being a horn player. The last year has been full of ups and downs, frustrations of a new instrument I assume. Regardless, I have kept pushing. I recently ordered an HR*, 7* and instantly fell in love. This is what I have been missing! My Otto Link and stock mouthpiece may never see the light of day again. I have had your HR* for a week and my practicing has gone from "ugh" to " bring it on!". I must also tell you why I chose to purchase a Jody Jazz mouthpiece. In my research or quest.for a new mouthpiece I watched a video of Jody describing his story and that he felt a player should 'be able to play with every breath'. And I agree because I found myself spending so much time focusing on how to make this horn sound well. Additionally, the HR* being one of the top sellers I figured it was worth the investment. Come to find out, it is well worth the investment. Thank you, thank you,thank you I look to adding the GIANT next. Thanks again Patrick Edwards
-Patrick Edwards
★★★★★
Wish this was out 20 years ago! Great mpc.
Hi Jody. I want to say I bought the Jet 7 Alto mpc a couple weeks ago (after trying that and the Jet 8) and love it. Wish this was out 20 years ago! Great mpc. I had been using a Jumbo Java A55 for the last 15 years. I still can use the same reeds on the jet - jazz selects 3M filed. And I can still sound like me. Great job.
-Dave Colonna
★★★★★
Great sound, fabulously well in tune from octave to octave. .Also Power Ring is a revelation.
About six months ago I got one of your CHI tenor mouthpieces. After a certain amount of woodshedding with it I was very please indeed. Great sound, fabulously well in tune from octave to octave. Recently a bass player pointed out that you'd started making a ring ligature specially fitted to your mouthpieces, and he suggested I give it try. The ligature arrived a few hours ago, and it's a revelation. Not only do the lowest notes speak far easier than they ever have before, but the shrillness at the top is gone as well. The tone is consistent from top to bottom and beautiful throughout. You really should just up the price of the mouthpiece a bit and sell them with these ligatures. I don't think anybody would ever tell you it wasn't worth the money. All the best, Cork, Ireland
-Kurt Tidmore
★★★★★
I am very pleased with my HR. Thank you !!
7 years ago I bought the Jody Jazz HR 7 * tenor mouthpiece. The result, I stopped looking for any mouthpieces for me. I am very pleased with my HR. Thank you !!
-Joao Tavares
★★★★★
Fantastic sound, warm tone, great projection,
From the moment I first played it on my Conn 12M, I knew this was the piece for me. Fantastic sound, warm tone, great projection, and control from the bottom to the altissimo in all dynamics. Thank you Jody for helping me get my sound back!!!
-Bill Carty
★★★★★
I love 'em
A few months ago, I acquired my alto mouthpiece for my selmer series II. A couple of days ago, I bought a HR for my soprano. The mouthpieces add a certain character to my tone that is hard to describe. I love 'em
-Joel Mallory
★★★★★
Improved intonation on palm keys and higher. Truly a great mpc.
"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"
-Frank Zona, El Paso, Texas
★★★★★
The tone is vibrant and extremely responsive
This latest release from Jody Jazz reveals a much more intelligent mouthpiece, a step-up from its previous incarnation, the Classic. Taking its design technology from the DV and made from a special polycarbonate alloy, the all-new JET sounds whizzy and exciting, and to be fair, it is! It won’t cost the progressing student a fortune to advance on to one of these pieces, but it will give the player a natural increase in volume, but without an increase in resistance. The tone is vibrant and extremely responsive – it is baffled sufficiently to give the sound a brightness and a lift at a medium airflow or beyond. If you’re looking to get into pop gigs/fusion stuff/rock n roll this piece should be considered – it won’t cost you as much as a Dukoff but it most likely is more consistently made!!
-Jim Cheek - Director www.sax.co.uk
★★★★★
It gives me exactly what I'm looking for; a big sound with minimum effort.
"Dear Jody: I just received the DV NY #6 Tenor mouthpiece I ordered and it gives me exactly what I'm looking for; a big sound with minimum effort. After all, at age 70, one doesn't have a great deal of excess wind-power and energy. The response throughout the horn is great, but I'm amazed at the response in the lower range. I've never been able to "get" below a "D" without really attacking the note; not a good thing for ballads. With your DV NY, I'm able to get 'em all and play tunes I've resisted playing in the past. Lastly, while the mouthpiece amplifies the brightness of my new Yanagisawa 992, it's absolutely wonderful on my "old friend", a 1953 "The Martin" tenor. As in life, sometimes old friends are best"
-Bob Chapell
★★★★★
Exactly the jazz sound I was looking for.
"Hi there, This truly is the best mouthpiece I have ever played, and is exactly the jazz sound I was looking for. I am amazed at how well it responds in the lower register, as I have had trouble with a good sound all through the sax. It looks brilliant, simply a great piece, and such quick delivery. I can praise you and the mouthpiece no end, so i will just say thank you so, so much for such a great sounding mouthpiece. I have a feeling I have found what I will be playing for life! Thank you again,"
-Tom Macleod
★★★★★
What a great mouthpiece. Thanks again,"
"The new DV NY really captures the sound of the early Otto Links and Dukoffs with less resistance and much more ease of blowing. What a great mouthpiece. Thanks again,"
-Jerry Vejmola, Somerville, MASS
★★★★★
I'm sure you'll love this mouthpiece just as much as I do! Smoking"
"I had the extreme honor and pleasure of being involved with the development of this incredible mouthpiece. It offers me a mouthpiece that has extreme control, volume and response with the tonal quality that I've been looking for. It has a bit of the Steve Grossman "center" in the sound with much greater playing ease and evenness than any 'Link I've ever owned or played. If you are looking for a great 'Link "like" mouthpiece without all of the headaches involved with making a 'Link play, try the JodyJazz DV NY. I'm sure you'll love this mouthpiece just as much as I do! Smoking" Dino Govoni
-Dino Govoni
★★★★★
"Jody's DV NY mouthpiece is extremely balanced, warm, and easy to play."
"Jody's DV NY mouthpiece is extremely balanced, warm, and easy to play. I can create so many colors in my sound now and it allows me speak with a warm beautiful lyrical quality that I've been searching for. I find that the Rico Jazz Select Reeds works great with my DV NY. Jody makes a killin' mouthpiece!! Check it out!" Kieth Loftis - JodyJazz Artist
-Kieth Loftis
★★★★★
I absolutely love the control and sound I have with this piece.
" Jody, I'm the band director who left his Drivers license with you guys at FMEA this year. Just wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know that I'm now playing a DV NY 5 as my main alto piece. I absolutely love the control and sound I have with this piece. I've been searching for an alto piece for several years ever since my prized Jon Van Wie recfaced Meyer met an untimely end on a stage floor. The DV NY gives me the sound and response I had with that piece with the added bonus that it is replaceable should the worst happen again. My 3 horns are now JodyJazz setups with DV NY's on alto and bari and an ESP on tenor (although I'm saving nickles and dimes to try the DV CHI and NY for tenor someday as well. My stable also includes a JJ coffee mug. Keep up the great work and I hope to see you in Tampa again in January! Regards, " Paul Bavington
-Paul Bavington
★★★★★
Increible la calidez y belleza de su sonido. (The beauty and quality of the sound is incredible.)
"La boquilla Alto DV NY que les compre recientemente vale cada dolar que paqu� por ella. Increible la calidez y belleza de su sonido. Me parece un sue�o que est� tocando mi saxof�n alto (Yamaha YAS 62-II) con una boquilla metalica de tan excelente calidad y facilidad de interpretaci�n. Felicitaciones por tan excelente producto y siempre tendr�n en mi un leal cliente a las boquillas Jody Jazz (English Translation) The DV NY Alto # 5 that I recently bought is worth every dollar I paid for it. The warmth and beauty of sound is incredible. It's a dream to play my alto sax (Yamaha YAS 62-II) with a metal mouthpiece of such excellent quality and beautiful execution. Congratulations on such an excellent product and you will always have me as a loyal customer of JodyJazz Mouthpieces."
-Jose Acevedo, Colombia
★★★★★
BEAUTIFUL!!!
"Hello Mr. Espina! I've been playing on the DV NY for a few weeks now...and I must say it is BEAUTIFUL!!! I can't thank you enough! I will definitely spread the word to my fellow sax-playing friends about this mouthpiece!"
-Adam Carrillo, San Antonio, TX
★★★★★
Warmest and most beautiful sound
"JodyJazz DV NY Alto is the warmest and most beautiful sound that I have achieved on my saxophone. It is very easy to play and produces even sound throughout the horn. DV NY is definitely the best metal mouthpiece available today."
-Naoki Iwane
★★★★★
I haven't played a more beautiful sounding mouthpiece.
"I haven't played a more beautiful sounding mouthpiece. The sound and response that I get from the JodyJazz DV NY is unlike any other. A very full, true, clear sound that can be commanded at any range or volume at will. JodyJazz has changed my opinion of finding quality craftsmanship in the modern day!!"
-Logan Richardson
★★★★★
Every person who plays this mouthpiece will want one.
"Jody, You have humanized, what it is to play saxophone. I didn't know this level of spontaneity and accuracy was possible before I played your mouthpiece. You have excited me about playing. I feel like there's nothing in my mouth. Knowledge, Heart and Creativity have gone into making this mouthpiece. Every person who plays this mouthpiece will want one"
-Ornette Coleman
★★★★★
The sound of the early Otto Links and Dukoffs with less resistance.
"The new DV NY really captures the sound of the early Otto Links and Dukoffs with less resistance and much more ease of blowing. What a great mouthpiece. Thanks again,"
-Jerry Vejmola, Somerville Massachusetts
★★★★★
Exactly the jazz sound I was looking for.
" Hi there, This truly is the best mouthpiece I have ever played, and is exactly the jazz sound I was looking for. I am amazed at how well it responds in the lower register, as I have had trouble with a good sound all through the sax. It looks brilliant, simply a great piece, and such quick delivery. I can praise you and the mouthpiece no end, so i will just say thank you so, so much for such a great sounding mouthpiece. I have a feeling I have found what I will be playing for life! Thank you again, "
-Tom Macleod
★★★★★
The most satisfying, responsive, warm and flexible mouthpiece I've ever played!
" Dear Jody, Thank you very much indeed for recommending the DV NY7* for my Selmer tenor. I thought you'd like to know that it's the most satisfying, responsive, warm and flexible mouthpiece I've ever played; I've been playing tenor for 50 years, and I've had Berg Larsen, OttoLink, Ponzol, Vandoren and Yanigasawa mouthpieces, but this beats them all hands down! I've just done a gig with it, and it gave me every note just as I asked it, with consistent tone from the top to the bottom. It really is a mouthpiece for a lifetime. (I use Marca Jazz 3 reeds). With kind regards, "
-Jeremy Heal, U.K
★★★★★
I want to thank you... and commend you, on the creation of the DVNY mouthpiece
" Jody - I want to thank you... and commend you, on the creation of the DVNY mouthpiece. I have just recently purchased my DVNY 7 and already love the tone and control it provides. I had played a Berg Larsen metal 100/2/M for over 40 years on my Mark VI, and your DVNY is the first mouthpiece that has warranted me buying it. Guess that sums it up! A H (Harry) Saunders "
-Harry Saunders, Parrish FL
★★★★★
In a class by itself
" 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 Sincerely,"
-Mike DiPasquale, Kentucky
★★★★★
I'm amazed at the response in the lower range.
" Dear Jody: I just received the DV NY #6 Tenor mouthpiece I ordered and it gives me exactly what I'm looking for; a big sound with minimum effort. After all, at age 70, one doesn't have a great deal of excess wind-power and energy. The response throughout the horn is great, but I'm amazed at the response in the lower range. I've never been able to "get" below a "D" without really attacking the note; not a good thing for ballads. With your DV NY, I'm able to get 'em all and play tunes I've resisted playing in the past. Lastly, while the mouthpiece amplifies the brightness of my new Yanagisawa 992, it's absolutely wonderful on my "old friend", a 1953 "The Martin" tenor. As in life, sometimes old friends are best. "
-Bob Chapell
★★★★★
In a session with Jerry Bergonzi, he complimented me on my tone.
" I picked up my mouthpiece at TMEA this year. In my practice, I found that I could play much better, with less effort, and a better sound immediately. I just finished a week at the VermonÜ Jazz festival where I got many compliments about my sound. Of course I had to really hold back to keep from playing louder than he section... In a session with Jerry Bergonzi, he complimented me on my tone. I'm totally satisfied with this mouthpiece. "
-Gary Mosse
★★★★★
It is really inspiring me to practice and go for the sound again.
" Hello Jody, I wanted to take a moment to say thanks for this great mouthpiece. All I feel is FINALLY. I enjoy playing all of the mouthpieces you have made for me, but this one is extra special. So many metal pieces were too bright when pushed and others lack body, harmonics or have turbulance issues. This baby plays easy and I can use harder reeds which is really a bonus for me personally. It is really inspiring me to practice and go for the sound again. Thank you and I wish you all continued success. Sincerely, "
-Frank Doblekar
★★★★★
A great compliment to the DV NY 8*!
" Hello! A great compliment to the DV NY 8*! I have played on many different mp,s during the last years, but this one is what I wanted! Bought it a month ago in London. Very easy to play, and a really large sound. Got nice comments from my collegues in Bergen - Norway. I hope you like to receive this message from me. best wishes "
-Ole Jacob Hystad
★★★★★
Thank you again for your awesome service.
" Thank you so much for allowing me to try these mouthpieces. I am going to keep the DVNY. I will send the others back this afternoon. Thank you again for your awesome service. I have told several saxophonists about the quality of your products and the level of service. Hopefully they'll try too. Have a great day, "
-Jason Quiroga
★★★★★
This DV NY is out of this world.
" Jody, you are something else! This DV NY is out of this world. The original DV was great but not enough resistance and it was too bright for me; the NY is everything I have been looking for in a mouthpiece for years. I play it on my Mark VI 98xxx, and I also play it on my Cannonball stone series and the sound is awesome,regardless what horn I play. I just want to tell you how much I appreciate the love and care you have for us musicians for always trying to make the best sound possible and help preserve this beautiful art form called JAZZ. Thanks Jody Regards"
-Roger Salles
★★★★★
BEAUTIFUL!!!
" Hello Mr. Espina! I've been playing on the DV NY for a few weeks now...and I must say it is BEAUTIFUL!!! I can't thank you enough! I will definitely spread the word to my fellow sax-playing friends about this mouthpiece! "
-Adam Carrillo - San Antonio Texas
★★★★★
Worth every dollar I paid for it.
" The DV NY Alto # 5 that I recently bought is worth every dollar I paid for it. The warmth and beauty of sound is incredible. It's a dream to play my alto sax (Yamaha YAS 62-II) with a metal mouthpiece of such excellent quality and beautiful execution. Congratulations on such an excellent product and you will always have me as a loyal customer of JodyJazz Mouthpieces. " " La boquilla Alto DV NY que les compre recientemente vale cada dolar que paqué por ella. Increible la calidez y belleza de su sonido. Me parece un sueño que esté tocando mi saxofón alto (Yamaha YAS 62-II) con una boquilla metalica de tan excelente calidad y facilidad de interpretación. Felicitaciones por tan excelente producto y siempre tendrán en mi un leal cliente a las boquillas Jody Jazz. "
-Jose Acevedo, Colombia – South America
★★★★★
I absolutely love the control and sound I have with this piece.
"Jody, I'm the band director who left his Drivers license with you guys at FMEA this year. Just wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know that I'm now playing a DV NY 5 as my main alto piece. I absolutely love the control and sound I have with this piece. I've been searching for an alto piece for several years ever since my prized Jon Van Wie recfaced Meyer met an untimely end on a stage floor. The DV NY gives me the sound and response I had with that piece with the added bonus that it is replaceable should the worst happen again. My 3 horns are now JodyJazz setups with DV NY's on alto and bari and an ESP on tenor (although I'm saving nickles and dimes to try the DV CHI and NY for tenor someday as well. My stable also includes a JJ coffee mug. Keep up the great work and I hope to see you in Tampa again in January! Regards, "
-Paul Bavington
★★★★★
I got MY sound that I heard in my head
" Hi Jody, Thanks for the masterclass in Cologne! You joked about having a midlife crisis and the wish to drive a Ferrari. I still don`t know the feeling of driving a Ferrari, but now - after playing the JodyJazz DV NY Alto 5- I can imagine... The Mouthpiece plays perfectly, it allows me to play faster and with more precision. But the most important thing of all: I got MY sound that I heard in my head, that I have looked for so long! I can play smoothy, jazzy and funky in the way I love it. Thanks for this!!! Your work is perfect! At the first seesion with my band I played a solo over Take 5 and the guitarman told me: "Wow, your sound gives me goose bumps :-))) Thanks and best regards from Germany, "
-Michael Jablonski, Germany
★★★★★
It sounds beautiful, dark, traditional but with some edge when you push it
Hi Jody, I work part time in a saxophone store, so get to play A LOT of different brands of mouthpieces. I've tried everything out there and they've all been a disappointment. Your pieces were recommended to me by a friend and I've been wanting to try one ever since. In all honesty, I was expecting to play this Jody Jazz for a few minutes and end up having to 'put it in the drawer'. How wrong could I have been!! Wow... this is the best playing mouthpiece I have ever tried. It sounds beautiful, dark, traditional but with some edge when you push it. It's exactly what I was looking for in a mouthpiece and more! Sincere thanks for your advice and time spent dealing with my order. I will be telling all my friends and colleagues about your work, as well as all of the customers at the saxophone store. I am truly stunned by this great mouthpiece and am very grateful to you. I will take it on the gig tonight... and many more to come, I'm sure. Thanks you!
-Simon Kaylor, England
★★★★★
It's fantastic!
Hi Jody, This is Matt Renzi. Just wanted to drop you a line about the Hard Rubber '8' piece you laid on me last May when I came down to the factory with George Garzone. It's fantastic and I've been using it the whole time since then (recorded 6 CDs with it so far!) The latest one that's gonna come out is my CD "Lunch Special" I put a track up off that CD for you to check out on my site ... It's called 'Circolazione.' Thanks, and I'll talk to you soon.
-Matt Renzi
★★★★★
It's got guts, it's got growl, it's got altissimo...and it's got perfect intonation.
Jody: What can I say? I LOVE this mouthpiece. It's got guts, it's got growl, it's got altissimo...and it's got perfect intonation. I have never been happy with my Mk VI tenor because of intonation problems, but, baby, they're gone. I love this piece!
-Steve, Missouri
★★★★★
The 7* played so good I had to keep it, nice job man!
Hey Jody! Just a quick note, apparently Ritchie Perez contacted you and you sent two pieces to him an 8* and a 7*. Well, got the chance to play 'em, the 7* played so good I had to keep it, nice job man! I've got a couple of killer hand faced hr pieces(Link, Brihart Ebolin from the 50s) and I gotta say your piece plays as good as those. Can you tell me if these are stock pieces or did ya hand pick these?They play great, would highly recommend to students and anyone looking for a good hr piece. Anyway, I'm definitely set for a hr piece, thanks man, be cool! By the way, the 8* was a touch big and lost the sizzle of the 7* but a nice piece as well.
-Paul Perez, Tower of Power, Smokey Robinson
★★★★★
After trying out all kinds of mouthpieces I finally found the one.
When I first tried out the new Jody Jazz HR 7*, I noticed an immediate change in my sound. Bigger, and with a little more edge especially in the high register. Wow! That's exactly what I’ve been looking for. After trying out all kinds of mouthpieces I finally found the one. Thanks Jody!
-Ivan Renta, New York, NY
★★★★★
It is a masterpiece!
"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!"
-Brian Rutscher, Stillwater, MN
★★★★★
You are under charging for sure. You came highly recommended by Jerry Bergonzi.
Hi Jody, I received the mouthpiece today; it's excellent, very dark, lots of sound, great articulation. I'm keeping it. You are under charging for sure. You came highly recommended by Jerry Bergonzi. I see why. Next time I'm in New York, I'd like to make an appointment with you, if possible, to play some more. Thank you for an excellent product and service. Take Care,
-Frank
★★★★★
I want you to know how this mouthpiece fits me.
Hi Jody, I want you to know how this mouthpiece fits me. I didn't know it before, you know I believe that you search for one sound but suddenly you try a setup and understand that it is YOUR sound and that's what happened with this terrific mouthpiece. Thanks to do such a good job!
-Alain Goldfarb
★★★★★
Jody Jazz HR* is probably the best mouthpiece ever.
There's not much to say. Jody Jazz HR* is probably the best mouthpiece ever.
-Duan Vukmirovia, Boston MA
★★★★★
The HR* piece, the sound is much louder, more focused, and brighter (in a good way).
Dear Jody, On your recommendation I tried the HR* 6*, 7, and 7*. I kept the 7, and I love it! My sound on my Otto Link 6* hard rubber is somewhat stuffy and very dark, to the point where my sound was jokingly described by my teacher as a "warm blanket." Comforting, but not attention-grabbing. With the HR* piece, the sound is much louder, more focused, and brighter (in a good way). The tonal center of each note is more "solid", while the overall timbre is delightful and complex. I really love it! Thanks for making a great mouthpiece. I will definitely recommend your products to others. Sincerely, Michael
-Michael Chimenti, Greenbrae CA
★★★★
I never had such a balanced mouthpiece with a really beautiful sound.
After years looking for the right Tenor-Mouthpiece it seems that the search gets to an end: Even if I'm not a Hardrubber player, I tried the 7* HR JodyJazz and was convinced from the very beginning: I never had such a balanced mouthpiece with a really beautiful sound and this projection! Congratulations!!
-Thomas Hammer, Northrhein-Westfalia Germany
★★★★★
I know that I'll be playing this piece for the rest of my career.
Hey Jody, 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.
-David Milazzo - New Hampshire
★★★★
it is stunning. It is the exact sound I am looking for, for straight-ahead jazz.
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
★★★★★
Like a Meyer, but with a little more projection.
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
★★★★★
My wife has also noticed a difference in my sound!
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 again
-Zack Jakub
★★★★★
An Exquisite Product.
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
★★★★★
My saxophone has become my best friend within the past several months, and I want to thank you for this piece of work.
Hi Jody, 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.
-Chris Oyler
★★★★★
COMPLETELY WORTH EVERY PENNY!!!!!!!
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
★★★★★
great flexibility in sound-expression.
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 think that your HR* mouthpiece is one of the best values available on the market right now:
" 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
★★★★★
I couldn't be more satisfied with my purchase...worth every penny and more.
"Dear Jody, I wanted to compliment you an express my utmost appreciation for the fine craftmanship of your new DV bass sax mouthpiece that I received on new year's eve. I've been playing on a Mason silver metal mouthpiece with my almost new selmer bass sax, which was a step up from the Selmer and Runyon modified mouthpieces. Kudos to you. I didn't know what to expect since a bass sax metal mouthpiece is a rarity for this esoteric instrument. With your JodyJazz bass sax metal mouthpiece, I played every note in each octave quite smoothly and accurately without any resistance or unwanted effects. Your wonderful mouthpiece will really make the playing of this cumbersome instrument a dream come true. I couldn't be more satisfied with my purchase...worth every penny and more. All the best"
-John A Markham - Oshkosh, Wisconson
★★★★★
the nicest balance of warmth, power, and richness
"I met Jody Espina At the Saxophone Summit and played two of his brand new Jody Jazz DV bass sax mouthpieces. They were superb pieces - the nicest balance of warmth, power, and richness I have yet come across in a modern mainstream-type jazz mouthpiece for bass. Very playable and responsive from bottom to top of the instrument. Even though I don't usually like metal mouthpieces, I am seriously considering purchasing one myself as soon as I can afford it. All the best"
-Jay Easton
★★★★★
Projection is optimum while quiet tones and soft or fast tonguing are also available
"Jody Thanx so much! The mouthpiece is incredible. The JodyJazz bass saxophone mouthpiece focuses pitch information and tone quality throughout the entire range of play. Projection is optimum while quiet tones and soft or fast tonguing are also available. I will use it on my solo concert Friday cause it sounds so good I have to play it."
-J D Parran- New York
★★★★★
The Giant is some of your best work yet for me
"Dear Jody, I just wanna say how much I love your mouthpieces. I've been playing your mouthpieces for the last 5 years and you guys down do great work. I have both you Tenor classic, HR, and just recently the Giant. The Giant is some of your best work yet for me, its the mouthpiece I've been looking for. Thank you - William Hopkins"
-William Hopkins - Atlanta, GA
★★★★★
The mp is everything that is described on your website
"Jody, John and Danielle, Just one more email response and I will leave you guys alone. I played the GIANT 7* in rehearsal this evening. The blend was noticeably better in the ensemble, the intonation was exemplary at all volume levels and ranges, the response was immediate, and the dynamic range and tonal consistency were just plain fabulous. The piece is so much easier to control, and I am gonna love soloing with it as well. Most of all, quite simply, I absolutely love the sound of it with my Yanni 991. I am using VanDoren JaZZ 2.5 reeds. I could not be more pleased. The mp is everything that is described on your website, and now I sound like the demo by Arno Haas! Well, except that I cannot play as well. Best regards, Bruce "
-Bruce Henderson, Canton, NC
★★★★★
The Giant does it all. Fat, rich sound for acoustic jazz, enough edge to cut through in an electric gig, and all with power to boot.
"Greetings from Australia A thousand thank you's for your Giant tenor mouthpiece. It is quite simply awesome. After playing professionally for 35 years, i've pretty much played them all, and the Giant just blows my other pieces away. Don't get me wrong, my other pieces are great playing mouthpieces, but most of them really only do one thing. For me, the Giant does it all. Fat, rich sound for acoustic jazz, enough edge to cut through in an electric gig, and all with power to boot. Congratualtions on producing such a wonderful mouthpiece. Thanks again for the great mouthpiece. Best regards. Ralph Franke"
-Ralph Franke - West Beach, Adelaide, Australia
★★★★★
The range of sounds the Giant can produce is remarkable.
"The tone was very focused and with a little push sounded like an incredibly good metal Otto Link. The range of sounds the Giant can produce is remarkable. The Giant was absolutely stellar on the jazz gigs and held up quite well on the loud stuff considering it is not a "paint peeler" The response and tone were even in all registers, and articulation was nice and clean. And thats not all: The altissimo range absolutely killed. It's a truly unique product, combining elements of both hard-rubber and metal pieces in a way that could appeal to players of either camp. It plays like crazy. Whether you prefer hard-rubber or metal, check out the GIANT - there really is nothing else quite like it out there." Steve Eisen - Downbeat Magazine
-Steve Eisen
★★★★★
It does everything! Soft, Smooth, groovy, rock'n'roll, edgy, quiet, loud
"I received the JET Tenor last Friday and threw myself over the package as it arrived. This was followed by two days of agony until I found a good reed in the reed box. Then - WOW! What a blast! It does everything! Soft, Smooth, groovy, rock'n'roll, edgy, quiet, loud.... You name it. Ridiculously responsive, yet it plays effortlessly! I played for 2 hours straight without getting tired at all! Can't wait for the work day to end so I can get back on it. It's a keeper! Best regards,"
-Fredrik Erling, Hestra, Sweden
★★★★★
Still can't believe I am playing a metal MPC on an alto!
"Jody, Just wanted to shoot you an email to let you know how thrilled I am with the mouthpieces I purchased from you in Savannah at the GMEA convention. I purchased the Alto DV8 and I am still baffled at how a metal mouthpiece can be so free blowing, offer so much color, character and fatness to my tone, yet provide the projection I need. Still can't believe I am playing a metal MPC on an alto! The Tenor JET 8 has the character of tone of my old Link, yet the bite of my Ponzol. A perfect marriage of the two! Thanks again for taking time with me. I have some friends that will be at TMEA and I told them to go by your booth and check your mouthpieces out. Best Wishes! Joe "
-Joe Heiberger
★★★★★
The middle register and low notes are beautify clean and the altissimo, my God, simply incredible.
"I just wanted to tell you that I have been playing the Jet for 2 days now and I am simply floored. It is giving me the exact sound that I have been searching for for years. The middle register and low notes are beautify clean and the altissimo, my God, simply incredible. Thanks for creating this!"
-Earnest Walker Jr
★★★★★
From the first note played I knew I had a great mouthpiece.
"I recently contacted Jody Jazz with questions about the Jet mouthpiece. They sent me two to try, a Jet6 and a Jet7. From the first note played I knew I had a great mouthpiece. The sound I was looking for was there. I chose the Jet6 for my needs. The tone is outstanding. I get more volume and projection than the mouthpiece I have been using with the same amount of air through the horn. The craftsmanship is beautiful on this piece. Jody Jazz customer service leaves nothing out whether online or on the phone. I will now see which Jody Jazz mouthpiece will suit my needs for tenor. "
-William Williams, Augusta , Georgia
★★★★★
Big, fat juicy sound, in tune, perfect blend of warmth with edge.
"Hey man! Just wanted to let ya know I got those JETs, WOW! I had gigs all weekend and nuthin's better than a trial by fire right? The 6 was too small, the 7 perfect so off we went, man I gotta say this is without question THE best alto piece for what I do that I've played in prolly 40 yrs. Thing played soo incredible right off the bat, I almost had to take myself home n' have my way with me I sounded so good! On the mic, it's a big, fat juicy sound, in tune, perfect blend of warmth with edge. So far I've taken it up to altissimo E(E4) but I suspect it'll pop out F4,G4 and maybe A4. I hate playin' up that high cause none of the men can have kids after that but it'll be interesting to see just how high it goes. Anyway those are my initial impressions, needless to say the 7 ain't goin' nowhere!"
-Paul Perez
★★★★★
I can`t beileve the tone and projection of this piece
"The DV CHI is my number 3 tenor mouthpiece purchased from Jody jazz and I couldn`t be happier, have played the DV, DVNY and now the DV CHI and I can`t beileve the tone and projection of this piece, Jody you are my best friend for life Thank you so much!! "
-Roger Salles, Frisco, Texas
★★★★★
My motivation to play now is through the roof, and, I am finding that I am really not that bad of a player after all!!!
" Jody and staff, I have been playing the DV CHI 7* for about an hour now, and you can forget the two week trial period, you are never getting this piece back!!! It's like I have a new horn and a new sound, playing with ease! I play an early 60's Strasser Marigoux that I have been battling for years, with a Dukoff D7, I thought it was me, that I just did not play enough, or the horn. The guys at the repair shop swore to me it was a sweet horn, no Mark VI or Balanced Action, but a pretty sweet horn indeed. Until now I had many doubts. The sound I am getting from the DV CHI is instantly better, all of the notes come out with ease, I used to worry when playing live that certain notes would not come out, lower register and sometimes the middle D was extremely weak. When playing jazz tunes such as "Turnaround", dropping an octave from middle D to A, it was never certain how well it would come out. The DV CHI has changed that completely, it drops clear and precise every time. Just want to thank you for creating such an amazing piece, without it, I had no motivation to play, the sound was not what I thought it should be and hitting certain notes was always a struggle. This old horn sounds amazing with your DV CHI on it and the notes seem to now come out almost to easy. I have even moved from Rico 2.5, to Rico Jazz 3M that you sent with piece, instantly, my old mouthpiece pretty much refused to move up to a stronger reed. This is incredible, my motivation to play now is through the roof, and, I am finding that I am really not that bad of a player after all!!! Thank you again, Chas "
-Chas Goodrum
★★★★★
I don't think I've ever played a mouthpiece that was that wonderful-
"I got the DV CHI 7* in yesterday. I can't begin to tell you how pleased I was from the first note. I don't think I've ever played a mouthpiece that was that wonderful- you could tell that there was an incredible amount of attention to detail in the piece. There isn't a flaw in it! The first thought that came to my head was, "This is the first time I've felt so comfortable from the first note, that I could possibly take it to a gig and be totally fine, from the bottom to the top of my horn." So, I did. Took the piece out on a gig last night here in Charlotte, NC and with no issue whatsoever, I played the gig probably better than I ever have before (I've played this gig every Tuesday that I've been home since I was 14 years old). What can I say? Nothing less than incredible."
-Ryan Saranich
★★★★★
effortless response and huge rich sound
"Hello Jody, I wanted to once again express my appreciation for the new JJ DV CHI 7*. I've been playing a DV 7* Tenor and a DV 7 alto piece for years, and simply put, they are the best mouthpieces I've played in my over 30 years. I absolutely love these pieces. Seriously, I've owned them all and I've never played anything like the DV series. What I particularly appreciate is the effortless response and huge rich sound that comes out of these pieces. I'm always receiving wonderful comments about my sound. With the DV CHI, you nailed it again. The first time I tried this piece, I stood speechless. The sound of the DV CHI simply put is "amazing." Effortless and soooo comfortable as usual, with a big, rich, deep sound (not too bright; not too dark) with incredible projection and a wonderful resonance and yet a nice smoothness to the sound. No shrillness whatsoever. Seriously this piece will cover all genre's from mainstream jazz to blues to R&B, etc. The workmanship is second to none, tips and rails are absolute perfection and I'm giddy for having had the opportunity to get one so early. I've owned so many pieces over the years and this has got to be the best I've ever played. I�m not sure it can get any better. Thank you so much again for your kindness and time. I'm having a blast with the DV CHI. I truly believe you are the premier maker of exquisitely crafted saxophone mouthpieces and I'm so pleased to be turning several players on to your pieces. Very best regards,"
-Randy Montau, Los Angeles, CA
★★★★★
Fat and rich in harmonics sound from top to the bottom.
"I feel that the Jody Jazz New CHI Tenor Sax Mouthpiece is one of the best tenor sax mouthpieces now on the market ! Fat and rich in harmonics sound from top to the bottom, absolutely immediate response, friendly with new reeds, very flexible - you can play soft, reaching big fat sub tones as well pushing a lot of air - you can squeeze many colors from your instrument , also I feel that it's very wise to use silver plating because it will bring you more color and timbre, more presence and warmer sound qualities. And to all off that we can add the extraordinary absolutely "Zen" simplicity design at the same time very effective in all sense ligature called " The Ring " also silver plated , I just loved The Ring - My precious 🙂 ! , finally we have a free vibrating and breathing almost speaking reeds. Jody Jazz CHI mouthpiece is pure absolute art and intelligence wisely combined by it's creator Jody Espina with the pure heart and soul."
-Gren Nady
★★★★★
"The DV Chicago is the most all around tenor mouthpiece I have played until now.
"The DV Chicago is the most all around tenor mouthpiece I have played until now. I have played a lot of mouthpieces from different manufactures, only to find one mouthpiece to work well for one horn such as the alto and not the tenor etc... I feel that Jody is a one stop shop for reed players."
-Gil Alcantar, Murritea, CA
★★★★★
warm, but powerful and open sound
"Jody, thanks so much for sending the DV CHI 7*. It is exactly what I've been wanting! It has a warm, but powerful and open sound that I can control. The altissimo is effortless especially with the Ring Ligature. Thanks you so much!"
-Jeff Kashiwa
★★★★★
took my Alto DV to Europe for a tour with Sheila E. It worked great!!
"Hi Jody, I took my Alto DV to Europe for a tour with Sheila E. It worked great!! So glad I switched to it! I think it's time to complete my trilogy and get one for my soprano!! If I am currently using a Tenor DV 7* with Rico Royal 3, and Alto DV 7 with Rico Royal 3. What would you suggest I use for Soprano? I play a lot of subtone on Soprano, but I still want something that is fairly free blowing similar to what I am experiencing on the Tenor and Alto. Wayne Braxton"
-Wayne Braxton, Chula Vista, CA
★★★★★
best bass sax mouthpiece I have ever played!
"I have been playing on the mouthpiece for a week now but really, it took all of 10 minutes to decide that this was by far, the best bass sax mouthpiece I have ever played! Smooth and responsive. It makes the behemoth that is a bass sax play like a great tenor. Thanks and now I am wondering why I took so long to decide to try your great product!"
-Don Moran - Omaha, NE
★★★★★
This mouthpiece is magical!
"Hi, i am a french alto saxophonist since 30 years. I just got my Jody jazz DV #8 Alto a few weeks ago and i just want to bring my testimonial. Congratulation for your great work on your mouthpieces concept. I still can't believe of the quality, the versatility and the sound of this piece. Every most important points are extremly accurate. The beak profile, the table, the facing length, the facing curve, the rails, the chamber, the bore, the walls, the baffle angle, the window, the second window. I have played and tested several hard rubber and metal mouthpieces, but the Jj DV has everything of the most popular mouthpieces. This mouthpiece is magical, you can produce the sound of a hard rubber or the sound of a metal mouthpiece. Also you can have a warm, rich, edgy or buzzy sound. You can play every kind of music with this mouthpiece. By the way, it's extremly hard to find a Jody jazz mouthpiece brand in Paris quasi impossible, there is no dealers. Thanks a lot for your great great job. Best regards. Sincerely. Damien Sagbo"
-Damien Sagbo - Paris, France
★★★★★
really worth the price
"I've been invited to a school musical program as a guest sax performer. about 100 audiences. I played two music piece using my curved soprano sax and DV mpc. everybody were amazed of my sop sax not knowing that DV mpc itself made a lot of contributions despite I played off key and out of breath. DV mouthpiece (with Jody ligature ring), really is quite comfortable and solid bright sound. I'm really satisfied of the product. really worth the price the high end of the mouthpiece. I hope to practice more and perform to a lot of audiences."
-Keiner Cua, Iloilo City, Philippines
★★★★★
Reflecting back, I really don't think I would EVER, EVER have abandoned the sax if I had this mouthpiece years ago !"
" Hi Professor - I wisely purchased your amazing DV6 yesterday from Damian Cremisi, my new Italian friend at Dillon's here in central NJ. What can I say, except it was love at 1st sound ! I struggled a little w/ the #3 reed, until I popped on a Rigotti 2.5. Found the MP was very versatile & adaptable to whatever mood the tune called for and can't wait to start my scales, today, if you can believe that. After having been away 27 years, the DV6 gives all the projection, plus free-blowing I desire. And the sound will send chills throughout the entire nervous system of any normal human ... UNREAL ! It is am absolute dream to play ....especially with the Selmer #3 neck added to my SA 80 Series I .... and an elegantly aesthetic masterpiece to merely gaze upon during a break. Thanks to you & your staff for all your creative talents, energies and dedication ! Respectfully & appreciatively, Tony DiNardo, DDS P.S. Reflecting back, I really don't think I would EVER, EVER have abandoned the sax if I had this mouthpiece years ago !"
-Tony DiNardo
★★★★★
The sound is absolutely incredible. If you haven't tried one of these mouthpieces yet, you should!
"I have been struggling with the mouthpiece search now for several years. It only took a few minutes of playing on your DV alto mouthpiece to realize that the search has finally ended. The sound is absolutely incredible. If you haven't tried one of these mouthpieces yet, you should! Thank you so much for creating such an amazing product! Tom Meyer Jazz Saxophone Doctoral Student University of Illinois"
-Tom Meyer
★★★★★
impressive ease of response and control, probably second to none.
"Dear Jody, Thanks for giving me the extended test period for the mouthpiece. I used the last days for intensive testing. The first impression was a bit ambivalent or almost disappointing. On one hand there was the impressive ease of response and control, probably second to none. However, on the other hand the sound seemed to me lacking of , of edge, of "smokey air" sound that I always liked on my Dukoff M8 so far (on a Yani 9930). Fortunately I've got recording options at home and so I recorded 2 songs with your MP and the Dukoff. The result I have to admit was quite surprising for me. Where the Dukoff showed indeed some very nice colours in certain ranges the JJ was remarkably more even over the whole range, perhaps not as spectacular as the M8 but at the bottom line more mature and very pleasant in the mix. Less compression was required in the mix since the JJ didn't break out in any range. One more evidence that our instruments sound for our audience (or for the mic) slightly different to what we hear when we play it! Summarized, the ease of control together with "love on second sight" of the sound I decided to keep it and make it a new friend 🙂 However, I found out that I need most likely harder reeds for the JJ. With the Dukoff M8 I used to play Rico La Voz medium-hard or Vandoren jaZZ 3. Your MP came with a Rico Jazz select 3. Was that just coincidence? I never played this type before and I liked it but it was still a bit to soft for me. What would be your recommendation? I know it's an individual thing but since it is so difficult to get a selection of various reeds in different strength here in Bangkok I would appreciate your recommandation very much. btw. The ring is really a good invention - as simple as it is. It reminds me a bit to the old technique on German clarinet MPs of drawing a string around. Definetely better than the normal ligature. Kind regards from The Land Of Smile Martin."
-Martin Koehler, Bangkok, Thailand
★★★★★
It cuts so well and yet is warm at the same time, awesome"
" Hi Jody, I just wanted to send you an update regarding the DV8* tenor mouthpiece and ring ligature I received from you the day I visited your facility in July. I thought you'd be interested in hearing some feedback. I just finished playing in the pit for a production of Footloose here in New Jersey. Every night the sound man would compliment the sound I get on my tenor. A direct quote was "It cuts so well and yet is warm at the same time, awesome". I was pretty happy to hear that and thought you would be too. "
-Damian Cremisio, NJ
★★★★★
The sound that comes out is clear with no stuffiness!
"I have a Jody DV mouthpiece for my King tenor,Buescher 400 alto, and my King Saxello and the sound that comes out is clear with no stuffiness! Three wonderful acquisitions!"
-Doug Jackson, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
★★★★★
It's incredible!! This mouthpiece has galvanized my playing and my outlook on music!!
"Hi Jody, I purchased your dv tenor mouthpiece last week and can't express just how thrilled I am about the sound I'm getting!! It's incredible!! This mouthpiece has galvanized my playing and my outlook on music!! Thank you Soooo much for your quality product. I'm the tenor player with atlanta based musicians: Coy Bowles (of Zac brown band), I occasionally play with the Zac brown band, I freelance with my jazz quartet, also finished a recording with my band The Soundmen, and I'm a regular member of the yacht rock schooner band. Each of my groups have shown great enthusiasm pertaining to my new sound (mouthpiece). I studied with sam skeleton, kevin bales, ej hughes, mace hibbard and David Sanchez at GSU. Sam mentioned your mouthpieces several months ago and im so glad i tried them! Thanks again,. "
-Jordan Shalhoup, Decatur, GA
★★★★★
The best jazz mouthpiece I've ever played. Period.
"The JodyJazz DV Alto mouthpiece is simply the best jazz mouthpiece I've ever played. Period. I also own the HR* from Jody and it's also a fantastic piece. The DV takes the HR* and improves drastically on it. Altissimo is effortless. Intonation is impeccable throughout the range of the instrument. You have all the power in the world and it's huge and full. The thing that impresses me most about the DV, however, is the sound. To me it sounds like a jewel. Just the right amount of edge. It's absolutely the best tone I've ever produced. Thanks Jody for making such a wonderful mouthpiece and you can be assured I'll be coming to you for the next great mouthpiece. Keep up the good work!"
-Nathan Ross, Ephraim, Utah
★★★★★
"This is perhaps the best mouthpiece I have ever used!
"This is perhaps the best mouthpiece I have ever used! Right away at gigs and rehearsals people were noticing a maturity in my sound and asking me how I achieved it. Even though I wanted to take personal responsibility, I gave the credit all to this amazing mouthpiece. I will never hunt for another piece because I know I will not find a more effortless, round, and kick a** sound!"
-Ben Bransford, Carmel, CA
★★★★★
Jody discovered the secret and showed that it is possible to play with great volume, but without forcing the sound!
"This mouthpiece is amazing! Jody discovered the secret and showed that it is possible to play with great volume, but without forcing the sound! Congratulations on your art!"
-Newton Fagundes, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
★★★★★
This mouthpiece is absolutely brilliant. It exceeded my expectations.
"Dear Jody I just received the DV7 for Alto from your B STOCK. The package was well put together and the piece looked impeccable. For the last 2 months I have been playing on the JODY JAZZ CLASSIC 6 mouthpiece. Very good but I was missing the bite and the free blowing. When I put the DV7 on my horn, WOW !!!!!!! It called me out and everyone in my home. This mouthpiece is absolutely brilliant. It exceeded my expectations. I am so impressed that I think I will order another one for my Tenor. Thank you for a great product Jody!!!!"
-Enrico Galante - Ontario,Canada
★★★★★
un gran sonido
" me siento privilegiado al usar una de estas grandiosas boquillas, me proporcionan un gran sonido y estabilidad del mismo su potencia es genial puedo ir de agresivo a sutil de una nota a otra la uso en mi alto y mi tenor ! la verdad es que son una herrramienta fundamental para lograr lo que estoy logrando con mi sax mi recomendacion es total, saludos. www.myspace.com/frank_sax"
-Francisco Quintero, Maracaibo, Zulia, Venezuela
★★★★★
" Dear Jody, OMG.. I absolutely love it!!! 🙂
" Dear Jody, OMG...I received my mouthpiece last Thursday and, after taking about 10 minutes to get use to it and 5 hours of playing after that, my wife had to come down to the basement both Thursday and Friday nights to tell me to stop playing because it was after 12 midnight. I had a gig Saturday night and both the guitarist and bass player were OMG!!! I happen to have a box of Lavoz med hard reeds I bought a few years ago and, of course you were right, they work perfect with the DV 7*. I am very happy to give up the medium reeds! So thank you for making such a great mouthpiece and I look forward to many years of enjoyment blasting out an awesome sound from my horn! I absolutely love it!!! 🙂 With Kind Regards, Steve Binko "
-Steve Binko
★★★★★
A quality of sound I never thought possible!
"It was truly amazing, that from the very first note I knew that I was hearing a quality of sound I never thought possible plus ease of playing and note exsessibility.This is IT, Jody Jazz. ps I play a toneking special."
-George Keiht Lee, Bermuda
★★★★★
"Hello Jody, I just wanted thank you for your advise on the 8*Tenor sax mouthpiece. It is working great for me.
"Hello Jody, I just wanted thank you for your advise on the 8*Tenor sax mouthpiece. It is working great for me. I really appreciate you, for taking time to help me. Annette "
-Annette Thorpe, Houston, TX
★★★★★
Man you guys were not kidding! Tom Scott included. One of the best combinations ever.
"I just bought a super 400 from Steve Goodson a couple of months ago and finally got around to playing you`re DV model on it , and Man you guys were not kidding! Tom Scott included. One of the best combinations ever. Chris"
-Chris Savage
★★★★★
All the things you say about it on your website are true as far as I'm concerned.
"Dear Sir, I recently bought a JJ DV 8* tenor mouthpiece and it is by far the best mouthpiece I ever played on!(I am 56 and play for about 35 years).What a delight to play. All the things you say about it on your website are true as far as I'm concerned. It is totally free blowing and has an infinite sound and enormous power and projection. Through the whole register there is a rich mixture of fatness and brightness while every single tone keeps its own unique color en 'feel'. When I play something is happening to me, I am in a flow, even my fingers move with great ease, effortless. This sound is me! I'm not a pro and since a bought this mouthpiece I feel frustrated that I can't play all day..... I am grateful to you Mr. Espina and I want to thank you for your dedication, expertise and mastership in developing this mouthpiece (and the others I am sure). I am curious about the other tenormouthpieces, when I am in the shop again I will definitely try them. With kindest regards, Oswald knaap"
-Oswald Knaap, Leiden, ZuidHolland, Netherlands
★★★★★
Grazie mille
"Caro Jody !! Ho sentito delle buone informazioni per dv.Sonno interesato a comprare una.Atualmente sto usando oto link 7 tenore. Che bochino mi consigli nr ? 7 stela Dv va bene per me , ce molta diferenza da 7 oto link?? Saro in atesa della sua risposta .. Grazie mille.."
-Genti Salillari, Tirana, Albania
★★★★★
It's almost impossible for me to believe that a mouthpiece can make such a difference not just in sound but in ease of playing. BUT IT DOES!
"Dear Mr. Espina, Just wanted to check in so you know that I got my DV from Shawna at Pacific winds Music in Eugene Oregon. I had Hashem, a talented sax player play it using my Bronze Yanagasawi bari. WOW, now I know what the two can do. Being probably 50 older than Hashem, my effort will be considerable less, HOWEVER it is almost impossible for me to believe that a mouthpiece can make such a difference not just in sound but in ease of playing and particularly for old arthritic hands like mine. My joy isn't only in the ease of playing and the sound I now get but from seeing the approving looks on the faces of the "young and not so young bucks" in the band I play in. How sweet to see them enjoying the contribution I am now able to make with this new mouth piece. One trombone player just cannot believe that a mouthpiece can make such a difference - BUT IT DOES! Everything Jim Scimonette Sr. says in his incredible written piece on your web page is something I would have said - were I a musician and not just a player of a bari. Reading through it though I simply kept shaking my head yes, I agree with each of his points. So to move on, I am so happy I decided to give myself an incredible birthday present for my 76th birthday. Can't afford it but the joy it will bring if worth any sacrifice I may have to make. THANK YOU"
-Jean Weakland, Eugene, Oregon
★★★★★
I couldn't put my horn down! I love playing the new Jody Jazz DV even more then my Jody ESP!
"Jody, I finally got to seriously play your new Jody Jazz DV Bari Sax Mouthpiece and you are absolutely right...it actually is better than my Jody Jazz ESP Bari Mouthpiece! I couldn't put my horn down! I love playing the new Jody Jazz DV even more then my Jody ESP! This was a huge surprise to me because for the past 4 years I have been strongly convinced that I could never find a baritone sax mouthpiece for me that would ever top my Jody Jazz 120 ESP, and the thought just occurred to me, I think you have more REALLY DIFFERING mouthpiece styles and models for baritone saxophones than anyone else! When you get old like me your mind wanders off the subject...especially when you get excited, the subject being how I like the new Jody Jazz DV Bari Sax Mouthpiece and what I think of it. 1. It blows VERY free. Like none other. It is in a class on its own. No one looking for a professional class baritone saxophone mouthpiece ought to buy anything until they have at least tried one of these. 2. It has a wide accessible range of tonal colors you can change easily and comfortably, and naturally on a dime without needing to swap out mouthpieces for a brighter or darker tone. I love it! 3. It blows acoustically efficient. People who play baritone sax on a regular basis will know what I mean by this. The big baritone saxophone will naturally ?work you? because it is massive size and displacement. With the wrong mouthpiece setup, the Bari sax player can be blowing their guts out with moderately loud bands and they will still be buried. But when you have an "acoustically efficient? Bari mouthpiece your sound projects well without over blowing. Most important, it projects with a big warm sound rather than having to go real ?bright? to be heard. A Jody Jazz DV Bari Sax Mouthpiece with the correct tip opening and reed strength will not be the cause of an exhausted baritone sax player. 4. The baffle is just right. Not too bright not too dark and the baffle design did not mess with intonation. 5. The attention to detail is fantastic! One thing I love to point out to players as I allow them to try your mouthpieces is how exacting and perfect your tolerances are. This is so important because if something bad happens to a mouthpiece like it gets damaged, lost or stolen, the player is not out of the game. It can be replaced! The replacement Jody will be exactly like the former one. We both know having a great mouthpiece is more important to having a great saxophone. I would rather lose the horn than my JodyJazz mouthpieces. If I have a good mouthpiece, I can make any sax sound great. But it will never sound right if you have a bad mouthpiece on a great sax. 6. Did I tell you how cool the new Jody Jazz DV Bari Sax Mouthpiece looks on my bari? It is an Italian thing Jody...everything has to look good too with us Italians. Good work Jody...you are truly amazing."
-Jim Scimonetti - President Scimonetti Band & Orchestra Instrument Repair Inc.
★★★★★
The sound is fat and strong and what is most impressive is it's ease articulation and clarity to each note.It's the best mouthpiece I now have.
"Hi Jody, I have tested the DV mouthpiece and am very impressed with it so I have sent the ESP mouthpiece back by airmail yesterday. The mouthpiece is everything that you said and more. The sound is fat and strong and what is most impressive is it's ease articulation and clarity to each note.It the best mouthpiece I now have. When I solo it punches through the electrical instruments and kept up to the tenor sax as far as aggression goes. I enjoyed playing the Bari before as a secondary horn but now because of the DV mouthpiece Bari I find that I am getting more requests from fellow musicians to use the Bari. Thanks again I can not express how pleased I am with the mouthpiece. My favorite Tenor mouthpiece I have is the Famous Mouthpiece and Alto mouthpiece is the Famous Mouthpiece. In the new year I would like to try the DV on both of these and compare."
-Derek Routledge
★★★★★
The JodyJazz DV Baritone is another Jody masterpiece! Simply great! It'll definitely replace my ESP.
"Dear Jody and co-workers, The JodyJazz DV Baritone is another Jody masterpiece! Simply great! It'll definitely replace my ESP. Thank you once more very much for all the excellent work and passion that goes into the Jody masterpieces and - as important - into all the kind and careful services that are surrounding them. With warm regards, yours"
-Doelf Weder, Gallen, Switzerland
★★★★★
I couldn't believe what I was hearing out of my own horn. The sound was incredible!
"I`ve been playing baritone for many years and have been using a very good custom mouthpiece for some time. For the last eight years I`ve been the baritone player with the Buddy Morrow/Tommy Dorsey band . I`ve always been a section player and because of that my sound and control of the horn in all registers was of prime importance to me and my section leader. Recently I talked to some long time friends that had been using the JodyJazz mouthpiece. I heard good things about the piece from them which prompted me to try one. I couldn`t believe what I was hearing out of my own horn. The sound was incredible if I do say so myself. In all the years I`ve been playing, backing up singers such as Lynn Roberts, Ray Charles, the Temps, Platters, Stevie Wonder, Steve Lippia, Andy Williams, and the incomparable Judy Garland, eight years with the current Tommy Dorsey Orchestra conducted by Buddy Morrow and others too numerous to mention, I can tell you that this is THE mouthpiece to end all mouthpieces. I`m in no way being compensated for this endorsement. I just felt that if I have purchased something as good for my playing as this mouthpiece I should share it with others. Thanks for listening. I`m listening and loving what I hear."
-Ted Thompson
★★★★
I found my sound... Jody has made the most incredible playing mouthpiece ever... "
"Well Guys, as a working saxophonist. Ive tried them all.. literally... Bergs, Ottos, Labayles, Dukoffs, VIntage and New... They dont even come close.. JJDV7* is the piece that worked without needing refacing, more money, and more chops. It will get you back to playing again.. These mouthpieces are designed to make it happen. I can vouch for that since I lost my main mouthpiece I was never able to find another on like it. Then I came across the JJDV7*. I found my sound... Jody has made the most incredible playing mouthpiece ever... "
-Lenny Leonard Pena - LPSaxx, New Mexico
★★★★★
This is absolutely the best mouthpiece I ever played"
"Since the first time I played the DV baritone prototype, there has been no other baritone mouthpiece for me. This is absolutely the best mouthpiece I ever played"
-Jason Marshall
★★★★★
The quality just towers over all other current sax mouthpieces, and more than a few of the vintage one's I've played."
"It is easily the best sax mouthpiece I've ever played and I really enjoyed being able to take a reed right out of the box, and have the ability to play very loud or very softly without any trouble at all. From low to high, everything comes out clean and crisp. I'd like to say that after playing the DV, it is easy to see that the quality just towers over all other current sax mouthpieces, and more than a few of the vintage one's I've played."
-Neil Broughton, New York
★★★★★
Such a fat sound.
"Jody, I've been playing on my DV 8* Tenor sax mouthpiece now for a few months and I can't tell you how great it is. I've been recording and it has such a fat sound. Much, much, much better than anything I've tried before. Thanks so much for developing such a fantastic product. Be blessed. "
-Gary Honor, Australia
★★★★★
the best saxophone mouthpiece I have ever played
"I recently purchased a DV tenor and it it the best saxophone mouthpiece I have ever played. I own Barones,Bergs, Runyons, Links ,Zagars and your tenor piece is mighty. Your new fan"
-Chris Anderson
★★★★★
"I tried the DV model and as every sax players in the world i find it wonderful.
"I tried the DV model and as every sax players in the world i find it wonderful, no more words , congratulations for your work.And of course i WANT ONE!!!! "
-Dominique de Larrard, Spain
★★★★★
A highly significant innovation in the saxophone world, plus it's really fun to play."
"The Jody Jazz Alto DV is one of the most impressive saxophone mouthpieces I've ever played. The DV has amazing capabilities in terms of projection and dynamic range, yet it is highly sensitive. I find it extremely easy to articulate and express myself throughout the entire range of the horn. The DV mouthpiece is a highly significant innovation in the saxophone world, plus it's really fun to play."
-Laura Dreyer
★★★★
practice is so much more rewarding. Hats off to Jody again!"
"Give them a try: Jody does great customer service, so if it's not for you, you can return it, provided, of course, that you look after it. I now have that feeling I had with the other DVs of wanting to get back to the horn, because practice is so much more rewarding. Hats off to Jody again!"
-Prof. Andrew Bowie, UK
★★★★★
Finally I've found my answer. The JodyJazz DV
"I've been searching for 20 years for a mouthpiece that offers modern sound and power without sacrificing pitch and control. Finally, I've found my answer. The JodyJazz DV Soprano!"
-Andy Snitzer
★★★★★
A very easy blowing piece. I feel as if I am playing my alto!
"The DV soprano sax mouthpiece is a very easy blowing piece. I feel as if I am playing my alto!"
-Jeff Kashiwa
★★★★★
The mouthpiece plays incredibly warm and free.
"The DV Soprano is a magnificent soprano saxophone mouthpiece. All I can say is wow. The mouthpiece plays incredibly warm and free. After playing your soprano DV, my old soprano mouthpiece was very taxing to play."
-Ed Calle
★★★★★
un gran sonido - a great sound
"me siento privilegiado al usar una de estas grandiosas boquillas, me proporcionan un gran sonido y estabilidad del mismo su potencia es genial puedo ir de agresivo a sutil de una nota a otra la uso en mi alto y mi tenor ! la verdad es que son una herrramienta fundamental para lograr lo que estoy logrando con mi sax mi recomendacion es total, saludos."
-Francisco Quintero, Zulia Venezuela
★★★★★
I think the DV is a great mouthpiece for a absolute beginner like me.
Hi Jody, You are right: it's not at all normal for anyone to start off with a JodyJazz DV as his first mouthpiece. You did recommend the JodyJazz Classic & the HR* based on my answers to the "6 Questions" 17 months ago, but I opted for the DV because it looks like a work of art. I think the DV is a great mouthpiece for a absolute beginner like me. It is so easy to blow, and I surprised my tutor by being able to reach high octaves meant for more advanced students. The tone is so good that it inspires you to work on your technique because it rewards you with beautiful sounds (makes a beginner sound like a real pro at times) as your technique improves. One of my fellow music students remarked that my alto sax produces the best tone he has ever heard, and my saxophone tutor ascribed it to my DV mouthpiece. How has the DV mouthpiece affected my progress? Well within 17 months, starting from scratch learning to read music & blowing my first note, practicing an hour or so daily, I progressed enough to play solos in park concerts organized by my music school. Last month I presented two saxophone solos at my daughter's wedding reception in New Zealand & received a standing ovation from her! I'm been invited to play in my music school concert band side by side with the professionals in a coming gala concert, & I'm working hard on it now. I'm definitely going to order the DV NY alto to explore the different dimensions it can offer. All I can say is that my experience as a late-bloomer hobbyist saxophonist has been very fulfilling. I want to thank you for creating the mouthpieces that help make it possible. Thank you.
-Philip Mooi
★★★★★
This mouthpiece has restored the joy of playing Saxophone
Jody, It is February now, and I've been playing on my new Jody Jazz DV-8 since November. This is absolutely the best mouthpiece I have ever played on on any woodwind instrument. Your advertising says that you wanted to create the most efficient mouthpiece possible, and I believe you may have succeeded. The pitch is great. The sound is huge, but not shrill. I can play a delicate ballad, or I can play hard driving funk, jazz, blues or rock and roll tune, all with the same ease of play, and the confidence that I will not be betrayed by the mouthpiece. Articulation is very comfortable and easy to control, and most of the time I simply grab a reed out the box, slap it on, and it plays! This mouthpiece has restored the joy of playing Saxophone (and I've been teaching and playing semi-professionally since 1975). Every time I play on this mouthpiece, in any playing situation (the "pit" for a touring Broadway show, a small club jazz date, lead alto in a contemporary big band, a wedding band, the praise band at church, etc.) I find myself saying, "Man, what a great mouthpiece!" I am very happy with the investment I made in this Jody Jazz mouthpiece, it was worth every penny. Thank you.
-David Shultz, Lebanon PA
★★★★★
Anybody who plays MUSIC should try your mouthpieces!"
"Having already the DV for tenor, I was expecting something very good, but not THAT good. I never had sounded so close to my idol, Johnny Hodges, without effort, when I had spent so much time and energy with many other mouthpieces! More stunning, the ease to change rapidly sound colors or styles (playing like Cannonball or Maceo Parker is also cool from time to time). But OK. I could have somewhat expected that from this mouthpiece, knowing the DV for tenor. .....I would have one comment about your website page concerning the DV. It mentions that anybody who plays modern Jazz should try this mouthpiece. To me, this is not true. Anybody who plays MUSIC should try your mouthpieces!"
-Frederic Preitner, Massachusetts
★★★★★
It does everything I thought it would only better. Thanks again Jody."
"Hi Jody, I just wanted to thank you for shipping to me the most incredible alto mouthpiece I have ever played. It does everything I thought it would only better. Thanks again Jody."
-Darren Osley, Wisconsin
★★★★★
The best mouthpiece I've tried yet."
"You will not be getting my DV back. It is the best mouthpiece I've tried yet."
-Eric Falcon, Florida
★★★★★
Absolutely incredible!!! For the first time in years I find myself counting down the minutes until I can play again.
" Jody, I’m not a pro. I have been playing an alto in church for 29 plus years. I’ve played in small settings and in front of thousands. All loud fun nasty improv and loving it. 20 years ago I bought my first metal mouthpiece and although I loved the bright edgy tone it gave me I hated the lack of control and sacrificing the lower range for the projection in the upper range. I broke down and bought the DV this past weekend and I cannot even begin to express what a delightful experience it has been. Absolutely incredible!!! For the first time in years I find myself counting down the minutes until I can play again. Projection in upper and lower and upper registers. Absolute control soft and loud. Effortless adjustment from bright to dark. I have many friends across the wide world of Pentecost and will be recommending they give it a ride. I have to say that this is not just for the touring pro or weekend warrior but anyone with that loves to play with passion. I’m blown away and wanted to say thanks for your commitment and dedication to producing such an outstanding mouthpiece. "
-Patrick Chapman, Texas
★★★★★
This is the free-est blowing soprano sax mouthpiece EVER..
"Dear Jody. I will try to contain my list of superlatives so I don't sound like I'm gushing. When I first pulled it out of the packaging, I thought it was perfect in every examination of the workmanship. I put the mouthpiece where you told me to just to where the neck begun to peek through. The pitches were DEAD on bottom to top. This is the free-est blowing soprano sax mouthpiece EVER.. I might end up with a slightly stiffer reed even though this is the most open mouthpiece I have ever used. Jody-YOU are the Leonardo DaVinci of the saxophone mouthpiece. You have revolutionized sax playing and now especially soprano playing. Adolphe Sax MUST be smiling down on you. Thank you Jody for constructing and designing something that is keeping a 39 year old passion for playing strong and renewed. Thanks again Jody, Congratulations,Your mouthpieces and way of doing business are without equal." Sincerely,"
-Perry Hornkohl
★★★★★
It's sounding is just perfect, with the most easy and full of soul altissimo I've ever heard
"Dear Jody Espina: I've received your Soprano DV yesterday morning'. It's really beautiful and has your super class working´on it, but this is not the best thing. It's sounding´is just perfect, with the most easy and full of soul altissimo I've ever heard. Colourfull and deep heart. You are really a great master. Thank you so much and always keep workin´ please. Kind regards from Spain."
-Juan Alonso
★★★★★
It blows as freely as your tenor DV does.
"I am enjoying your soprano DV 7* sax mouthpiece! It blows as freely as your tenor DV does. Thanks for the great pieces!"
-Don Bell, PA
★★★★★
Excellent performance with a crispy and rich tone at the same time
"Hi Jody. Just want to tell you that I´m now playing the DV both on my Yanagisawa Curved Soprano and on my brand new PMauriat alto. Excellent performance with a crispy and rich tone at the same time - I'm extremely happy with my new choice of mouthpieces!!!"
-Pal Austnes, Norway
★★★★★
Thank You very much, you are a Genius (so much as the Da Vinci of sax mpc !"
"Dear Jody, since a few days I received your mouthpiece and, lo and behold, the Jupiter 767 is beginning to sound as a real Soprano! As soon as I got your beautifully crafted piece, I went through all the reeds that after the usual long adjustment period, were just starting to break in, and to my surprise, especially using the harder ones, I was not only able to play up to the G higher note, but the sound was quite good and a perfect intonation! I should have expected it from your art works! Now with the DV on the Soprano I was finally able to play that register without too much trouble, if not for my inner ear! Thank You very much, you are a Genius (so much as the Da Vinci of sax mpc !"
-Diego Gallarate, Italy
★★★★★
"Give them a try: Jody does great customer service, so if it's not for you, you can return it
"Give them a try: Jody does great customer service, so if it's not for you, you can return it, provided, of course, that you look after it. I now have that feeling I had with the other DVs of wanting to get back to the horn, because practice is so much more rewarding. Hats off to Jody again!"
-Professor Andrew Bowie, UK
★★★★★
The mouthpiece is wonderful,
Dear Mr. Espina, Just a short note to tell you that I received the HR* (6*) for soprano a couple of weeks ago. This was your suggestion for my needs. The mouthpiece is wonderful, and I want to thank you for your quality product. It gives me the best sound I have had on soprano and the intonation, top to bottom, is great. Full, round tone, very nice. I will pass the word about your mouthpieces and will no doubt be buying others in the future. Sincere thanks for a great product and sincere, best wishes for a great summer. Sincerely,
-Sam Waters
★★★★★
I am glad I didn't wait any longer to try your pieces!!!
Jody, The soprano piece has enabled me to extend my upper register range by a couple notes, and the tenor piece has made the top end of the upper register more solid. I am glad I didn't wait any longer to try your pieces!!! My wife has never liked my soprano playing much, preferring my tenor which has been my main horn, but last night after she heard me on your piece, she said that I sounded really smooth and she liked it. I realized too that it really took the shrillness out of my tone, and is the sound I am looking for on a soprano. Another critical thing about your pieces is that my intonation is better than it's been on both the tenor and soprano. Incredible! Thanks so much for making such great pieces.
-Paul Grandmasion
★★★★★
Your site, your products, your service, you and your people are the best...
Thanks Jody! Your site, your products, your service, you and your people are the best... Rest assured I receive compliments right and left for my new sound - and Jody Jazz has everything to do with it! The DV Tenor and HR Soprano pieces are revolutionary! And your Garzone DVD inspires and relaxes with its info. and down to earth presentation. Yeah Man... My eyes will be peeled to your site routinely. I'll likely be on the front end of customers interested in your new developments and will pull the trigger now and again... Jody, you leave me feeling like a friend after every transaction/inquiry... One doesn't get that often, nowadays. As you aspire to this - thought I'd let you know you are "succeeding exceedingly!" Hey! Good name for a tune... maybe in 7/8 at around 136 tempo...
-Andy in Baltimore
★★★★★
I prefer over all other ligatures that I have.
I have the jody jazz DV metal tenor sax mouth piece and the jody jazz Chicago, and I have three jody jazz power ring ligatures which I prefer over all other ligatures that I have.
-William Cingolani
★★★★★
just delighted with the additional response and ease in the bottom end of the horn.
Jody I bought the ring ligature for my DV Tenor mpc. and honestly not expecting anything significant. Well, it works great compared to the Rovner. I'm just amazed and very happy. If you recall I was the guy at the NAMM show who didn't like the reed cap. I got over it. I've played the new ligature on a couple of gigs now and just delighted with the additional response and ease in the bottom end of the horn. It also seems to make more reeds playable. This ligature is a great product and a perfect complement to the DV. Thanks again for providing great products which enhance my playing.
-Frank Zona El Paso, TX
★★★★★
more overtones, harmonics and better projection
"Jody- Thanks for the producing the DV Chicago Tenor model- it plays great! I find that there are more overtones, harmonics and better projection in it than ANY of the vintage pieces of all brands that I've been playing. I also feel there's an incredible flexibility and "elasticity" to it which allows me to shape and achieve the sound and color at all dynamic ranges that I'm used to getting with much greater ease- very multi-faceted. I find that just about any reed works right away on it, and the articulation and altissimo is superb. It blends well in the big band stuff I do (traditional or Zappa!), and has a "fat" Dexter quality and "buzz" to it for acoustic jazz. But maybe most of all for the working musician, you no longer have to reach for that "high baffle" piece for the "loud" part of the club date, as the flexibilty in this Chicago piece can be pushed for as much brightness as needed, while still maintaining the perfect blend of treble and mid range that really give a tenor sound that depth and "bottom end". Thanks again; will there be an alto one in the future? "
-Bill Straub Ed Palermo Big Band, NYC
★★★★★
The most all around tenor mouthpiece I have played until now.
The DV Chicago is the most all around tenor mouthpiece I have played until now. I have played a lot of mouthpieces from different manufactures, only to find one mouthpiece to work well for one horn such as the alto and not the tenor etc... I feel that Jody is a one stop shop for reed players.
-Gil Alcantar - Murritea, CA
★★★★★
Fat and rich in harmonics sound from top to the bottom
I feel that the Jody Jazz New CHI Tenor Sax Mouthpiece is one of the best tenor sax mouthpieces now on the market ! Fat and rich in harmonics sound from top to the bottom, absolutely immediate response, friendly with new reeds, very flexible - you can play soft, reaching big fat sub tones as well pushing a lot of air - you can squeeze many colors from your instrument , also I feel that it's very wise to use silver plating because it will bring you more color and timbre, more presence and warmer sound qualities. And to all off that we can add the extraordinary absolutely "Zen" simplicity design at the same time very effective in all sense ligature called " The Ring " also silver plated , I just loved The Ring - My precious 🙂 ! , finally we have a free vibrating and breathing almost speaking reeds. Jody Jazz CHI mouthpiece is pure absolute art and intelligence wisely combined by it's creator Jody Espina with the pure heart and soul.
-Gen Nady