JodyJazz HR* - Alto Sax Mouthpiece
There is no doubt that Jody Espina knew exactly what he was doing when designing this mouthpiece. His HR is something of a modern classic- free blowing, easy to play and extremely flexible. There’s a really nice warm, rounded and smooth sound with great consistency throughout the range of the sax. On top of that it also responds extremely well when pushed- delivering bigger and better projection than the vast majority of ebonites. The HR is aimed at professionals and students who are after a well made and versatile mouthpiece without breaking the bank. For its price it’s an absolute bargain!
Supplied with a Rico H Ligature & Cap, deluxe mouthpiece pouch
What is the HR* Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece?
The HR* is a hard rubber saxophone mouthpiece aimed at ' professionals and students looking for a traditional versatile mouthpiece. High quality control standards, a beautiful warm sound and a nice free blowing feel make these new mouthpieces amazing players. We feel that this mouthpiece may be the best hard rubber alto saxophone mouthpiece on the market.
Warmth & Beauty
I get these blanks from a source in Germany and the Hard Rubber has the look, feel and sound of vintage hard Rubber sax mouthpieces that make some of the most sought after mouthpieces. The mouthpieces are faced on a special facing machine and then meticulously hand finished and play tested.
Three Goals in Creating the HR* Series of Saxophone Mouthpieces
1. To offer the most traditional style of jazz saxophone mouthpiece: round chamber hard rubber, and demand and obtain the most rigorous quality control possible.
2. To create a free blowing hard rubber mouthpiece that allows the lowest and highest notes to speak with equal ease.
3. To make a hard rubber sax mouthpiece that can sound beautiful, but also give good strong projection when necessary.
The HR* alto sax mouthpiece is a round chamber mouthpiece which provides a round sound in contrast to a more focused sound which a square chamber provides. This allows the HR* to sound very pretty and the medium chamber allows the piece to have very good projection when pushed.
Players who now or in the past have played Otto Link, Meyer, Bari, Vandoren, Yanigisawa, or any of the straight ahead hard rubber Jazz mouthpieces out there will be sure to love The JodyJazz HR*. The differences come from our particular facing curve, the exact size and shape of the chamber and our commitment to quality control.
I have found that many players who have been playing a hard rubber alto sax mouthpiece for many years are in need of a replacement (due to waer and tear) and do not know where to turn. We have had many many converts who came from playing the most popular hard rubber Jazz pieces. These players are almost always surprised at the quality and consistency of JodyJazz hard rubber tenor mouthpieces.
Special Notes on The HR* Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece:
Expect the JodyJazz HR* alto sax mouthpiece to play just slightly brighter than traditional Otto Links and Meyers. This is due to the slightly smaller chamber. Many different sounds are possible on the JodyJazz HR* hard rubber alto mouthpieces.
For example: For Classical playing try our C* or 5* model with a relatively hard reed
For a sound similar to Stan Getz use a HR* 5*, 6* or 7 with a harder reed than you might normally use. Play softly and you will hear that beautiful sound with a hint of air it.
For a sound more like Sonny Rollins us a 6*, 7*, or 8* with a softer reed to get that nice jazzy buzz in the sound. ( These are just the broadest suggestions. The real answer about sound is for you to experiment and find out what works for you.)
"My JodyJazz HR* 10* Hard Rubber is ever changing in the most positive sense, that I have ever experienced. This is what I look for in a good mouthpiece....buy one now!"
" This mouthpiece speaks to me loud, fat and clear. Not long after buying the tenor piece I replaced my alto refaced link with the JodyJazz HR* Alto and the JodyJazz ESP Bari Gold also. There is no question, that these mouthpieces were created with a vision. "
" Hey Jody! Just a quick note.
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. They play great, would highly recommend to students and anyone looking for a good hr piece. The HR* 7* tenor played so good I had to keep it, nice job man! I have no end of admiration for you and your products, it's nice to see a success story in the midst of everything that's goin' on in the world today. Congrats to you and thanks!"
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