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Jody Jazz HR* Tenor Saxophone MouthpieceThis special hard rubber has the look, feel and sound of vintage hard rubber. Each mouthpiece is faced on a special machine and is then finished by hand. The HR* (pronounced HR star) produces a beautiful warm sound with free-blowing ease. This Hard Rubber Saxophone Mouthpiece features a round, medium size chamber. The HR* is suited for Traditional Jazz, Big Band, Straight-Ahead and Bebop, but also has enough power for more modem styles. This is a favorite of band directors for its ability to blend in with a section.
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I had read that these were like the vintage HR link that Getz played and I was trying to get a warmer Getz-like sound for restaurant playing. The 8 I got had a great sound if you wanted a Meyer style Rollins sound , but it was to bright for me.
I may try the 10. George Garzone gets a very Getzy sound with it.
I bought this piece a couple months ago. I had tried many pieces before this one, but all the others were either too bright or too stuffy. This mouthpiece has given me "MY" sound. I am now inspired by my sound....Truly the best piece out there if you are looking for that 1950's-1960's classic jazz tone. Way to go Jody!!!
This mouthpiece has a very good tone. It is an excellent jazz mouthpiece, and is very well-rounded and easy to play. I recommend that you try this mouthpiece out if you're looking for THE sound.
This is the mouthpiece that made me enjoy HR again. I bought one of these mouthpieces just on a whim. I normally play Otto Link stm 8* bought a jody jazz HR* 8*. I like this mouthpiece as a great tonal alternative to my metal, very well constructed, rails were even and thin with a nice sized window. I use a Vandoren trad #3-3 1\2 nice warm lush sound plenty volume, then Java or V16 reeds offer a nice bright, round tone with good edge. I can get a nice sub tone to a rippin Joe Henderson tone and many variations in between. This mouthpiece performs with a solid core all throughout the horn, Great low end, I had a problem with being a little thin above palm D and up -with a little time to get used to the mouthpiece I feel the tone is nice and even now, but the Altissimo is still not as easy as on my metal mouthpieces. Overall the mouthpiece offers a classic sound to my set up and (has) easily become one of my favorite mouthpieces. No wonder George Garzone is a endorses this mouthpiece.
I now have in my collection 3 rather good mouthpieces. I have the 8* Jody Jazz HR, an 8* Otto Link HR and a 10* Otto Link new York Metal. Each differs a bit. For sheer projection the metal is best. Of the two HRs the Jody Jazz has the better control but the Otto Link is just slightly smoother in tone. The Jody Jazz is probably the best crafted as it will give a little better attack on low notes and produces a consistant tone across the whole register. it looks like tradeoff is the name of the game when choosing mouthpieces. Don't be afraid to buy the Jody Jazz. It is a good addition to any collection. I am using it more than the others at least for the time being.
I have been playing on a new vintage Otto Link 7* on a Selmer Mark VI 155XXX. I got both a 6* and a 7* HR* to try out. Of the two, I liked the 7* better with a Vandoren Java 3 1/2 reed. Unfortunately for me, the HR* did not fit on my horn. My cork was too narrow due to my Link. Also, the piece played very sharp. If my cork had been the right thickness, the mouthpiece would have gone on maybe a half inch on the neck in order to play in tune. This piece has a great sound, I only wish the shank was narrower and didn't play so sharp on my horn.
Impossible to play this mouthpiece in tune. My old Selmer mouthpiece works much better.
This mouthpiece is incredible! I tried out a couple of these pieces and was absolutely ready to buy the 7 until I played a used 9*. WOW! I play the 9* on a silver Rampone R1 Jazz with Brancher Jazz 3.5s, and it's got the smoothest most incredible response all the way up AND down! I had been having trouble with my low end on this horn, but I think the big open chamber was the ticket. I was very skeptical of a .125 tip, but it's really a great playing piece. Note: the altissimo is hard. Moving up in reeds will help.
I contacted Jody Espina directly thru his website to solicit his opinion on which of his pieces I should try in order to get a very controllable vintage jazz sound that retained body in the tone in order to play a better jazz ballad. I mentioned that I was using a friend's New York Meyer. He suggested I try on a trial basis the HR* 6 and the ESP 6.
I thought the HR* 6 had a real nice tone. It was very warm with some bite at the edge of the sound. I thought it sounded a lot like the New York Meyer medium a friend was loaning me, but with very slightly more crispness. I would have no reservations whatsoever playing this piece on a jazz gig. My only reservation was that I needed to have a real stiff reed in there to get a subtone down to low C or so with my particular horn. The HR* 6 really sounded nice, and for the money, it's a steal, considering Jody plays every piece before it goes out.
The only reason I didn't keep the HR* was because the ESP absolutely knocked me out, and I couldn't afford to keep both. For players looking for a New York Meyer-ish vintage sound without the price premium, this piece comes pretty darn close! I may go back and buy this one too for some versatility when finances improve a little. Its combination of edge and tone actually seemed to be *in between* the ESP 6's two sounds (with and without the ESP's spoiler inserted).
I have been playing saxophone for 25 years. In that time I have played many of the best known (and expensive) mouthpieces on the market. The instant I tried my friends HR 7*, I knew I needed to have one. It has a very balanced sound from the bottom of the range up to altissimo. It is free blowing with a very warm sound that still projects. It can be played in a whisper from the low Bb up to the top of the range, and the full spectrum of dynamics is easily playable, from ppp up to a honking fff. The best mouthpiece I have ever played.
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