(c)2005 Sax Reviews
Jody Jazz DV :: Tenor Saxophone Jazz Mouthpiece :: Shannon Kennedy
Primarily being an Alto Player, my sound on Tenor Sax has been an issue of how I will sound best and not like an Alto Player playing Tenor. At the IAJE Conference, I discovered the new Jody Jazz Mouthpieces - the DV. I had been playing on a Meyer 7 hard rubber mouthpiece, but felt like I had an "average Tenor Player" sound. So I was open to trying stuff and to find something new.
When Jody Espina created the DV mouthpiece, he was looking to create the most efficient mouthpiece.
Using a new facing technology faces the curve so that there are no dead spots in the reed vibration. The DV is available for Tenor Saxophone in the following with facings of 7, 7*, 8*. The price is $495.00 with Rovner Ligature, Cap, Mouthpiece Pouch and shipping included. The DV Mouthpiece is hand finished.
At the IAJE Conference, Jody himself was there. I talked to him a bit, trying out difference mouthpieces. Initially, we established that I wanted to sound "better" (I was not very specific) and what I was playing on (the Meyer). He had me try out a few of his mouthpieces, all great mouthpieces, but none of them were really what I was looking for.
Eventually, I got around to trying the NEW DV. When I first picked it up, I was surprised at the unique design. I tried it out and it was perfect - exactly what I was looking for. I was going for a more contemporary/pop/modern sound on Tenor, and I found it with the DV Mouthpiece. Altissimo was really easy on the DV Mouthpiece, and it had a smooth sound with little resistance.
Jody Espina had me try both the 7 and 7* Mouthpieces and I fell in love with the 7*. Playing the Mouthpiece made me sound like me on Tenor, not just another Tenor Player.
By Shannon Kennedy
Shannon Kennedy is a Woodwind player, playing Saxes, Flutes and Clarinet. Shannon is also the host of a new Teen Jazz site - TeenJazz.com. You can also find out more about Shannon Kennedy at Shannon-Kennedy.com
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