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. They feel that this mouthpiece may be the best hard rubber alto saxophone mouthpiece on the market.
They use only genuine, authentic Hard Rubber so the HR* Series has the look, feel and sound of the vintage hard rubber sax mouthpieces that have always been the most highly sought after. These mouthpieces are created on our state-of-the-art 5 axis CNC machine and then meticulously hand finished and play tested.
The HR* Alto mouthpiece has a unique round chamber with straight side walls that 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 Meyer, Otto Link, 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 their particular facing curve, the exact size and shape of the chamber and their commitment to quality control.
They 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 wear and tear) and do not know where to turn. They 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 alto mouthpieces.
Expect the JodyJazz HR* Alto saxophone mouthpiece to play just slightly brighter than traditional Meyers and Otto Links. 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 5M model with a relatively hard reed. For a sound similar to Paul Desmond use a HR* 5M or 6M with a harder reed than you might normally use. Play softly and you will hear that beautiful sound with a hint of air in it. For a sound more like Cannonball Adderley, use a 5M, 6M, or 7M 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.)