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I’ve been playing JodyJazz mouthpieces exclusively since 2021, and I don't need to look elsewhere to get what I need in terms of comfort and ease of tone production. My main tenor piece is an HR* CUSTOM DARK and it can really sing! I have always steered towards a dark tone and finding a mouthpiece that was designed to enhance this aspect of my playing has really given me the chance to take my sound to the next level. I also occasionally use a DV NY; this mouthpiece is something special and has changed my entire perception of metal mouthpieces, which I have always tried to stay away from. The interplay between the darkness and the response is something I haven't experienced before, not to mention the resonance - wow!
Jody Espina, the president, owner, and designer of JodyJazz Saxophone & Clarinet Mouthpieces, says:
"As a player, I will play on nothing less than the best setup for me. As a mouthpiece maker, I will settle on making nothing less than the best mouthpiece for you."
Espina is a highly regarded jazz saxophonist, clarinettist, and flautist with a unique and personal sound and is also a respected jazz educator.
In 2018 JodyJazz acquired Chedeville and Espina redesigned the entire line of Clarinet and Saxophone Mouthpieces while using all of the best elements of Chedeville’s glorious past mouthpieces. In 2020 JodyJazz Acquired the famous Rousseau Music Products.
I am extremely grateful for the work carried out by Jody Espina and his spectacular team, who are always ready to help out with any request and give their absolute best. I feel truly honoured to be part of the family.
Since the start of 2023, I've been mainly playing a Trevor James (TJ) Signature Custom Raw XS tenor saxophone. These signature models blew me away from the first time I tried them out; the build quality is phenomenal, the intonation is incredibly precise, they possess a big sound, and are absolutely gorgeous.
The ‘RAW XS’ Signature Custom saxophone has been created after over 12 months of testing and exploration with sax players around the globe who needed a real vintage sound and a mature look to their instrument. Not at all like the numerous different companies who essentially apply a thin finish to the instrument to give it the presence of being old, we have just taken the saxophone in its raw fabricated condition and included the mechanism.