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Gearhead: JodyJazz DV CHI Mouthpiece

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Sometimes the claims made by saxophone mouthpiece makers sound dangerously close to those of the snake-oil salesman: Just one dose of our product will not only cure all of your ills, it will make your life better! Even though I’m familiar with JodyJazz mouthpieces, I was still taken aback by Jody Espina’s boasts that his new tenor DV CHI (CHI for Chicago) has a “Bigger Fatter Tone, Effortless Playing, More Harmonics, Cleaner Articulation, Power and Projection, Unbelievable Altissimo [and] Improved Intonation.”

But the modern tenor player is just too fragile a creature to resist such assertions. We have dedicated our lives to the quest for the “perfect” mouthpiece, and we’re not afraid to drain our bank account for that search. While I’m not ready to say that Espina has made the perfect mouthpiece, he has clearly delivered on his promises.

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