The HR* CUSTOM DARK series is our premium line of hard rubber saxophone mouthpieces, where the goal was to make the most beautiful sounding and playing pieces that we possibly could. As Baritone sax players, we know that finding a pretty sounding mouthpiece might mean that it doesn’t have enough cut and highs in the sound, and we will be buried in the mix. With the HR* CUSTOM DARK Baritone, we retained the clarity of the mid register while taking off annoying highs by designing a rollover baffle which gives nice feedback to the player that Baritone players are used to and then making a big, large chamber and bore to give it this mellow, warm pretty sound.
The HR* CUSTOM DARK Baritone uses the finest material uses our proprietary Chedeville® Rubber. CHR (Chedeville Rubber) is a softer purer formula than regular standard hard rubber. This rubber imparts a rich warmer sound than standard Hard Rubber
Next, we made rounded sidewalls that add complexity to the core sound.
A large round chamber puts the timbre in a warm dark zone and the thick heavy gold-plated brass band on the shank boosts the amount of harmonics in the sound.
The facing curve and baffle on the HR* CUSTOM DARK are what truly make the mouthpiece a joy to play. We have applied our twenty years of making mouthpieces on these two key components of a mouthpiece, with a combination of science, technology and old fashioned made by hand craftsmanship.
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Jody Espina – Designer, Founder and President – JodyJazz