Designing the BetterSax BURNIN' Mouthpiece with Jody Espina – Better Sax
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Designing the BetterSax BURNIN’ Mouthpiece with Jody Espina

Learn about the design process of the BetterSax BURNIN’ mouthpiece in this live hang and Q+A session with Jody Espina, founder of Jody Jazz mouthpieces.

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As the founder of Jay’s mission is to help developing saxophone players break away from traditional music learning methods and discover a more efficient, practical and fun way to become a Better Sax player. The BetterSax YouTube channel’s videos have been watched by millions and thousands of students have made meaningful progress on their instrument thanks to BetterSax courses.

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10 thoughts on “Designing the BetterSax BURNIN’ Mouthpiece with Jody Espina”

  1. Jay, I am on the fence and have watched this video several times, my question is this. Would I get a fuller sound from the palm keys and how does the altissimo respond? I currently play a great sounding NY USA Meyer 7m purchased in 1977 but the altissimo does not pop like I would like it to.

    1. Lee, without knowing your particular Meyer I would say that in general those will not have the power and projection of the Burnin. The altissimo will almost certainly be much easier on the Burnin’ compared to any Meyer. In my experience some Meyers can feel a bit stuffy. This can make the palm keys feel like notes to avoid. While a lot of that is on us as players to stay open and relaxed in the throat up there, the Burnin should give you a nice clear and open sound in the upper register.

  2. When will the tenor mouthpiece be available in the UK. Shearwater are no longer shipping outside of the USA. I love my alto mouthpiece and want a tenor one to do my grade 6!

    1. Lynne, you can reach out to – they have the mouthpiece available! If you can’t find it on the site just shoot them a message or give them a call!

  3. Jay,

    I recently started playing again after not touching the sax for about 10 yrs. Your courses are a huge help as are all of your tips and videos. I’m very much interested in purchasing a Burnin Tenor Sax mouthpiece and am curious if there is currently distribution to brick and mortar locations. I’m actually in a ska band and I feel that this mouthpiece will be what I need insofar as free blowing and power.
    I’m currently using a Rico Graftonite B3, but sometimes the intonation is a bit cringy. Also, will the Jody Jazz HRT1 power ring fit the Burnin 6* tenor mouthpiece?

    1. Yes, the mouthpieces are being carried in select music stores around the world. New dealers are placing orders all the time. Best to ask your local dealer first. Yes the HRT1 is the correct size.

  4. FYI…Sweetwater has a 20% mouthpiece restocking fee. That amounts to $55 for a $279 Tenor mouthpiece. Doesn’t WWBW just have a nominal cleaning fee? Too bad it isn’t available there or any other store used to dealing with wind-players.

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