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I'm curious on your guys opinion on this- I personally think they're both great mouthpieces but I recently purchased my first Theo Wanne (Durga 4) and I'm leaning that way for sure :treble: :cool:

I do a brief comparison here:

https://youtu.be/lRV1UNl1KL0
 

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Thanks for posting your comparison. Both sound great. But I prefer your sound on the Jody Jazz. The Theo Wanne had a thinner, more raw quality. I can see how you get more power from the bigger opening on stage. Maybe they will ultimately sound the same after you get use to it.

Please follow up in a few weeks and let us know your thoughts after some more play time.
 

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Thanks for your response, I'll try to do an update maybe in 3 or 4 weeks- I definitely know what you mean and in the video that was the very first time I had very played the piece so I was constantly trying to work out the kinks

Thanks for checking it out!!
 

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Thanks for posting Kenny! I actually liked the Durga a bit more. Here is another video doing a similar comparison with the Durga 3 and the Platinum version of the DV. In this video, I hear the DV being more 'intense' more 'mid-heavy', and the Durga being more 'open' and also 'rounder and richer' at the same time. Comes down to personal preference as each of these is meticulously crafted. I have a preference for the Durga, but can see others preferring the DV. To me, the DV has a more intense delivery while the Durga is rounder (and at the same time brighter).

Also, based on what others have posted, the DV is an even more free-blowing piece than the Durga. This, combined with the fact that you went up to larger tip, perhaps trying a reed strength a half step down may prove fruitful?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVcvZiWQP9E
 

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I say stay with the Jody Jazz DV and send back the Theo Durga! I play the JJ DV on Tenor and find it so versatile and unique compared to any other metal mouthpiece! The Durga to me sounds like standard basic sterile metal mouthpiece! Nothing special! The Durga is no dog but after your honeymoon period with this mouthpiece....you’ll go back. Listen to Andy Snitzer or Jeff Kashiwa on the DV to hear the beautiful versatility they produce! The DV is an amazing mouthpiece in my opinion! Good luck with your mouthpiece journey! :)
 

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You certainly sound more comfortable with the JJ in the first part of the clip which as you admit likely comes from years of playing it. In the end I don't know that there is much difference in the sound out front so I'd play the one you ultimately feel most comfortable with or gives you the sound and feedback you like most as a player. I had a JJ DV 8* for a while but it was too bright for me down on the lower end of the horn. There are other high baffle pieces I like better like the DG LT MBII which has a higher but shorter baffle than the JJ so I sold the DV. Now I play a JJ DV Chi 90+% of the time. For me it's the best compromise for playing in both funk/rock/R&B and jazz combo/ big band settings.
 

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I've owned both and keep coming back to my DV 7* for tenor and 7 for alto. Both are fine pieces. But the DV is extremely versatile piece and effortless to play. I find it has a wide dynamic range. I can play soft and sweet and breathy, or lean into it for incredible power and edge if needed. Jody nailed it with this piece. So fun to play.
 

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Sounds like there's a problem with the lig... at certain points, the Durga sounds squeaky.

I have had many Wanne metal pieces... I've always hated the stock ligature, since it tends to bend the sides of the table.
If you try the Durga 4 with the FL Ultimate (or any fitting Rovner), you'll notice mayor improvements on the response (and overall control).

I've had at least two JJ DV in #7* tip opening... it's quite bright and thick.
On DV's my favoutite tip opening is the #8*... and sounds much brighter then the DV #7* (I still have one, #8*).
 

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I think the Durga sounds better. I'd also experiment with the ligature placement because this can make a big difference on TW pieces.
 
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