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Dayna Stephens plays Syos

Dayna Stephens plays on a Syos tenor saxopohone mouthpiece
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I never imagined having a mouthpieces that produced all of the power and warmth one could desire, but my Syos does just that with ease. Whether playing tenor or soprano at a whisper or competing with a big band with no mic, these pieces deliver. You must try it to believe it.

Sound aesthetics

Very dark
Very bright
Very soft
Very powerful

Biography

Dayna Stephens is an American jazz saxophonist and composer. In addition to leading his own group Stephens has performed extensively with Kenny Barron, Ambrose Akinmusire, Taylor Eigsti, Julian Lage, Eric Harland, Gerald Clayton, and many other contemporaries.

Stephens's albums include The Timeless Now (2007), Today Is Tomorrow (2012), That Nepenthetic Place (2013), I'll Take My Chances (2013), and Peace. Stephen Peace, features guitarist Julian Lage, pianist Brad Mehldau, bassist Larry Grenadier, and drummer Eric Harland.

Stephens grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and attended Berkeley High School. He went on to study at theBerklee School of Music and later at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. Dayna was also mentored by Bay Area saxophonist Robert Stewart and pianist Ed Kelly.

Listen to Dayna Stephens playing on his Syos mouthpiece

Dayna Stephens mouthpiece

Fresh orange tenor saxophone mouthpieceFresh orange tenor saxophone ligature
Tenor

My Syos mouthpiece has the width and warmth I usually get from a rubber Link and the quick response of a Soloist. I just love how effortlessly I get to my sound.

Dayna Stephens mouthpiece

Acid green baritone saxophone mouthpieceAcid green baritone saxophone ligature
Baritone

When I push my Syos baritone mouthpiece I get more of a meaty sound and when I finesse it out comes this warm beauty that I love from the Baritone register.

Dayna Stephens mouthpiece

Deep magenta soprano saxophone mouthpieceDeep magenta soprano saxophone ligature
Soprano

My Syos soprano mouthpiece easily plays from top to bottom without getting squeaky or bright. It takes as much air as I can possibly put into it without hitting a ceiling.

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