Mine was obviously made in China. In fact, mine was shipped directly from China (although the Ebay store was located in Indonesia). Authentic Jody Jazz mouthpieces are hand finished in the U.S. and, according to their advertisements, are individually played prior to sale by Jody Espina (or somebody at his facility in Savanna, GA). Mine, being shipped directly from China, obviously was going to miss out on this essential quality control.
There were other telltale clues that mine would be a fake. The Jody Jazz HR* sells for about $200 in the U.S. The Ebay Buy-It-Now price was $26. I bought one and was immediately told that it was out of stock and my purchase price was refunded. I went back to the same site, where the price was now $28, and bought it again. Same thing happened. I went back and bought it at $30 and that transaction went through. It appeared that the seller had some kind of automated "sucker pricing" algorithm. That is exactly what one would expect from an Ebay scammer selling knockoff products. The mouthpiece showed up in two weeks with a cheap ligature and cap. Guess what? It was fake!
Although most fake Jody Jazz mouthpieces had disappeared from Ebay by the time I wrote this blog, many other fakes of various brands have recently appeared. Many of them also claim to be made of Bakelite. If you search Ebay for Bakelite saxophone mouthpieces, you may find fake Vandoren, Meyer, etc. Here is a picture of the fake plastic Meyers (falsely claimed to be made of Bakelite, but who cares). Notice that they have faked the current model of Meyer mouthpieces. Don't they know the saxophone lore that the vintage Meyer Brothers mouthpieces magically enhance a player's ability and are therefore worth thousands of dollars?
Back to my fake Jody Jazz. Here is what a real Jody Jazz hard rubber HR* looks like. This is a 7 tip (.105 inch). The shank has a smooth "bugle" shape.