GAIA 2 TENOR MOUTHPIECES
Infused with the spirit of Dexter Gordon, the GAIA 2 was built to outplay Theo's very best new and vintage Otto Links. He succeeded! As the foremost expert in vintage mouthpieces, Theo has taken his extensive experience to make the vintage sound even better! The GAIA 2 is updated with far more core and body to sound, while maintaining the big warm traditional sound the GAIA is known for! Robert Marting, who was Frank Zappa's saxophonist for 20 years had this to say about the GAIA 2:
“Just - wow! Theo, you nailed The GAIA 2 Tenor! Everything I loved about the original GAIA is still there, along with a vast new playground of expressive possibilities to explore, thanks to the richer, more complex harmonic content in the tone. The blend between the core of the sound and the “buzz factor,” the upper partials, is beautifully balanced. It’s still round and warm, and so easy now to get just the right amount of grit and bite if you want it. The other thing I noticed right off the bat is an immediacy in the response everywhere on the horn. Every pitch seems to center and speak instantly, making fast runs sound amazingly clean and precise. Theo, how did you do that? Furthermore, if Dexter Gordon were with us today, I bet he'd be playing a Theo Wanne™ GAIA 2!"
The GAIA 2 tends towards a traditional Jazz taste, but is quite versatile, as it can even get the great type of sound heard by Leon Silva on Ariana Grande's song 'Problem'. It has a medium roll-over baffle, precision-sculpted inner sidewalls, and our True Large Chamber for a simply huge and alive vintage sound.
"Having tried many types of mouthpieces over the years, Theo Wanne products embody all the great qualities; tone, projection and color. His mouthpieces are one of kind." - Dwayne Dugger (currently with Bruno Mars; recorded Uptown Funk on the GAIA)
The GAIA 2's True Large Chamber is very much like the vintage mouthpieces of the 1940s but the design has been perfected. It is technically superior due to our industry leading machining technology. Take a look at our baffles, tip rails, side rails, and interior design. We show you pictures of these for a reason. Because they are manufactured with a accuracy higher than any other mouthpiece ever made, vintage or new!
Built to outplay Theo's very best Vintage Florida Otto Link. Theo succeeded!!!
- Inspired by the genius of Dexter Gordon.
Full, rich, and fat traditional sound with a hint of edge.
Revolutionary True Large Chamber, medium roll-over baffle, and rounded inner side walls.
Crafted to the highest accuracy in the history of saxophone mouthpieces.
- Designed by Theo Wanne, the foremost expert on the design and manufacturing of vintage and new mouthpieces.
Case: Beautiful Leatherette Case! Like the case? See our other mouthpiece and reed cases here!
Finish: Reticulated 24K Gold with aqua highlights on globe logo (standard), and Vintified (special order).
Serial Number: Includes specific serial number showing care given to your mouthpiece.
Premium Hard Rubber: The Hard Rubber GAIA2 uses the finest vintage style hard rubber on the planet!
Ligatures: Metal GAIA includes our integrated two-point contact 24K gold Liberty Ligature and Alive Gold pressure plate. We recommend the Enlightened Ligature for the Hard Rubber GAIA2. To truly individualize your sound, try our premium pressure plates, which fit all of our mouthpieces and ligatures!
Cap: Reed Replacer Cap. The most secure cap in the world.
Bite Pad: Our user replaceable bite pads, allow you to peel and stick on new bite pads. Try our varying hardness bite pads to personalize the feel.
“The GAIA is the best mouthpiece I've ever played. Period! I played it on the show tonight, and it feels great, sounds awesome, and is super fat sound in the palm keys! Front of the house guys noticed right away!! Thanks again and if you guys are ever in Vegas, come see Zumanity!! I'll be playing a GAIA!! - Jean-F
'The Gaia is so much more than a Florida link." - Chris West
“The GAIA is killing, and is now my main mouthpiece! Just Beautiful!!! Congratulations!!! Also, almost all my reed's work on it! No more bad reeds!” - Tony Lakatos
“I am totally blown away by the GAIA. It seriously kicks! With this and my AMBIKA I'm selling off my large collection of mouthpieces.” -Doug Moffet
"I honestly believe there are no better mouthpieces available." - Andreas Pompe
"The GAIA is a unique blend of warmth and brilliance all in one mouthpiece." - Col Loughnan (Frank Sinatra, the Toshiko Tabakin Orchestra, Sammy Davis Jr.)
“The GAIA is just such an excellent Player. Please stop creating/developing more MPC – it is getting too expensive for me!!! – No, just kidding – great job, I am waiting for the next one!” – Johann
“I have not played a tenor mouthpiece than the GAIA tenor. I have more freedom and flexibility and the evenness and clarity in all registers is just amazing! The notes are fluid and just pop out with less effort. I don’t have to concentrate on the mouthpiece. I am thrilled to have a more refined sound that is still ‘me’.” - Greg Abate
“I LOVE both my GAIA tenor mouthpieces. They are very even from top to bottom, nicely in tune, and get me just the sound I love.” – Lew Del Gatto
"This mouthpiece plays like no other. This mouthpiece is incredible and has so many colors to it! Very versatile and easy to control. It is a more advanced mouthpiece, in which I mean you have to know what you want to sound like before you get this. It will take your natural tonal core and expand it! So put the work in before you get one of these! Although pricy, this is the best mouthpiece I have ever played on!" - Jacob
“The Gaia 7* is an amazing mouthpiece, and I've just about tried everything out there... I’ve now been playing it day and night!!! It just plays about any reed; it’s super reed friendly. Stick a log on it and it sounds good!!!” - Yves B
“Waouh, it's exactly the sound I want: fat and husky but with core. I can blow without thinking about my sound because I know it is already just what I want”. – Oliver R
“The Theo Wanne GAIA mouthpiece really is the best mouthpiece I have ever tried. End of story! It is supposed to be a much better replica of a classic Florida Otto Link and...IT IS! Man, it sounds really great and is totally worth the money (which is not little). THANK YOU!” - Maurizio Giammarco
“The Gaia 8 blew me away, I don't see how anything else could be better!” - David Horniblow
“The GAIA is a masterpiece! It is a very versatile mouthpiece with that vintage vibe. I can get big full sound out of it and this is the best mouthpiece I've ever played.” – Anatoliy (Tolly) Vyacheslavov
"I have been loving the new GAIA tenor mouthpiece. I'm currently on tour with it, in Bergen Norway now for the festival there, before this in Rome, etc. (touring with the Philip Glass Ensemble.) The mouthpiece plays fantastically well, with a wide range of tonal colors and expressive possibilities. I can't wait to start each day and play the horn." - Andrew Sterman
"The GAIA is so great, that i dont want to stop playing. It feels that i will play this for the rest of my life. Thank you so much for it." - D Bastian
"The GAIA is all I was hoping for and more! Easy blowing, dark but with enough edge, just like I wanted it. It blew away my old now-feeling-stuffy Tone Master I've been playing. I couldn't be happier with it:)" - Carlos
"My Gaia has a 7* tip opening and a lot of edge. The Gaia is perfect for ballads, blues, love songs, Jazz and Rock and Roll. It’s easy blowing from low B flat to high F sharp. So what do I think about it, I like it and I also like the ligature. I also have a Durga tip opening 8. So it’s a toss up, which mouthpiece will I blow. I usually blow the Gaia for a while then I blow the Durga for a while. And I have a Shiva on order, tip opening 8." - William C
“The Gaia is amazing! And it is so very sweet and Dexterish!:) Thanks!” – Shuki