GAIA2 Alto Hard Rubber Saxophone Mouthpiece
GAIA2 ALTO MOUTHPIECE
The GAIA2 alto is designed with the classic Meyer design in mind. However, no limitations were put on the design, so it simply does everything better! It has an optimized classic baffle and includes our True Large Chamber so get's a breadth of sound surpassing all the Meyer clones on the market. Once you spend some time on it, you will find a dynamic range and flexibility not possible in other mouthpieces. The newest 2016 model GAIA 2 is updated with even more core and body to sound!
"The GAIA alto is the answer to a saxophonist's dream! Over my sixty years of performing in either recording studios, or performing live concerts, I can finally do it all with one mouthpiece instead of carrying several pieces around. The only mouthpiece I've played in seven decades with EVERYTHING! Without any question, it’s a 'sonic miracle!'" - George Young (John Lennon, Rolling Stones, Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Sinatra, Madonna)
Large chambers have been widely explored in the history of tenor mouthpieces, but very little has been done with alto mouthpieces. The GAIA 2 Alto mouthpiece opens up a whole new world for the alto saxophone. The GAIA 2 is truly revolutionary in bringing the vintage sound up to date. Not only is the sound revolutionary, but it uses our state of the art manufacturing and premium materials to create the highest quality mouthpiece in history.
- Outplays histories best large chamber and medium chamber alto mouthpieces.
- 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 finish with aqua highlights on globe logo.
- 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!
- 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 everything I have looked for in a piece. I have played on an early Babbitt Link for 30 years and the GAIA responds with less effort, the tone is more refined and clean, it has more punch and edge, and the intonation is more locked in and accurate than my Link. When I really lean on this piece, it really does bark! The altissimo, wow, much less effort! The notes up there really pop out with minimal effort. Theo's attention to detail is phenomenal! Everything is absolutely perfect and symmetrical. All the machining on the inside is flawless. I am stoked! For me, it's well worth the money and I am a [poor] full time musician, not a doctor or lawyer.” -Alastair Ingram (Alastair's Sax Lessons)
"The GAIA 2 Alto is the atomic %^&* Meyer." - Nelson Rangell (14 Internationally Acclaimed Albums)
“You haven't scored a home run with the New AMBIKA and GAIA, you've hit a grand slam! I am totally blown away by them. Both the new AMBIKA and the GAIA seriously kick! It's time I start selling off my quit large collection of mouthpieces.” -Doug Moffet
"The GAIA is the answer to a saxophonist's dream! The only mouthpiece I've played in seven decades with EVERYTHING! I've been playing the saxophone for almost seven decades now ... have tried and performed on a multitude of all different types of mouthpieces but have never come upon such a mouthpiece that has everything in the "SOUND", until I played Theo's hard rubber GAIA alto mouthpiece. What a wonderful innovator he is! His mouthpieces provide better intonation, total evenness in one's "SOUND" that covers the entire range of the instrument including the altissimo range. l also must include the fact that Theo's mouthpieces include a palate that also provides the answer to a saxophonist's dream by being able to use an unlimited amount of nuances when necessary. For example, I think that Johnny Hodges would have loved to be able to play on one of Theo's mouthpieces! As far as mouthpieces are concerned for me, Theo's are definitely "a home run with the bases loaded"! “THANK YOU” again and again, for all of the wonderful things that you’re doing for us and the MUSIC, in making our tasks as players so much easier. And, also for providing that extra enjoyment with our equipment as you continue to assist us in making the MUSIC ... and making it “SOUND" better!! Although I play several woodwind instruments, I’ve played the alto saxophone for seventy two years. Over those many years, I’ve experienced many changes in the saxophone, especially the mouthpiece and it’s function, some good, and some not so good. This now brings us to today and the wonderful work and craftsmanship of Theo Wanne and his dedication to making the world a better place with his relentless creativity. Since I’ve had the opportunity and pleasure of playing Theo’s GAIA alto hard rubber alto mouthpiece, my whole universe of SOUNDS ... be it Classical, Jazz, Pop or Rock MUSIC has been greatly enhanced. Over my sixty years of performing in either recording studios, or performing live concerts, I can finally do it all with one mouthpiece instead of carrying several pieces around with me to satisfy the demands of so many different styles and types of playing. Theo’s mouthpiece enables me to be that occasional chameleon when having to deliver the correct character musically on any given project. The GAIA alto generously gives me my voice, enabling me to forget about any equipment struggles, and just think about ... and go for the MUSIC, in the moment. In addition Theo’s mouthpiece is reed friendly and enables me to produce full quality of SOUND whether I’m playing pianissimo or fortissimo and from the low Bb with evenness extending into the altissimo range of the instrument. Without any question, it’s a 'sonic miracle'!" - George Young (John Lennon, Rolling Stones, Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Sinatra, Madonna)
"The sound of the GAIA is everything I ever dreamed of. The playability is perfect! It reminds me on one of the really good Florida Links, which have this "Dexter-thing"? A lot of core, fat, and dark sounding. When I push it, I can play funky too; a very versatile piece. The GAIA projects very good, the sound-quality is great in all registers and with all dynamics. This is the thing!!! The GAIA is my personal choice, and will be what I play and record on from now on.” -Joerg Kaufmann Review
"The GAIA pieces are awesome and working out beautifully. My long search for the perfect mouthpieces has ended. I can't thank you enough for offering such great mouthpieces. You have truly inspired me to play as never before. I am playing Theo Wanne™ mouthpieces on all 3 of my saxophones. My wife told me to say “thank you from her also.” She is so glad that I am spending time playing and not looking for mouthpieces anymore." - Anthoney Rhyne
The Intelligent Musician Bog GAIA Alto Review
“As soon as you open the box the Theo Wanne GAIA ships in, it is obvious that you are dealing with a premium product and complete package. The mouthpiece itself is an impressive object. The matte finish has a slight texture to it and the rubber color tends towards a deep dark brown rather than black like most hard rubber mouthpieces. The shank is reinforced by a gold colored ring with the words "THEO WANNE MOUTHPIECES" stamped in. Unlike most hard rubber mouthpieces, the Theo Wanne GAIA features a built-in rubber patch which sits in a countersunk cavity on the beak. The side rails look flawless and perfectly straight.
Although the exterior of the Theo Wanne GAIA looks stunning, peeking inside the piece was what I found the most interesting. The chamber is simply enormous. The long baffle gently slopes down through about 3/4 of the window where it abruptly dips into the chamber in a bullet shaped transition. The inner sidewalls are rounded like a standard Meyer although slightly shallower.
Okay, so how does the GAIA play? Well, the first thing that made an impression on me is just how loud I could get on this mouthpiece without pushing particularly hard. I quickly wondered how far I would be able to take the GAIA and when I did push hard, I had to pause for a few seconds as I was literally baffled by how ridiculously loud I could play on this piece. The amazing thing is that, although it got brighter as I pushed, the tone kept its core and strong low end and mid frequencies harmonics. The GAIA not only allows producing more decibels effortlessly, but as you push more air and open up your throat, it starts ringing and resonating massively. When I was exploring the limits of the mouthpiece, my whole practice room was vibrating. Wow!” - The Diligent Musician Mouthpiece Roundup GAIA Alto Review
“It’s a 'sonic miracle! The only mouthpiece I've played in seven decades with everything!" - George Young (John Lennon, Rolling Stones, Dizzy Gillespie)
"The GAIA 2 Alto is the Atomic Meyer." - Nelson Rangell (14 Internationally Acclaimed Albums)
“The GAIA is everything I have looked for in a piece. Well worth the money and I am a [poor] full time musician, not a doctor or lawyer.” -Alastair Ingram (Alastair's Sax Lessons)
“You haven't scored a home run you've hit a grand slam!” -Doug Moffet
"My long search for the perfect mouthpieces has ended." - Anthoney Rhyne