GAIA2 Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece
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
Ian Hendrickson-Smith with Billy Ocean on GAIA Tenor
Col Loughnan and the GAIA Tenor
Leon Silva with Ariana Grande 'Problem' on GAIA Tenor
Tony Lakatos 'Just Friends' on GAIA Tenor
Peter Klohmann Roast Beef or Hash on GAIA Tenor
Juan Alzate en el Cervantino on GAIA Tenor
Chris West on GAIA Mouthpiece and MANTRA Sax
Peter Klohmann 'Adam oder Eva' on GAIA Tenor
Dean Mongerio on GAIA Tenor at Bellini Lounge, Macau
Trio Depot GAIA Tenor Review
"The GAIA is everything I have ever 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 website)
"I have some classic pieces, including a gold 1990 hand made Guardala Studio Model, and the Theo Wanne Gaia is the "Master Piece" of them all. Nothing I've ever played matches Theo's pieces, in terms of ease and enjoyment of playability from top to bottom, intonation, rich, complex tone, extreme accuracy and consistency in the manufacturing process, finish, superior built-in ligature - you name it, Theo is the best. If you question the price, it's simple - you get what you pay for. If you want the performance of a Ferrari, it will cost more than an economy car. Theo builds Ferraris, and the performance is unmatched. ALL Theo's pieces play magnificently, it's just a matter of whether I want to drive a black Ferrari or a red one today." - Robert Martin (WWBW Review)
"I find it hard to describe what this piece has done for my sound. After exhaustive trials with countless mouthpieces, I had settled on two; a Guardala MBII and a modern Otto Link Metal 7*. I have enjoyed both of these pieces, and recently the Link in particular since I was starting to move into more jazz work. I really wanted to re-define my sound, and though the Link was pointing me in the right direction, I still felt something was missing. So I began my exhaustive search once again. This last order included a Theo Wanne Metal GAIA 7*. I initially had no expectations of keeping this piece based on the price, but I was curious to see if the price was justifiable. One word describes what I found: ABSOLUTELY! Yes, it is expensive, and I would say that this is a piece for someone who really gigs on a regular basis. If this is you, I would recommend to at least try it, or any of the other Theo pieces. First, the design and craftsmanship is absolutely un-matched. Rails are even, the table is completely flat, the baffle is smooth and beautifully crafted. This is what comes when you get a top quality hand-finished piece. Second, the sound. Oh....the sound. Big, fat, round tone. But it does not stop there. What has amazed me the most with this piece is the versatility. I can go from playing "'Round Midnight" in a mellow sub-tone sound to wailing out the horn lines of Stevie Wonder's "Superstitious" with just a bit more air. The mouthpiece is very free-blowing, especially compared to the Link. The response with this piece is just as huge as the sound. My "Ah Ha!" moment as I call it came when I started noticing that my inflections and my "feeling" of the music almost felt like it was sub-consciously transmitted through the mouthpiece and into the horn. I have always played the same way, but have never had a piece react so perfectly to my style. In closing, I will admit that this just might be the fit for my playing style, but I will strongly recommend that any serious player, or anyone working on becoming a regular performer, give this or any of the Theo Wanne pieces a try. I did just for the heck of it, and now will spend the rest of my playing life using this mouthpiece. My Setup: Yamaha YTS-875EX Custom, Theo Wanne 7*, Rico Select Jazz Unfiled 3S/3M - Ron (WWBW Review)
"I was blown away. It sounds thick and full in the low, middle, and high registers. It is really dark sounding and is the best jazz piece I've ever played on. You can alter your sound to your liking (dark or edgy). I play on an 8 tip opening and it is extremely free-blowing. If you are wondering on whether to size up when you are contemplating purchasing, go for it. You won't be sorry." - Brady Sisk (WWBW Review)
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 best mouthpiece I have ever tried. End of story!” - Maurizio Giammarco
'The Gaia is so much more than a Florida link." - Chris West
“I have not played a tenor mouthpiece better!” - Greg Abate
“I am totally blown away by the GAIA.” -Doug Moffet
"The GAIA is everything I always dreamed of!” – Joerg Kaufmann
"The GAIA is so great, that i dont want to stop playing." - D bastian
“The GAIA is a masterpiece!” – (Tolly) Vyacheslavov
"I honestly believe there is not better mouthpiece." - Andreas Pompe