MINDI ABAIR CUSTOM ALTO MOUTHPIECE
The Mindi Abair Custom Mouthpiece has been a full-on collaboration between Theo Wanne™ and Mindi Abair to make the ultimate powerhouse alto mouthpiece!
Mindi is a 2-time Grammy nominee who’s toured with Aerosmith, been featured on American Idol, won a 2015 She Rocks Award for Mad Skills, and filled in for Clarence Clemons with Bruce Springsteen. She knows how to rock a saxophone.
Theo and Mindi worked together since 2012 on this mouthpiece and three years later the Mindi Abair Custom Alto Mouthpiece was born!
Completely new A.R.T (Advanced Resonance Technology) features have been developed for this mouthpiece, including a new 'swept-step' baffle with roll-over, a newly designed flat-side-wall chamber, and unique duck-bill beak. The result is the most screaming alto mouthpiece ever made, yet amazingly, when you want to step back and relax you can do that too, making this mouthpiece incredibly expressive!
We included the Theo Wanne™ LIBERTY Ligature and, at Mindi’s request to make the best alto mouthpiece in the world also accessible to all, it’s priced very affordably. As Mindi says, this mouthpiece allows one and all to "Give Yourself to the Music!"
Completely new design in high-step with roll-over baffle with a powerful chamber that projects like mad but with incredible body to the sound!
Collaboration between Mindi Abair and Theo Wanne three years in the making!
Made by Theo Wanne, the foremost expert on the design and manufacturing of vintage mouthpieces and maker of the highest quality mouthpieces in history.
Plating: Reticulated Rhodium plating with dark grey signature of Mindi Abair on the back.
Box: A classy black box with Mindi's signature in metallic silver, with a beautiful microfiber draw-string pouch.
Ligature: Integrated two-point contact Bright Nickel Liberty Ligature and Alive Gold pressure plate.
Cap: Patented Reed Replacer Cap. The most secure cap in the world!
The 'Mindi Abair Custom' Mouthpiece Story
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In 2011 Mindi contacted Theo Wanne to make a backup mouthpiece. She was travelling extensively and had no other mouthpiece that worked for her in case something happened to her current mouthpiece. She had tried working with the original manufacturer of that mouthpiece, however the mold used to make that mouthpiece had been destroyed, and they were unable to make a duplicate to her satisfaction.
Theo says, “I had always been a fan of Mindi’s. I appreciated her unique voice and vast expression on the alto, so I was very happy to work her. Mindi is a fantastic person with a sincere desire to uplift her audience with her music, so our philosophies really worked well together too. More than building a mouthpiece together, our friendship really started at that time too.”
Mindi came to the Theo Wanne™ shop in Bellingham, WA several times in the following three years to work on the mouthpiece, and Theo visited her before multiple concert dates to further work on the mouthpiece. One of those meetings was backstage at an Aerosmith concert, whom Mindi was touring with at the time. Cheap Trick was the opening act for Aerosmith, and Theo and Mindi got a chance to work on their mouthpiece together during their performance. Mindi shared, “When I was a girl my father was a rock & roll musician, and I was really inspired by him. In fact, I really wanted to sing like Tina Turner, but I was just a little girl then so singing like that was rather impossible. HOWEVER, with the saxophone and the right mouthpiece (said with a big grin) I could sound like Tina Turner.”
In 2015, Mindi’s saxophone and mouthpiece were stolen. Theo received a desperate call from Mindi who needed her finished mouthpiece so she could continue playing. Mindi shared, “this must be the universe telling us to finish this project, and get our mouthpiece out to the world!” Fortunately the mouthpiece design was already close to completion, so Theo and Matt Ambrose (Theo’s lead machinist) stayed up for the next few days dialing in the mouthpiece until they felt it was even better than her original. They then sent it to Mindi and waited with baited breath to hear Mindi’s response.
A day later Mindi called, “I can rock out like I never could before. Good job guys, the mouthpiece is better than I could have imagined! Also, my sound guy, whom I totally trust, just told me I sound better than I ever have too!”
Since then Mindi and Theo continued to further improve the mouthpiece until its now final production version. Their mission was to create the ultimate Powerhouse alto mouthpiece, and it takes just one listen to Mindi’s new album ‘Live in Seattle’ to know that they succeeded. You can listen here
MINDI ABAIR BIOGRAPHY
In a career that spans seven solo albums and countless collaborations in the studio and live on stage, 2-time GRAMMY nominee Mindi Abair has made her mark as one of the most recognizable saxophonists in the US. You may know her as the saxophonist on American Idol, or the only saxophonist to tour with rock legends Aerosmith since 1973. You may have seen her on stage with Bruce Springsteen for a historic night at the Beacon Theater, or tuned in as she joined Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra on the Late Show with David Letterman, caught her recent appearance at The Grand Ole Opry, or recognized her as Al Pacino’s sax player in the movie Danny Collins.
Her eight solo CDs have garnered ten #1 radio hits, six top 5 spots and two #1 spots on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz album chart. Abair received a 2014 GRAMMY® nomination in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category for Summer Horns, a #1 recording with her friends Dave Koz, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot, and more recently received a 2015 GRAMMY® nomination for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for her solo CD Wild Heart featuring friends Gregg Allman, Joe Perry, Trombone Shorty, Booker T. Jones, Keb’ Mo’, and Max Weinberg.
She authored the book “How To Play Madison Square Garden - A Guide to Stage Performance”, serves as a National Trustee for the Recording Academy, launched her own fine jewelry line Mindi Abair Jewelry early in 2015, and created her signature model 'Mindi Abair Custom' mouthpiece with industry leading mouthpiece maker Theo Wanne in late 2015.
The artists she’s toured with and/or recorded with are a testament to her talent: Aerosmith, Gregg Allman, Keb’ Mo’, Joe Perry, Lalah Hathaway, Duran Duran, Adam Sandler, Lee Ritenour, the Backstreet Boys, Booker T. Jones, Jimmy Webb, Mandy Moore, Max Weinberg, Bill Champlin, David Pack, Mocean Worker, The Ides of March, Rick Braun, Teena Marie, Bobby Lyle, Jonathan Butler, and Peter White.