AMBIKA Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece
AMBIKA TENOR MOUTHPIECE
The AMBIKA is our darkest mouthpiece. It has a deep, hauntingly gorgeous tone that only poetry can describe.
"The AMBIKA is great to play on in classic jazz ,hard bop, modern jazz and also electro-acoustic music. I can play exactly what I hear inside of me with it!" - Doug Lawrence (Count Basie, Tony Bennett)
"The AMBIKA is the only mouthpiece I'll now use! I can approximate an ol' school Coleman Hawkins/ Sam Butera sound AND a modern Michael Brecker/ Lenny Pickett sound by just adjusting my embouchure. The last thing you want to be thinking about on stage is why you can't achieve the note or sound you desire because you are fighting with your mouthpiece. Theo's mouthpieces let me create without any distractions." - Karl Hunter (Big Bad Voodoo Daddy)
The AMBIKA has a HUGE True Large Chamber, no baffle, and rounded inner-side-walls. It has the full bodied sound of vintage 1940's mouthpieces, but will project enough to fill the room if needed. Click the pictures to hear the huge range of sound possible with the AMBIKA! The Chamber and Baffle are far more accurate than other vintage and new mouthpieces due to our superior machining, which means a better playing mouthpiece. The Metal AMBIKA is plated with 24K gold with Vintified Ligature. The Hard Rubber AMBIKA uses real vintage style hard rubber just like the vintage mouthpieces of the 1940s through 1960s. If you like the vintage sound, your will love the AMBIKA.
Built to outplay Theo's very best Vintage New York Tone Master and Master Link Otto Link. Theo succeeded!!!
A deep and haunting sound best left to poetry. Hauntingly dark!
Revolutionary in improving upon the true vintage sound!
Revolutionary Extra Large True Large Chamber, NO 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 AMBIKA uses the finest vintage style hard rubber on the planet!
Ligatures: The metal AMBIKA includes our integrated two-point contact Vintified™ Liberty Ligature and Alive Gold pressure plate. We recommend the Enlightened Ligature for the Hard Rubber AMBIKA. 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.
“Wow...that´s it!! No kidding: This mouthpiece is just fantastic: Very colorful, dark and fat even when it´s getting played soft, big, big low tones, the highs don´t get thin, absolutely perfect! The playability is great, the sound is really haunting, you didn´t promise too much!” – Joerg Kaufmann
"The Ambika tenor allowed me to tap into an extra level of expression that I didn't even know that I possessed." - Alex Milstead
"The AMBIKA 6* metal mouthpiece is great to play on in classic jazz ,hard bop,modern jazz and also electro acoustic music. It is easy to control and has fantastic dynamics when you push it. All the overtones are there. What a great classic jazz mouthpiece with vintage sound. I can play exactly what I hear inside of me with it!" - Doug Lawrence (Count Bassie, Tony Bennett)
"The AMBIKA is the only mouthpiece I'll now use! I really dig how the Ambikas make my tenor sound. They are open in the upper register but retain a warm sound. And the sound remains warm throughout the horn. Articulation is aided as well as the Ambika has a big centered sound. Altissimo notes are open a very easy to achieve and manipulate. Pitch is centered, especially in the palm keys, which can be problematic with some mouthpieces. I really like how versatile the Ambika piece is. I can approximate an ol' school Coleman Hawkins/ Sam Butera sound AND a modern Michael Brecker/ Lenny Pickett sound by just adjusting my embouchure. The last thing you want to be thinking about on stage is why you can't achieve the note or sound you desire because you are fighting with your mouthpiece. Theo's mouthpieces let me create without any distractions." - Karl Hunter (Big Bad Voodoo Daddy)
“You haven't scored a home run with the New AMBIKA, you've hit a grand slam! I am totally blown away. It's time I start selling off my quite large collection of mouthpieces.” -Doug Moffet
“The AMBIKA takes me to heaven every time I play the saxophone. I just can’t take this mouthpiece out of my mouth anymore! Thanx so much for your talent, vision and skills!” -Frank
“My first reaction was "Why ... this is haunting!" It truly has a distinct deepness that is lovely. Great lows that just flow out. Clear altissimo. Great intonation. Reed friendly. I can ‘feel’ the mouthpiece which allows me to control my tone and projection more. So ... looks like I have a keeper! Is it worth the $$$??? I sure could have saved a lot more than I have spent on the AMBIKA if I had found it sooner!” -William
“The AMBIKA produces the warmest, fullest sound I have gotten with any mouthpiece. Yes, even haunting. Intonation is there, it's easy to play and I don't have to struggle with the horn. I was able to lay back and just focus on what I was trying to do. The proof is in the sound.” -Joe
“Theo Wanne mouthpieces truly are THE new standard in tone production for the saxophone. I consider Theo a true genius at what he does, in that he has found a parallel approach at achieving a vintage sound--not by simply copying great mouthpieces, but rather studying the concepts of sound production and finding his own unique approach to producing a superior sound. Theo, thank you for your artistry and commitment to furthering our art, because we can’t do what we do otherwise. I just have to say what an honor it is to be able to be involved in the promotion of Theo Wanne mouthpieces.” -Mark Hynes
"I just played 10 hours and I still can't believe the Ambika. I feel like I am wrapped in a warm cocoon playing with my daughters in mind. It is my love for them which plays!!! -Oliver R.
“The AMBIKA has a beautiful Fat, Dark tone. Quite like Grossmans tone of the last 15 years. If you are looking for Lush, but still with power, then this is what you are after.....reminds me of the best BD Hollywood that I've ever played!!” -Simon
“I did initially have some trepidation about the price, but I am hugely pleased that I got it. It has a full rich dark tone (similar to the Otto Link NY) and is easy blowing. The lowest notes are particularly easy with this beautifully crafted mouthpiece." -Tony K
"I still can’t say too many good things about your AMBIKA mouthpiece. It has made playing my tenor such a joy. After receiving the AMBIKA my tenor is the only horn I have played. I started playing the tenor back in 1960 so you can figure out that I’m no youngster. I retired and became serious about playing again in 2007. I think every saxophone player has a sound in their head that they work to produce. I found my sound when I played your AMBIKA mouthpiece. Not only do I get the sound the ease at which I am able to produce each note amazes me. I have never played a finer mouthpiece".
"I'm writing just to say thanks for creating a Fantastic mouthpiece as the AMBIKA. I am blown away by how easy the mouthpiece plays in all the registers of my sax. And the intonation is great! Theo, Thanks for making my life as a sax player better!" - Carlos Serrano
"The AMBIKA's dark sound blew my mind and changed my whole idea of what a dark sound is!" - Tatsuya Sato
"The AMBIKA has changed my life!! Thanx guys!" - Omar Kabir
"During last 20 years I have tried a lot of saxophone mouthpieces such as the Slant Signature Otto Link , Florida Otto Link and modern handmade mouthpieces, but the best is the AMBIKA by Theo Wanne™. Theo Wanne™ mouthpieces sound and even look amazing! Thank you for your passion and fantastic work! It is a challenge to find such incredible products in the musical world of saxophone!" - Deniss Pashkevics
"Wow! I've been playing the AMBIKA and I love it more every day. Folks in my band the Rusty Prose all love the sound. The AMBIKA is mellow, like Lester Young with a beautiful tone, yet it is capable of rocking out with the Rolling Stones, Talking Heads, and Nirvana with the best of ‘em. Then when we do a beautiful John Lennon ballad, it just sings. Gosh I love it!!!!! I have my Masters degree on Clarinet from the UW and know a little bit about tone!!!!!" - Kathryn Pjetursdottir
Reggie Padilla on AMBIKA Tenor
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy 'Go Daddy O' on AMBIKA Tenor
Reggie Padilla 'Song for Abdullah' on AMBIKA Tenor
Reggie Padilla 'Theo Lookout' on AMBIKA Tenor
"The AMBIKA is reminiscent of the old Tone Master NY Otto Links used by old jazz legends like Ben Webster and Coleman Hawkins. In the past I had a Tone Master NY Link and I think the the AMBIKA’s tone is very similar. The sound is big and spread but at the same time you have the high overtones that make the sound more modern and versatile. The AMBIKA plays very even through the whole range. An aspect that I love of the mouthpiece is that the high range never looses volume and remains big and fat when you want to push and play loud." - Fabrizio D'Alisera (Video Review)
"The AMBIKA was a total experience. I was expecting it to be dull with little projection. To the contrary, it played with a tone a la the Texas Tenors of old. It had tremendous range and flexibility.” – Paul Harr Paul Haar (JazzTimes Magazine September 2009 Review)
Reggie Padilla AMBIKA Tenor Review 1 - "By far the best tenor mouthpiece I have ever played in my entire career!"
Reggie Padilla AMBIKA Tenor Review 2 - "The AMBIKA really is haunting as the description says. This is the best mouthpiece I have ever played!"
“You've hit a grand slam! I'm selling off my large collection of mouthpieces.” -Doug Moffet
“The AMBIKA takes me to heaven every time I play." -Frank
"Wow...that´s it!! The sound is really haunting!” – Joerg Kaufmann
"The warmest, fullest sound I have gotten with any mouthpiece.” -Joe
"I still can't believe it. I feel like I am wrapped in a warm cocoon..." -Oliver R.
"THE new standard in tone production. Theo is a true genius." - Mark Hynes
“Why...this is haunting! I sure could have saved a lot of $ had I found it sooner!” -William