DURGA3 Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece
DURGA 3 ALTO MOUTHPIECE
The DURGA alto has a big, rich, and contemporary sound. It is both powerful and modern, but due to its unique chamber, it can also play amazing ballads.
It has a special version of our True Large Chamber which adds an Inverted-Power-Ring™, giving it the full sound inherent in our True Large Chamber AND extra power to cut through. The uniquely designed baffle transitions into the chamber with deeply rounded inner side walls.
Large chambers have been widely explored in the history of tenor mouthpieces, but very little has been done with alto mouthpieces, until now. Theo Wanne’s new True Large Chamber alto mouthpieces are breaking new ground, and opening up a whole new world for the alto saxophone.
The DURGA3 Alto is available in 24K gold plated brass, premium hard rubber, and our proprietary Blue A.R.T. material. The DURGA3 has a straight-step baffle, with a slight roll-over built in to give extra 'kick'. This helps match the normal 'ring' found in metal mouthpieces. Blue A.R.T. is a very special and expensive material which further increases vibration in your horn. Go Blue A.R.T. if you want the maximum performance from a 'hard rubber' style mouthpiece! In addition, Blue A.R.T. is safe for those with allergies and more stable. If you are in the sun or extensive heat hard rubber can oxidise and distort, however Blue A.R.T. will not.
The DURGA3 alto is now being used on tour with Ringo Starr (Warren Ham) and Prince (Adrian Crutchfield) as well as by such Jazz Superstars as Nelson Rangell!
Great for Jazz, R&B, and Rock & Roll.
Projects a sensual tone that is flirtatious and erotic. It makes everyone want to dance!
It is so unique; it really has to be played to be understood and believed.
Radical Inverted Power Ring™ and our True Large Chamber! Rounded inner side walls all the way to the tip. Uniquely shaped long step baffle.
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!
Premium Hard Rubber: The Hard Rubber DURGA3 uses the finest vintage style hard rubber on the planet!
- Blue A.R.T.: Proprietary Material never before used in saxophone mouthpieces, but even more responsive than hard rubber.
- Plating: Reticulated 24K Gold plating with Bright Nickel highlights (standard on metal mouthpieces), and Vintified (special order).
Ligature: The metal DURGA3 includes our integrated two-point contact Bright Nickel Liberty Ligature and Alive Gold pressure plate. We recommend the Enlightened Ligature for the Hard Rubber and Blue A.R.T. models. To truly individualize your sound, try our premium pressure plates, which fit all of our mouthpieces and ligatures!.
Cap: Patented Reed Replacer Cap. The most secure cap in the world.
Bite Pad: 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 DURGA alto sounds amazing and records SO well. I love the rich tone I get. You all rock! You and your pieces changed my life.” -Mike Parlett (Talented Productions Radio)
“BRAVO! The Theo Wanne alto mouthpieces have hit a home run! They REALLY are the best alto pieces that we have seen.” - Dave Kessler (Kessler & Sons Music Stores)
"I am truly in love with the Durga 3 Alto. It gives me the piercing tone of a metal mouthpiece with the rich feel of hard rubber. If you want to play with the big boys...You better have an answer!!!" - Antoine Night
"The Durga 3 is a fantastic mouthpiece. It's extremely comfortable and "easy" blowing as well as being the most powerful hard rubber piece I've ever played. It provides a huge amount of sonic range and flexibility that really helps inspire expressiveness and makes it great for many different playing situations from R and B and funk to jazz. I love playing on it." - Nelson Rangell
"The Durga Alto gold 7 is by far my favorite mouthpiece and the best I've ever played! Besides the physical beauty of it, I love how expressive it is. I can play soft, sweet and clean, and instantly turn it up to strong with edge. All the while being in total control of my tone and intonation. It's bright without being too thin, and gives me that contemporary sound I need to compete with louder instruments even when I'm playing in sub-tones." - Lebron Dennis
"Theo Wanne pieces give me a big sound but more importantly, it's still MY SOUND." - Adrian Crutchfield (Prince)
If you want to play with the big boys, Theo Wanne is the answer!!!" - Antoine
"The alto DURGA is more comfortable than a good pair of slippers (no time to get used is required), amazingly even and easy through all registers (altissimo surprisingly included), strongly powerful, bright and beautiful. Baffle, chamber and table are true masterpieces, and the Liberty ligature is very, very nice (the sound become incredibly more focused and compact just moving it one hole towards the beak. The leather pouch and the Reed Replacer cap are great and very beautiful, too. The best designed mouthpiece I've tried, including Guardalas and other mouthpieces! Thank you very much, Theo"
“The DURGA Alto - HOLY %^&*. YOU GOT IT. Man is it solid- and it does NOT have that metalish thing. Way cool; the DURGA alto is a badass. You're blowing my mind!” - Tim Price
"The DURGA alto is the best playing mouthpiece I've ever blown. I absolutely LOVE IT! I never expected to play something that can produce the exact sound I'm looking for at any volume or level of intensity and yet blow so easily. The craftsmanship, concept, everything... is unparalleled. Thank you so much!" - Ron Bertolet
"The DURGA alto may be the most pleasing mouthpiece for alto I've ever played." -Daniel
"All I have to say is WOW! The DURGA alto is the ultimate metal alto piece. My search is finally over!" -Eddie L.
Nelson Rangell - From Here. On the Theo Wanne™ DURGA 3 mouthpiece
Dominic Amato with The Bottom 40 - Englishman in NY by Sting
Nelson Rangell - Cherokee. On the Theo Wanne™ DURGA 3 mouthpiece
KOH Mr. Saxman - My Sweet Home (The Visitor)
Nelson Rangell - Another Way
Nelson Rangell - A Night in Tunisia
KOH Mr. Saxman - MY HEART (Live)
Nelson Rangell - Matters of the Heart
McGill Music Sax School: Durga Alto Review
Matkat Mouthpiece Review: Theo Wanne Durga Alto #8
"A must buy! I purchased the Durga 9 in September of 2013. I used to pay on a Peter Ponzol M2 .90 for years. I just wanted another MP with a little more kick. From the first note I played on the Durga I fell in love with the sound and power. The Durga has a nice bright (Not too bright/thin), full, and refined sound to it. I use Bari Star Synthetic reed (Soft). This setup gives me a nice edge. When I want to bring down the edge a little, I use a Fibercell (3). If you think this MP is a little on the expensive side, don't worry it is well worth the price tag. I have the control I have always wanted plus the power. I have never had any problems with the Durga 9. The Durga is an AWESOME MP!!!" - Monty (WWBW Review)
"Best Mouthpiece I've Owned! I have been using the Theo Wanne Durga 8 alto saxophone mouthpiece for about two years now. I have tested out many other mouthpieces but this one is hands down the best mouthpiece I have ever used. I play many different genres such as pop, gospel, RnB, funk, jazz and fusion. I was looking for a mouthpiece that was bright enough to pierce through and sit on top of the band during high-energy performances; this mouthpiece definitely gave me this ability. The mouthpiece is so versatile that I can even tone it down to use for small jazz gigs. I love the tone I am able to get from it and the control is amazing. I can go from a dark smooth sound to an explosive edgy sound in seconds, with little to no effort. It?s such a versatile mouthpiece and really makes my work easy as a player." - Gianluca Gibbons (WWBW Review)
"Wow, is all I can say about this mouthpiece! It's all I ever wanted in an alto mouthpiece. It's got depth with plenty of edge and brightness! The response is immediate. I can actually use this piece for any style but particularly rock, jazz and blues. I highly recommend this mouthpiece for any professional player in these genres!" - Warren Ham (Ringo Starr, Olivia Newton John) (WWBW Review)
"Theo Wanne has long been at the cutting edge of sax mouthpiece and sound development. This Durga Gold Metal Alto Sax Mouthpiece is by far one of his best attempts for today's demanding needs. It has a strong, powerful sound and can definitely be played in many settings. He now has a Durga 2 and Durga 3 models which he has put out there for an alternative point of view. These mouthpieces rank high by today's standards and should be played to be believed. These mouthpieces can do it all. Why not play the best!" - Jimmy Haag (WWBW Review)
“Wow! It's all I ever wanted in an alto mouthpiece." - Warren Ham (Ringo Starr)
"The best playing mouthpiece I've ever blown." -Ron Bertolet
"The DURGA may be the most pleasing mouthpiece I've ever played." -Daniel
"The ultimate metal alto piece." -Eddie L
"You and your pieces changed my life.” -Mike Parlett
"Think this MP is expensive? Don't worry, it is well worth the price tag. It is AWESOME!!! - Monty
"Best Mouthpiece I've Owned!" - Gianluca Gibbons
"Should be played to be believed." - Jimmy Haag