Here’s another Theo Wanne tenor saxophone mouthpiece for you to check out. I just received a ton of these and I’m working my way through them as you might have noticed. This is a hard rubber version of the Ambika mouthpiece. The Ambika is on the darker side of the tone spectrum. It has a lower baffle than the Gaia. This is a .110 tip opening. I was hoping for a .105 tip as that is what I liked the best when I tried the metal Gaia out. This tip feels a little larger than I normally like……………………….
Theo Wanne Ambika Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece
Again, as with all Theo Wanne products, this mouthpiece looks great. This one is made out of hard rubber and has the logo and “Ambika” engraved on it in gold. The band around the shank looks to be a black metal. Even the ligature it comes with is black. It looks appropriate for a dark sounding mouthpiece. The rails and tip are perfect and even. The chamber and baffle look as good as it gets.
The Ambika has a darker sound then the other Theo Wanne mouthpiece I have tried. Sometimes a darker tone can sound almost dead but I found this mouthpiece very vibrant and the tone nice and thick sounding. Up high the notes were full and round but still darker sounding than many other mouthpieces I have tried. The .110 tip opening felt a little too big for my tastes. I would have loved to try this in a .105 tip.
Intonation was great with this mouthpiece and within normal limits.
The Ambika was easy to play for me although I tend to like a mouthpiece that sounds a bit brighter (It might be because of my hearing loss over the years……….) It played great down low and up into the altissimo and the tone was even up and down the horn.
I could get nice and loud with this mouthpiece although because of the darker nature of the tone I think a mouthpiece like this would get lost in the mix of a rock or pop gig. That’s not it’s thing. I could easily imagine playing this on a jazz trio gig and filling up the room with a nice lush sound.
This is another great mouthpiece by Theo Wanne. For more information on the Ambika tenor sax mouthpiece visit www.theowanne.com .