Theo Wanne Wood Gaia Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece

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 wood version of the Gaia tenor saxophone mouthpiece. The Gaia is said to be a run at the florida link type concept.   It has a medium baffle that does indeed remind me of my florida links.  The difference hear is in the chamber. The Gaia looks to have a much larger chamber than the florida links I have owned.  It looks closer in size to my NY links.  This mouthpiece 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 but it was still easy to play.

Theo Wanne Wood Gaia Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece

  • Appearance:

Again, as with all Theo Wanne products, this mouthpiece looks great. This one is made out of a wood compound that is a mix of wood and resin.  It is advertised as never warping or cracking which is a great plus in my book. It  has the logo and “Gaia” engraved on it in gold as well as a gold band around the end of the shank.  It also comes with a gold “enlightened” ligature.   The rails and tip are perfect and even. The chamber and baffle look as good as it gets.

  • Tone:

The Gaia has a medium sound that is right in the middle of bright to dark.  I think it leans a little bit towards the bright side of things.  I found this mouthpiece to be vibrant and the tone was nice and thick sounding. The wood material seems to give it a little more textured sound that to me adds character to the tone.  At times i even felt like the tone was a little smokey sounding.   Up high the notes were full sounding as was the low end. The .110 tip opening felt a little too big for my tastes. I would have loved to try this in a .105 tip.

  • Intonation:

Intonation was great with this mouthpiece and within normal limits.

  • Control:

The Gaia was easy to play for me.   It played great down low and up into the altissimo and the tone was even up and down the horn.

  • Volume:

I could get nice and loud with this mouthpiece.  I’m not sure it would be my choice for a loud funk gig  but it does have a beautiful lush sound to it that would be perfect for some straight ahead gigs.  I did find it louder playing than the Ambika.

This is another great mouthpiece by Theo Wanne. For more information on the Gaia tenor sax mouthpiece visit www.theowanne.com .

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Steve Neff has been playing and teaching saxophone and jazz improvisation around the New England area for the last 25 years. He is the author of many effective jazz improvisation methods as well as founding the popular jazz video lesson site Neffmusic.com.

Comments

  1. compare wood with hard rubber,which one has more resistence in the same tip opening,

  2. For me i think the wood had a little more resistance. It might have just been a difference in the mouthpieces though more than the material.

  3. Where can I order a wooden tenor mouthpiece?

  4. Mark, In the review above, there is a link to Theo Wanne mouthpieces. You click on the link and it will take you to a site you can order from. Steve

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