Theo Wanne NY Bros Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece Review

Today, I am reviewing another great saxophone mouthpiece made by Theo Wanne at TheoWanne.com.  Theo Wanne was one of the first sax mouthpiece makers to reach out to me and ask if I would be willing to do some reviews of his mouthpieces years ago.  I had heard his name for years as the guy to go to for mouthpiece work and when he started his own line of saxophone mouthpieces I had to try them out!   I have reviewed many of his sax mouthpieces on this site that you can find here.  Theo Wanne’s saxophone mouthpieces are innovative and some of the best playing sax mouthpieces on the market today.  He also has a ton of historical information about the history of saxophone mouthpieces on his website to check out also.

This review is on the NY Bros alto saxophone mouthpiece.  This NY Bros mouthpiece has a 6 tip opening which is a .076 tip opening.  It is modeled after the best vintage Meyer mouthpieces that Theo has encountered which is pretty cool!

Theo Wanne NY Bros Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece

Here’s a description from Theo Wanne’s website about the NY Bros alto saxophone mouthpiece:

The BRAND NEW Theo Wanne™ New York Bros Alto mouthpiece brings the best of the vintage alto mouthpiece world to the future!

Theo Wanne is the world’s foremost expert on vintage sax mouthpieces and he understands WHY a Meyer sounds great. So, Theo utilized the best design principles from decades of vintage Meyers to make the new Theo Wanne™ NY Bros alto mouthpiece.   It is the ultimate vintage Meyer.

Theo talks about the history of the Meyer mouthpiece and the NYBROS concept here! The NY Bros truly is designed with all the knowledge of what made the vintage models so great, only now made with an accuracy and consistency previously only dreamed of.

You also asked for Theo Wanne™ quality and design at a very friendly price everyone could afford. So we did that too!!!

SOUND 

  • Versatile! Great for all styles including Jazz, Rock & Roll and even classical.
  • The most expressive traditional Meyer sound you’ve ever heard!

DESIGN

  • Perfectly sculpted medium chamber and roll-over baffle.
  • Crafted to the highest accuracy in the history of Meyer style mouthpieces; perfect side and tip rails!
  • Designed by Theo Wanne, the foremost expert on the design and manufacturing of vintage mouthpieces.   Incorporating the best features of every Meyer vintage, from the 1940’s to present.

DETAILS

  • Premium Harry Hartmann Fiberrod™: Manufactured with a special formulation of Harry Hartmann Fiberrod™, made especially for Theo Wanne™, to sound and look just like vintage hard rubber but does not discolor and smell like hard rubber when exposed to heat and the sun.

 

Theo Wanne NY Bros Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece

The table, rails, tip and baffle look smooth, even and perfectly crafted.  The chamber looks about the size of a medium sized Meyer chamber.  The baffle is a rollover baffle that then angles down into the chamber where is finally stops at the back of the chamber.  The rollover baffle looks moderate to my eyes so I categorized it as a medium baffle here on the site   The sidewalls look straight to me.  The inside of the chamber is smooth and flawless.

The NY Bros mouthpiece is made of Harry Hartmann Fiberrod.  I haven’t heard of this material before but it looks and feels similar to hard rubber to me.  According to the info on Theo’s website, it doesn’t have that nasty hard rubber smell that hard rubber can get which is nice if that bothers you.

Theo Wanne NY Bros Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece

Like the Theo Wanne Slant 2, I tried a number of reeds on this mouthpiece before I settled on the Rigotti Gold 3 medium reed which is without a doubt the best reed possible for me on this mouthpiece.  I say that very rarely but I honestly felt like the combination of this reed with this mouthpiece was the perfect amount of resistance coupled with control and power that I could possibly want. (I was very happy!!)

Theo Wanne NY Bros Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece

The NY Bros alto mouthpiece was very comfortable to play and felt similar to the profile of a Meyer mouthpiece.   The tone was crisp and clear with just the right amount of focus to it.  It does lean to the bright side of an alto sax tone for me but still has a richness and character to it that I loved.  I’m not talking Sanborn bright here of course, but more of a Cannonball or Phil Woods type of brightness. Crisp, vibrant and singing in my opinion. Think Phil Woods on “Musique Du Bois”………(Phil Woods played a NY Meyer so that’s a good comparison……)

Theo Wanne NY Bros Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece

The Theo Wanne NY Bros alto sax mouthpiece played smooth and evenly throughout the range of the horn.  The intonation was excellent.

In the first minute of the sound clip I am just playing something deep and thoughtful as part of my morning meditation. (Ok, there was no meditation but when I listened back I thought that’s what it sounded like…..Deep thoughts with Steve Neff kind of thing……) Personally, although the tone was brighter, I loved the richness and complexity of it.  The high palm key notes sounded light and sweet to me.

At 1:28 I play some bebop lines and it feels like it is a different sound and mouthpiece than the first minute of the clip in my opinion.  The NY Bros gives enough core and focus that when playing bebop it has a nice “pop” to the sound when tonguing and accenting different notes in bebop lines.

At the 3:30 minute I get a little a little more bluesy and funky with the sound for a little bit.  It goes into that genre well but I’m not sure it gets the edge that is needed for that style of music.  When I was listening back it still sounded sweet and “nice” to me. Although, I must admit that I wasn’t fully going for that vibe so it might just be me holding back a bit………

Theo Wanne NY Bros Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece

I really loved playing the Theo Wanne NY Bros alto saxophone mouthpiece.  I felt very comfortable on it once I put that Rigotti 3 medium reed on it.  This is one of those mouthpieces that I feel just kind of went where I wanted it to as I played.   I wasn’t fighting it, I felt relaxed and flowing if that makes sense.  Usually, I tend to like a darker sound a bit more on alto but I found the tone of the NY Bros to be complex and interesting enough that I couldn’t stop playing it. ( I recorded the sound clip and when I was done was surprised it was over 20 minutes long!  I cut it down to around 3 minutes as I know you all have things to do………)

If you like the sound of the Theo Wanne NY Bros alto sax mouthpiece, you can order one from Theo on his website at www.theowanne.com.   Tell him Steve sent you………….Great work Theo!!

Let me know what you think in the comments below and if you try a Theo Wanne NY Bros alto sax mouthpiece yourself please come back and let us know your own opinion also. Thanks, Steve

Theo Wanne NY Bros Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece

Disclosure: I received the mouthpiece mentioned above with two other mouthpieces in the hope that I would try them and perhaps review them on my blog. I will be allowed to keep one of the three mouthpieces received. Regardless, I only review mouthpieces that I enjoy playing and believe will be good for other saxophone players to try also.    Steve
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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. Jeff Schachinger says:

    Wow! That might be the best one I’ve heard here. Love it! I could listen to that all day. Nice complex tone. Very rich and engaging to my ears. I know tone is somewhat subjective and is in the ears of the listener, but mine love this one! I love the Rigotti reeds with this kind of piece and that does seem like a perfect match. To me, much more of a Woods type sound than the others. Thanks for the review Steve.

  2. I think I’m going to order one….
    Think about going to the 5 opening. Have you tried? Not easy to get Rigotti Reeds;-))
    Regards Georg

  3. Hello,
    I have played for three days now on that mouthpiece. I really love it. Rigotti works for me as well BUT I prefer the François Louis (which are made by Rigotti) to get more core. The Rigotti makes it rounder ….
    Thanks for the advice:-))
    Worth every penny! Perfect craftsmanship … I Think I’ll get a tip 5 too.

    Regards Georg

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