I won this mouthpiece on ebay a few weeks ago. The seller had it listed as a link that Phil Barone had worked on but Phil contacted him and said it wasn’t his work. I bid on it because it looked a lot like other Jon Van Wie links I’ve owned in the past. It has the same baffle type in it and what looks to be the same epoxy that Jon Van Wie use to use. This piece is very powerful and focused. It cuts right through on loud R&B gigs. Although I don’t prefer it’s recorded sound as much as some others I have to admit this piece is the easiest for me to play. I felt like the piece just let me be free with what I wanted to play.
I can’t prove this is aJon Van Wie but it sure plays like the ones I’ve had before. Just to make it more mysterious I’ll add that the link box it came in has the initials “DG” on it. I’ve never seen a Guardala refaced link so I’ll just assume it’s Jon Van Wie’s work. Although, the initials made me wonder. This clip is of me playing some diminished exercises I’ve been working on for a new book.
Here’s another clip with a more bluesy feel to it. This piece is great for this. I’m not sure if the recording will do it justice. You can lay off the piece a bit and play some standards easy enough