This is the new AMMA mouthpiece being produced by Theo Wanne. A friend on SOTW generously offered to let me borrow his and try it out. When I opened the package the first thing I noticed was the quality of the mouthpiece. The tip, rails and baffle were perfect as well as the outside of the piece. The next thing I noticed was how big the chamber was. It’s the biggest I’ve seen. I thought it would be similar to my NY links but it’s even bigger.
I tried playing it the first night but could not find a good reed I went through about 10 Java 2 1/2 and 3 reeds which I usually love but couldn’t get one to feel comfortable on it. They were either too soft or too hard. This morning I tried a 2 1/2 V16 which I don’t usually like and it was perfect.
The piece blows differently than other pieces I have and at first I didn’t like it but after playing it for a little bit I started to like it a lot. I don’t feel totally at home with the piece because I’ve only played it for a couple of hours though. I’d be interested in it’s possibilities once I got the reed choice locked in and gotten use to it. It’s got a nice fat sound too it. I really like how the low notes come out on it. It would make a great straight ahead piece. I recorded a cut playing a laid back “All the Things You Are” and then another cut a bit louder and more R@Bish . I could play standards on this piece all day long. Well it’s off to the Post Office to send it back to the owner. Thanks Man. I appreciate you letting me play this one. Let me know what you think.
All The Things You Are
R&B type solo