Our classic jazz mouthpiece. Like a Meyer, but better!
The GAIA 2 alto is designed with the classic Meyer design in mind. HOWEVER no limitations were put on the design, so it simply does everything better! It has an optimized classic baffle and includes our True Large Chamber so get’s a breadth of sound surpassing all the Meyer clones on the market. Once you spend some time on it, you will find a dynamic range and flexibility not possible in other mouthpieces.
“The GAIA alto is the answer to a saxophonist’s dream! Over my sixty years of performing in either recording studios, or performing live concerts, I can finally do it all with one mouthpiece instead of carrying several pieces around. The only mouthpiece I’ve played in seven decades with EVERYTHING! Without any question, it’s a ‘sonic miracle!'” – George Young (John Lennon, Rolling Stones, Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Sinatra, Madonna)
Large chambers have been widely explored in the history of tenor mouthpieces, but very little has been done with alto mouthpieces. The GAIA 2 Alto mouthpiece opens up a whole new world for the alto saxophone. Not only is the DESIGN revolutionary, but it uses our state of the art manufacturing and premium materials so that design is made right! The GAIA 2 has evolved from the GAIA 1 with an even more core and body to the sound.
Theo GAIA alto is available in premium hard rubber and in 24K gold plated brass. At first we were hesitant to make this mouthpiece in brass, however, due to popular demand we made a few and the brass version was a huge hit! Hear Ian Hendrickson-Smith with the tonight show band and Ed Sheeran playing on the metal version HERE!
- Outplays histories best traditional alto mouthpieces.
- Full, rich and fat traditional sound with a hint of edge.
- Includes our True Large Chamber! Rounded inner side walls all the way to the tip. Perfectly sculpted roll-over baffle.
- Crafted to the highest accuracy in the history of saxophone mouthpieces.
- Designed by Theo Wanne, the foremost expert on the design and manufacturing of vintage and new mouthpieces.
- Case: Beautiful Leatherette Case! Like the case? See our other Mouthpiece and Reed Cases here!
- Serial Number: Includes serial number showing care given to your mouthpiece.
- Plating: Reticulated 24K Gold plating with highlights on globe logo.
- Premium Hard Rubber: The Hard Rubber GAIA 2 uses the finest vintage style hard rubber on the planet!
- Ligature: The metal GAIA 2 includes our integrated two-point contact 24K Gold Plated Liberty Ligature and Alive Gold pressure plate. The Hard Rubber GAIA 2 includes the Enlightened Ligature, rated #1 ligature in the world. To truly individualize your sound, try our premium Pressure Plates, which fit all of our mouthpieces and ligatures!.
- Cap: Patented Reed Replacer Cap. The most secure cap in the world.
- Bite Pad: User Replaceable Bite Pads allow you to peel and stick on new bite pads. Try our varying hardness bite pads to personalize the feel.
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“I never thought I’d find anything better than my vintage metal Florida link but Theo has done it again and created a masterpiece that surpasses all my expectations. The metal Alto Gaia2 plays like an old soul but with modern sensibilities. The intonation is laser beam accurate, the response is incredibly fast and the range of sounds this mouthpiece can create is nothing short of astounding. From a full, fat tone to the power and edge needed to cut through a band–the Gaia2 metal can do anything I ask of it. It’s a complicated piece too–I find something new about it every time we meet. It has that indescribable magic or mojo… whatever you want to call it. Soul. Do yourself a favor and run, don’t walk to try one of these. The days of straining and fighting my set up are over. Thanks, Theo!!!” – Ian Hendrickson Smith (The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, Amy Winehouse)
“The GAIA is everything I have looked for in a piece. I have played on an early Babbitt Link for 30 years and the GAIA responds with less effort, the tone is more refined and clean, it has more punch and edge, and the intonation is more locked in and accurate than my Link. When I really lean on this piece, it really does bark! The altissimo, wow, much less effort! The notes up there really pop out with minimal effort. Theo’s attention to detail is phenomenal! Everything is absolutely perfect and symmetrical. All the machining on the inside is flawless. I am stoked! For me, it’s well worth the money and I am a [poor] full time musician, not a doctor or lawyer.” -Alastair Ingram (Alastair’s Sax Lessons)
“The GAIA 2 Alto is the atomic %^&* Meyer.” – Nelson Rangell (14 Internationally Acclaimed Albums)
“You haven’t scored a homerun with the GAIA, you’ve hit a grand slam! I am totally blown away by them. The GAIA is seriously kick! It’s time I start selling off my quit large collection of mouthpieces.” -Doug Moffet (Larry Carlton, Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, Take Six, Lou Rawls, Faith Hill, Garth Brooks)
“The GAIA is the answer to a saxophonist’s dream! The only mouthpiece I’ve played in seven decades with EVERYTHING! I’ve been playing the saxophone for almost seven decades now … have tried and performed on a multitude of all different types of mouthpieces but have never come upon such a mouthpiece that has everything in the “SOUND”, until I played Theo’s hard rubber GAIA alto mouthpiece. What a wonderful innovator he is! His mouthpieces provide better intonation, total evenness in one’s “SOUND” that covers the entire range of the instrument including the altissimo range. l also must include the fact that Theo’s mouthpieces include a palate that also provides the answer to a saxophonist’s dream by being able to use an unlimited amount of nuances when necessary. For example, I think that Johnny Hodges would have loved to be able to play on one of Theo’s mouthpieces! As far as mouthpieces are concerned for me, Theo’s are definitely “a home run with the bases loaded”! “THANK YOU” again and again, for all of the wonderful things that you’re doing for us and the MUSIC, in making our tasks as players so much easier. And, also for providing that extra enjoyment with our equipment as you continue to assist us in making the MUSIC … and making it “SOUND” better!! Although I play several woodwind instruments, I’ve played the alto saxophone for seventy two years. Over those many years, I’ve experienced many changes in the saxophone, especially the mouthpiece and it’s function, some good, and some not so good. This now brings us to today and the wonderful work and craftsmanship of Theo Wanne and his dedication to making the world a better place with his relentless creativity. Since I’ve had the opportunity and pleasure of playing Theo’s GAIA alto hard rubber alto mouthpiece, my whole universe of SOUNDS … be it Classical, Jazz, Pop or Rock MUSIC has been greatly enhanced. Over my sixty years of performing in either recording studios, or performing live concerts, I can finally do it all with one mouthpiece instead of carrying several pieces around with me to satisfy the demands of so many different styles and types of playing. Theo’s mouthpiece enables me to be that occasional chameleon when having to deliver the correct character musically on any given project. The GAIA alto generously gives me my voice, enabling me to forget about any equipment struggles, and just think about … and go for the MUSIC, in the moment. In addition Theo’s mouthpiece is reed friendly and enables me to produce full quality of SOUND whether I’m playing pianissimo or fortissimo and from the low Bb with evenness extending into the altissimo range of the instrument. Without any question, it’s a ‘sonic miracle’!” – George Young (John Lennon, Rolling Stones, Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Sinatra, Madonna)
“The sound of the GAIA is everything I ever dreamed of. The playability is perfect! It reminds me on one of the really good Florida Links, which have this “Dexter-thing”? A lot of core, fat, and dark sounding. When I push it, I can play funky too; a very versatile piece. The GAIA projects very good, the sound-quality is great in all registers and with all dynamics. This is the thing!!! The GAIA is my personal choice, and will be what I play and record on from now on.” -Joerg Kaufmann Review
“The GAIA pieces are awesome and working out beautifully. My long search for the perfect mouthpieces has ended. I can’t thank you enough for offering such great mouthpieces. You have truly inspired me to play as never before. I am playing Theo Wanne™ mouthpieces on all 3 of my saxophones. My wife told me to say “thank you from her also.” She is so glad that I am spending time playing and not looking for mouthpieces anymore.” – Anthony Rhyne
“The Gaia alto caused a crisis for me. It opened up so much more room for expression than I knew my horn was capable of. Every horn I have has a Wanne mouthpiece. I particularly think the Gaias are masterpieces. I can’t think of one, I certainly have not played one better…ever.” – Larry P. Rauson Jr
“Today I play on all my horns on Gaia Mouthpieces, thank you all for making this happen. It is a great help for my performance not to struggle with the mouthpiece! Excellent work! It’s like converting my feelings into sound. Thank you, Theo!” – Kostas Kirkizotis
The Intelligent Musician Blog GAIA Alto Review
“As soon as you open the box the Theo Wanne GAIA ships in, it is obvious that you are dealing with a premium product and complete package. The mouthpiece itself is an impressive object. The matte finish has a slight texture to it and the rubber color tends towards a deep dark brown rather than black like most hard rubber mouthpieces. The shank is reinforced by a gold colored ring with the words ‘THEO WANNE MOUTHPIECES’ stamped in. Unlike most hard rubber mouthpieces, the Theo Wanne GAIA features a built-in rubber patch which sits in a countersunk cavity on the beak. The side rails look flawless and perfectly straight. Although the exterior of the Theo Wanne GAIA looks stunning, peeking inside the piece was what I found the most interesting. The chamber is simply enormous. The long baffle gently slopes down through about 3/4 of the window where it abruptly dips into the chamber in a bullet shaped transition. The inner sidewalls are rounded like a standard Meyer although slightly shallower.”
Okay, so how does the GAIA play? Well, the first thing that made an impression on me is just how loud I could get on this mouthpiece without pushing particularly hard. I quickly wondered how far I would be able to take the GAIA and when I did push hard, I had to pause for a few seconds as I was literally baffled by how ridiculously loud I could play on this piece. The amazing thing is that, although it got brighter as I pushed, the tone kept its core and strong low end and mid frequencies harmonics. The GAIA not only allows producing more decibels effortlessly, but as you push more air and open up your throat, it starts ringing and resonating massively. When I was exploring the limits of the mouthpiece, my whole practice room was vibrating. Wow!” – The Diligent Musician Mouthpiece Roundup GAIA Alto Review
“This is another great mouthpiece by Theo Wanne: The chamber of the mouthpiece is what is unique to so many of Theo Wanne’s mouthpieces. It’s pretty large. The baffle and side rail just expand outward for the large chamber size. Theo’s website advertises that his mouthpiece are unique in that they have “true” large chambers. That, plus the amazing craftsmanship is what makes these mouthpieces play so well. Easy mouthpiece to control from the bottom to the top of the horn. I really enjoyed the GAIA Alto hard rubber a ton. Great Job Theo! ” – Neff Music – Blog – Steve Neff (Blog Review of GAIA Alto)