The vintage jazz sound, only better. The evolution of the Otto Link.
Infused with the spirit of Dexter Gordon, the GAIA 2 tenor mouthpiece was built to outplay Theo’s very best new and vintage Otto Links. He succeeded! As the foremost expert in vintage mouthpieces, Theo has taken his extensive experience to make the vintage sound even better! The GAIA 2 is updated with far more core and body to sound, while maintaining the big warm traditional sound the GAIA is known for! Robert Martin, who was Frank Zappa‘s saxophonist for 20 years had this to say about the GAIA 2:
“Just – wow! Theo, you nailed The GAIA 2 Tenor Mouthpiece! Everything I loved about the original GAIA is still there, along with a vast new playground of expressive possibilities to explore. It’s still round and warm, yet so easy to get just the right amount of grit and bite if you want it. It has an immediacy in the response everywhere on the horn. Every pitch seems to center and speak instantly, making fast runs sound amazingly clean and precise. Theo, how did you do that? Furthermore, if Dexter Gordon were with us today, I bet he’d be playing a Theo Wanne™ GAIA 2!” – Robert Martin (Frank Zappa for 20 years)
The GAIA 2 tends towards a traditional Jazz taste, but is quite versatile, as it is also played by Karl Denson touring with the Rolling Stones, and by Leon Silva on Ariana Grande’s song ‘Problem’. Hear the song ‘HERE’. , and Ian Hendrickson-Smith with Ed Sheeron. The GAIA 2 has a medium roll-over baffle, precision-sculpted inner sidewalls, and our True Large Chamber for a simply huge and alive vintage sound.
The GAIA 2’s True Large Chamber is very much like the vintage mouthpieces of the 1940s but the design has been further evolved, both in design and with our leading manufacturing technologies.
Take a look at our baffles, tip rails, side rails, and interior design. We show you pictures of these for a reason. Because they are manufactured with an accuracy higher than any other mouthpiece ever made, vintage or new!
“Having tried many types of mouthpieces over the years, Theo Wanne products embody all the great qualities; tone, projection and color. His mouthpieces are one of kind.” – Dwayne Dugger (currently with Bruno Mars; recorded Uptown Funk on the GAIA)
- Built to outplay Theo’s very best Vintage Florida Otto Link. Theo succeeded!!!
- Inspired by the genius of Dexter Gordon.
- 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 on metal mouthpiece.
- 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.
“The mouthpieces are one of kind. Having tried many types of mouthpieces of the years, Theo Wanne products embody all the great qualities of a great piece; tone, projection and color.” – Dwayne Dugger (Bruno Mars’ Hooligans)
“I LOVE both my GAIA 7* tenor mouthpieces. They are very even from top to bottom, nicely in tune, and get me just the sound I love.” – Lew Del Gatto (Eric Clapton, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Liza Minelli, Buddy Rich, Tony Bennett, Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Johnny Carson Tonight Show Band)
“Just – wow! Theo, you nailed The GAIA 2 Tenor! Everything I loved about the original Gaia is still there, along with a vast new playground of expressive possibilities to explore, thanks to the richer, more complex harmonic content in the tone. The blend between the core of the sound and the “buzz factor,” the upper partials, is beautifully balanced. It’s still round and warm, and so easy now to get just the right amount of grit and bite if you want it. The other thing I noticed right off the bat is an immediacy in the response everywhere on the horn. Every pitch seems to center and speak instantly, making fast runs sound amazingly clean and precise. Theo, how did you do that?” – Robert Martin (Frank Zappa for 20 years)
“First of all, it’s hard rubber. Hard + Rubber in my book is a winning combination! Secondly, no other mouthpiece can perform consistently in so many varied settings. Whether it be an outdoor festival, intimate club, or hot tub, Theo Wanne delivers. Being undead creates harsh conditions for gear, but this mouthpiece has withstood not only the sweaty funk of three thousand years, but endless amounts of lubrication and ketchup.” – The Flu (Here come the Mummies)
“The GAIA is a unique blend of warmth and brilliance all in one mouthpiece. It plays very evenly throughout the entire range of the horn, from top to bottom. The presentation of these mouthpieces is quite outstanding as well, but they don’t just look great, they play great too! Thanks again Theo!” – Col Loughnan (Frank Sinatra, the Toshiko Tabakin Orchestra, Sammy Davis Jr.)
“I have not played a tenor mouthpiece better than the GAIA tenor. I have more freedom and flexibility, and the evenness and clarity in all registers is just amazing! The notes are fluid and just pop out with less effort. I don’t have to concentrate on the mouthpiece. I am thrilled to have a more refined sound that is still ‘me’. The intonation is great and I can play hard and soft as I like. It takes all the air I want to give it. The GAIA is fabulous! ” – Greg Abate (Rhode Island Hall of Fame)
“I have been loving the new GAIA tenor mouthpiece. I’m currently on tour with it, in Bergen Norway now for the festival there, before this in Rome, etc. (touring with the Philip Glass Ensemble.) The mouthpiece plays fantastically well, with a wide range of tonal colors and expressive possibilities. I can’t wait to start each day and play the horn.” – Andrew Sterman (Philip Glass)
“Ever since I started playing on my Gaia, I’ve felt a very significant gain in control and resonance through my instrument in a way I’ve never felt with any other mouthpiece. I don’t feel like I need to go out and buy another piece after a few months and that is very comforting! Every time I pick up my horn, I feel so happy to be playing my Theo Wanne mouthpiece. “ – Ryan Stigmon (Stig)
“I honestly believe there are no better mouthpieces available.” – Andreas Pompe
“The Gaia is so much more than a Florida link.” – Chris West
“The GAIA 7* is killing, and is now my main mouthpiece! Just Beautiful!!! Congratulations!!! It’s really dark and jazzy with edge, and it’s totally even over the whole horn. Also, almost all my reed’s work on it! No more bad reeds!” – Tony Lakatos
“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
“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
“You haven’t scored a home run with the New AMBIKA and GAIA you’ve hit a grand slam! I am totally blown away by them. Both the new AMBIKA and the GAIA seriously kick! It’s time I start selling off my quit large collection of mouthpieces. The GAIA is like having the response of a Morgan, with the beef of a link.” – Doug Moffet
“The GAIA is the best mouthpiece I’ve ever played. Period! I played it on the show tonight, and it feels great, sounds awesome and is super fat sound in the palm keys! It is just a tad darker than my AMMA; I love it! Front of the house guys noticed right away!! Thanks again and if you guys are ever in Vegas, come see Zumanity!! I’ll be playing a GAIA!!” – Jean-F
“The Gaia is finally here! And it is so very sweet and Dexterish!:) Thanks!” – Shuki
“I just bought one of yours GAIA – I could not resist because it was just such an excellent Player. Please stop creating/developing more MPC – it is getting too expensive for me!!! – No, just kidding – great job, I am waiting for the next one!” – Johann
“The Gaia 7* is an amazing mouthpiece, and I’ve just about tried everything out there… I’ve now been playing it day and night!!! It just plays about any reed; it’s super reed friendly. Stick a log on it and it sounds good!!!” – Yves B
“Waouh, it’s exactly the sound I want: fat and husky but with core. I can blow without thinking about my sound because I know it is already just what I want”. – Oliver R
“The Theo Wanne GAIA mouthpiece really is the best mouthpiece I have ever tried. End of story! It is supposed to be a much better replica of a classic Florida Otto Link and…IT IS! Man, it sounds really great and is totally worth the money (which is not little). THANK YOU!” – Maurizio Giammarco
“The Gaia 8 blew me away, I don’t see how anything else could be better!” – David Horniblow
“The GAIA is a masterpiece! It is a very versatile mouthpiece with that vintage vibe. I can get big full sound out of it and this is the best mouthpiece I’ve ever played.” – Anatoliy (Tolly) Vyacheslavov
“The GAIA is so great, that I dont want to stop playing.It feels that i will play this for the rest of my life.Thank you so much for it.” – D bastian
“The GAIA is all I was hoping for and more! Easy blowing, dark but with enough edge, just like I wanted it. It blew away my old now-feeling-stuffy Tone Master I’ve been playing. I couldn’t be happier with it:)” – Carlos
“I find it hard to describe what this piece has done for my sound. After exhaustive trials with countless mouthpieces, I found the GAIA. I initially had no expectations of keeping the GAIA based on the price, but I was curious to see if the price was justifiable. One word describes what I found: ABSOLUTELY! The design and craftsmanship are absolutely un-matched. Rails are even, the table is completely flat, the baffle is smooth and beautifully crafted. This is what comes when you get a top quality piece. Second, the sound. Oh….the sound. Big, fat, round tone. But it does not stop there. What has amazed me the most with this piece is the versatility. I can go from playing “‘Round Midnight” in a mellow sub-tone sound to wailing out the horn lines of Stevie Wonder’s “Superstitious” with just a bit more air. The mouthpiece is very free-blowing. The response with this piece is just as huge as the sound. My “Ah Ha!” moment as I call it came when I started noticing that my inflections and my “feeling” of the music almost felt like it was sub-consciously transmitted through the mouthpiece and into the horn. I have always played the same way, but have never had a piece react so perfectly to my style. In closing, I will admit that this just might be the fit for my playing style, but I will strongly recommend that any serious player, or anyone working on becoming a regular performer, give this or any of the Theo Wanne pieces a try. I did just for the heck of it, and now will spend the rest of my playing life using this mouthpiece.”
“My Gaia has a 7* tip opening and a lot of edge. The Gaia is perfect for ballads, blues, love songs, Jazz and Rock and Roll. It’s easy blowing from low B flat to high F sharp. So what do I think about it, I like it and I also like the ligature. I also have a Durga tip opening 8. So it’s a toss up, which mouthpiece will I blow. I usually blow the Gaia for a while then I blow the Durga for a while. And I have a Shiva on order, tip opening 8.” – William C
“I love my GAIA, Mr. Wanne! It’s truly the most perfect mouthpiece I’ve ever played.” – Michael Feher
“I just wanted to thank you for the utterly incredible mouthpiece that I’m playing on these days—a GAIA metal. I have nothing but positive things to say about its engineering, ergonomics, playability, versatility, and most importantly, tone. Thank you for making an incredible product that got me to make the switch. I actually ditched a refaced Link because it wasn’t nearly as consistent as the GAIA. Thank you for all that you do! The GAIA plays like a dream!” – Mike Feher
“The Gaia is amazing! And it is so very sweet and Dexterish!:) Thanks!” – Shuki
“Huge chamber, barely any baffle, altissimo for days. Love this piece!” – Dean Mongerio
“Finally just tried my GAIA 2. What a f’n KILLER!!” – Bryan V