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Our most powerful soprano mouthpiece. The small chamber maximized!

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Description

The SHIVA 3 ‘The Destroyer’ soprano mouthpiece has power, edge and projection AND a fullness of sound not found in any other small chamber soprano mouthpiece! 

Marion Meadows

The SHIVA 3 has been updated with Theo’s unique baffle design, and combines both a step and roll-over baffle.  It also has a small chamber akin to the vintage Selmer Soloist mouthpieces.  So if you like the Selmer, Otto Link, Meyer, etc soprano mouthpiece you will probably love this one. If you’ve been waiting for a small chamber Theo Wanne soprano mouthpiece, this is it!

The SHIVA power and body making it suitable for all music, from soft jazz to Rock n’ Roll.    Yet there is nothing ‘thin’ or ‘brittle’ about the sound, so it is also flexible for any type of music too.  Currently used by both Gerald Albright, Marion Meadows, Keyan Williams, and many others.  Special thanks to the great Keyan Williams for his help in designing this mouthpiece.

“The SHIVA soprano is unreal! Absolutely killin’. Its full of sound, with great response.  I love the feel of it!  It’s a winner!” – Gerald Albright (3 Grammy Nominations)

“I LOVE the Shiva! It is now my mouthpiece of choice!  Theo Wanne™ mouthpieces are the best mouthpieces in the world!” – Marion Meadows (12 Internationally Acclaimed Albums)

“OMG! It’s amazing! You’re a GENIUS! This is it for me, the SHIVA 3 soprano is the mouthpiece I was asking you to make. The sound is warm and beautiful but you can push it to get this amazing edgy tone. The diversity and dynamic range is something that I’ve never experienced before in a Soprano mouthpiece. I’ve already played jazz and classical with it and it sounds amazing. This soprano mouthpiece is by far your best work. Yeaaaa we did it!” – Keyan Williams

The SHIVA 3 Soprano is available in 24K gold plated brass and premium premium hard rubber.  Like all Theo Wanne™ products, the SHIVA 3 is made using state-of-the-art design and manufacturing technologies. You will receive the most consistent and highest quality mouthpiece available in history.

SOUND

  • Great for Jazz, R&B, Rock & Roll, and even soft music when a soft-sweet tone with clarity is wanted.
  • Projects a sensual tone that is flirtatious and erotic. It makes everyone want to dance!
  • It is so unique; it really has to be played to be understood and believed.

DESIGN

  • Small Chamber like the vintage Selmer Soloist with a uniquely shaped long step 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.

DETAILS

  • Case: Beautiful Leatherette Case! Like the case?  See our other mouthpiece and reed cases here!
  • Plating: Reticulated 24K Gold plating.
  • Premium Hard Rubber: Our Hard Rubber is the finest vintage style hard rubber on the planet!
  • Ligature: The metal DURGA includes our integrated two-point contact Gold Liberty Ligature and Alive Gold pressure plate. We recommend the Enlightened Ligature for the Hard Rubber and Blue A.R.T. models. 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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The story of this mouthpiece is rather fun!

For many years, one of our great endorsers, Keyan Williams, drove me crazy, as he love all our mouthpieces….EXCEPT our soprano mouthpieces.   He just couldn’t get into the large chamber design on soprano and that, for him, his custom made small chamber soprano mouthpiece still was his favorite soprano mouthpiece.  He would tease me about this every-time I saw him.

I was determined to make a mouthpiece he loved, both because I wanted to have a small chamber soprano mouthpiece in my line-up and to simply stop Keyan’s incessant teasing.  After all, I saw him every year at the NAMM show in LA, and the topic would ‘somehow’ always arise.  ha ha ha.   Being the great guy he is, Keyan eventually agreed to lend me his favorite mouthpiece to study.   Indeed it was a great mouthpiece, having the vintage Selmer vibe, but a bit also with a bit more projection.    And so started a year long study into small chamber soprano mouthpiece design.  I sent mouthpieces to Keyan to try, and then get his feedback.  When I finally came up with a unique design Keyan preferred to his previously favorite soprano mouthpiece, the SHIVA 2 soprano mouthpiece was born.

I am always looking to improve designs, no matter how good they are.  And after coming out with the GAIA 3 tenor mouthpiece, I had learned a lot of new design concepts.    So I decided to further improve the SHIVA 2 and make the SHIVA 3 soprano mouthpiece.   I have grown to trust Keyan’s feedback, after all, for years he refused to play on my soprano mouthpieces, so I was happy when Keyan agreed to further test the new SHIVA 3 soprano mouthpiece.   🙂

After receiving the SHIVA 3, below are the comments he gave me…and I now feel comfortable releasing it for all of you to try too!

“OMG! It’s amazing! You’re a GENIUS! This is it for me, the SHIVA 3 soprano is the mouthpiece I was always asking you to make. I know we have been working hard to find the mouthpiece to move me and you did it. The sound is warm and beautiful but you can push it to get this amazing edgy tone. The diversity and dynamic range is something that I’ve never experienced before in a Soprano mouthpiece. The feel it is extremely natural and it plays effortlessly. I’ve already played jazz and classical with it and it sounds amazing. This soprano mouthpiece is by far your best work. Yeaaaa we did it!” – Keyan Williams

“I LOVE the Shiva! It is now my mouthpiece of choice!  Theo Wanne™ mouthpieces are the best mouthpieces in the world!” – Marion Meadows (12 Internationally Acclaimed Albums)

“The SHIVA soprano is unreal! Absolutely killin’. Its full of sound, with great response.  I love the feel of it!  It’s a winner!” – Gerald Albright (3 Grammy Nominations)

“Man, the Shiva soprano is a $%^&*!!!  Kudos to Theo on this creation! She screams all the way up into the altissimo register!  Wonderful!!!” – Mark Fox (Best of 2016 album award)

“Jazz music is a conversation. It’s Call and response as well as pure expression in true improvised New Orleans music. The music is the wave, you’re the surfer and the horn is the surfboard. We are all trying to catch that perfect wave every night.  I don’t want to think about my gear and I don’t want it to interfere with the process. I want it to perform like a locked in bass player where you just know is going to be in the pocket and it leaves me free to do my thing. The Shiva 9 on my soprano does just that.” – William Bua