Category: Misc. Reviews

Drake Ceramic Instruments

Drake Ceramic InstrumentsInventor, craftsman and professional musician Aaron Drake has recently released a new line of saxophone and clarinet mouthpieces and accessories. The Ceramic Custom, Vintage Resin and Ceramic Chamber saxophone mouthpieces all share a common ingredient – ceramics.

At first glance, one might think that a ceramic mouthpiece would be brittle and prone to chipping and breakage. Upon further investigation, it is clear that these mouthpieces are quite sturdy and only partly made of ceramics.

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DURGA by Theo Wanne Classic Mouthpieces

Theo Wanne recently released his newest mouthpiece DURGA from Theo Wanne Classic Mouthpieces. According to theowanne.com, “The DURGA is the culmination of many years of research and testing…No longer do we, as saxophonists, have to suffer with a thin and nasal sound in order to get huge power and projection. The DURGA is at once, powerful and hugely projecting and fat, warm, and huge! The combination is just downright sexy!“

This new Wanne endeavor, run by Theo and brother Tom, replaced MouthpieceHeaven.com a couple years ago.  The original website and shop was a haven for vintage mouthpiece connoisseurs and players seeking quality refacing on pieces of any kind. I was also a customer when Theo’s shop was located in Philadelphia. It is worth noting that the majority of the pieces I play on today all have had Theo’s touch applied to them.

No less than five mouthpieces complete the current line of Theo Wanne Classic Mouthpieces. AMMA was the flagship model released some two years ago. PARVATI and KALI followed last year and now AMBIKA and DURGA have been “unleashed.”

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