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Theo Wanne

Ron Halloway
Ron Holloway playing the Theo Wanne MANTRA tenor sax and SHIVA DESTROYER mouthpiece.

Theo Wanne Mouthpieces
  • 1980 – From 1980 to 1986, Wanne was an apprentice of Joel Jensen of Da Da Bicycles in Bellingham, WA. He designed and built custom professional bicycle frames by hand. Here he developed his metal working skills.
  • 1987 – Theo attended Macalester College for a year, where he studied music composition. He then travelled to Thailand, staying in a Buddhist monastery, and studied meditation in India. Upon his return to the USA, he studied saxophone at California Institute of the Arts.
  • 1987 – Theo bought and sold vintage saxophone mouthpieces, and had a refacing service. He also studied the history and repair of saxophone mouthpieces with the help of Randy Jones of Tenor Madness in Iowa, and Bob Carpenter from Seattle, WA.
  • 1997 -Theo graduated from the Naropa Institute, completing a BA in Musical Improvisation.
  • 1998 – In 1998, Wanne relocated to Philadelphia, PA and repaired musical instruments with master repairman, Bret Gustafson of Gustafson Music.
  • 1999 – Saxophone Mouthpiece, Heaven opened selling vintage mouthpieces, and sharing an extensive amount of information on mouthpiece history and design.
  • 2007 – Theo started Wanne, Inc. (DBA of Theo Wanne™ Classic Mouthpieces) with his brother Tom Wanne. Saxophone Mouthpiece Heaven became inactive; however, its extensive resource materials was switched to his current website. The first production mouthpiece the AMMA, was released. He has five patents/patents pending including a manufacturing patent to make the complex interiors of his mouthpieces.
  • 2008 – The KALI and PARVATI mouthpieces released.
  • 2009 – The DURGA and GAIA mouthpieces released. The PARVATI is no longer made.
  • 2011 – AMBIKA Tenor Mouthpiece Released.
  • 2013 – Tom Wanne left Wanne Inc. to pursue other business opportunities; Theo runs company alone.
  • 2012 – The MANTRA Tenor Saxophone, BRAHMA, DATTA, and MANTRA were released. The AMMA mouthpiece no longer made.
  • 2013 – The MANTRA Soprano Saxophone was released.
  • 2014 – Wanne moved his company to new facilities at 1221 Fraser Street,Suite E-2 , Bellingham WA. KALI, BRAHMA and DATTA mouthpieces no longer made. SHIVA tenor mouthpiece released.
  • 2015 – The Mindi Abair Signature alto, GAIA 2 soprano, alto and tenor, New York Bros alto, and Slant Sig tenor mouthpieces released.
  • 2016 – The MANTRA Fully Curved and Curved Neck soprano saxophones released. The AMBIKA 2, DURGA 3, SHIVA 2, and SLANT SIG 2 mouthpieces released.

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