Theo Wanne MANTRA Tenor Saxophone
Theo Wanne’s passion for creating great musical products, combined with superior technology, has resulted in an icredibly advanced and innovative saxophone. Theo learned from the very best vintage horns and then applied that knowledge to modern manufacturing technologies. ‘The Mantra’ saxophone is the next leap in saxophone evolution, integrating 30 different saxophone innovations.
The new and revolutionary Theo WanneTM saxophone is called, ‘The Mantra’. A mantra is: a sound, or group of sounds, that leads the speaker to freedom, and the feeling of freedom and full self-expression is what the Mantra saxophone and its amazing innovations are designed to produce.
Just like with saxophone mouthpieces, Theo Wanne has owned and studied every type of vintage and new saxophone. He has combined the huge and beautiful sound of the vintage horns (such as his favorite Conn Chu and Selmer Mark VI saxophones) with the intonation and playability of modern horns. Theo has then applied innovative thinking and advanced technology to create a superior saxophone.
The saxophone neck is the most crucial part of a horn’s sound and soul. Theo has applied revolutionary new concepts to his patent-pending design that have proven to be a quantum leap forward in neck design. His completely redesigned neck tube has nothing soldered to it except at the octave pip, which must be there anyway. It has no keys, guides, or braces soldered to the tube to dampen the neck's resonance. The octave key rides on cartridge ball bearings, and is completely isolated from the neck tube and brace.
The bell-to-body brace is designed to be far stronger than a traditional brace while allowing for previously unheard of vibrational freedom. The new brace also replaces the traditional “pants guard” in protecting the lower stack keys.
The low C and B/Bb key-guard felts are in-line with the key arms, assuring the key-cups stay in flat and in adjustment during use. The entire interior of the horn and neck has a reticulated finish creating a boundary layer of air. The air-stream is more efficient in the same way a dimpled golf ball travels further than a smooth one.
The list of 30 innovations is far more extensive than any other saxophone made today. Just like with his mouthpieces, Theo has successfully married the beauty of the old with the precision of the new.
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