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Buying a Piccolo    16:04 on Friday, November 11, 2011 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

waltpercy3613
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I'm a 9th grade flute player and next year I'm planning on marching piccolo next year. Can anyone tell me the best piccolo brands to buy and where to buy them? Are eBay or Google Shopping safe places to buy a new piccolo? I've heard that Gemeinhardt, Yamaha, and Emerson are good pic brands. Are they? Is it adviseable to buy a used piccolo? One of my friends bought a used pic and it is horrible and is never in tune. How much are new, good quality pics, usually? Also, my flute teacher says that playing pic will mess up my flute embouchure. Is this true? Any help here will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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Re: Buying a Piccolo    18:22 on Friday, November 11, 2011 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

Patrick
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you need to tell us your budget first

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Re: Buying a Piccolo    19:23 on Friday, November 11, 2011 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

waltpercy3613
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I'd like to get a piccolo that is reasonably priced for a good quality pic. Other than that, I don't really have a budget. I don't know what the standard price is for a good pic. What's typical? I don't think I want the most expensive pic because I'll be using it for marching band, but I definitely do NOT want a bad pic like the one my friend has. I still want something that will play nicely, be sturdy, and will last. Thanks for the help.

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Re: Buying a Piccolo    00:59 on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

michaelnguyenflu
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If you're gonna be using it for both marching season and concert season, take a look at the Pearl piccolo. Sadly I haven't gotten around to trying one of those out yet, but I've only heard stellar reviews about them. Have around $1000 to shell out. The Pearl picc has two headjoint styles available - straight or wave, and you get to pick between the two. Personally I prefer straight headjoints but that's just my opinion.

Otherwise, look into Jupiter, Emerson, Armstrong, and Yamaha. Gemeinhardt makes decent piccolos too but they're not quite "up there" to me.

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And if you get a piccolo that's not a Pearl, try to get one that's all plastic. They're always less shrill than metal piccolos for some reason.

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Re: Buying a Piccolo    19:42 on Wednesday, December 07, 2011 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

Plekto
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Gemeinhardt did make some really good high-end wooden models a decade or so ago, so you might also keep an eye out for one of these used. Of course, standard disclaimers apply with any new or used instrument. You need to try it out in person and have it gone over by a technician, of course. Doubly so if it's used or an ex-rental.

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Re: Buying a Piccolo    01:03 on Thursday, December 08, 2011 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

Trombi
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Perhaps an used piccolo could suit you.
I think that Nancy may have some:
http://www.flutestar.com/

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Re: Buying a Piccolo    13:49 on Friday, December 09, 2011 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

travel2165
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This ad currently on usedflutes.com:

Pearl Piccolo 105E MINT <fluteron@gmail.com> - Monterey, CA USA - Thursday, December 08, 2011

Pearl Grenaditte Piccolo with wave headjoint purchased Sept. 2011.
Used twice. Absolutely MINT MINT Condition.
Sells new for $1000. Selling this one $799 e-mail for pictures

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Re: Buying a Piccolo    17:55 on Friday, December 09, 2011 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

cflutist
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Hey I know Ron, I played in a Masterclass with him in July at Asilomar. He's legit.

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Re: Buying a Piccolo    17:00 on Wednesday, February 01, 2012 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

superrune424
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Powell Kingwood Piccolo

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Re: Buying a Piccolo    17:00 on Wednesday, February 01, 2012 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

superrune424
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If that is too expensive go with one of the grenadilla ones

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Re: Buying a Piccolo    08:10 on Thursday, February 02, 2012 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

someone337
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Marching with a Powell kingwood piccolo? Not the best of ideas, don't you think?

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Re: Buying a Piccolo    11:42 on Thursday, February 02, 2012 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

contra448
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I agree that marching with a good instrument is silly.
Why not buy a Yamaha 32 for marching & get a wooden head for indoor, static use?

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Re: Buying a Piccolo    15:15 on Saturday, February 04, 2012 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

superrune424
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Then get a cheap Yamaha. Their tone isn't the best but they are inexpensive and somewhat reliable. Good for marching.

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Re: Buying a Piccolo    21:53 on Monday, February 13, 2012 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

superrune424
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Yeah, I agree with Contra.

   

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