Flute World offers a wide range of brands of piccolo for sale for different player levels at great prices, including Yamaha, Powell, Lyric, Jupiter, Gemeinhardt, and more. Our selection includes a full range of piccolos, from the standard, intermediate, and professional models to the top-of-the-line custom, handcrafted pieces.
For beginners, the best student piccolo models are typically around the $400 to $600 price range and have good resale value. More expensive ones have more premium features. You can upgrade as you progress.
Marching bands and concert halls would have different requirements for the make of instruments, as is with other settings. For outdoor playing, metal and composite piccolos are best, as they are durable and weather-resistant. In contrast, wooden or composite piccolos are ideal indoors. They have better tonal quality than metal and blend well with other instruments.
The best student piccolo should be easy and comfortable to use as you are learning and durable so it can last. To avoid having problems in the future, invest in a high-quality model from a reputable brand.
What is a piccolo trombone The piccolo trombone is the smallest and highest pitched member of the trombone family. Rarely played, it is considered more a novelty than a serious instrument. There are very few brands: Schiller, Thein and Wessex. The lowest price found (as of March 2019) was $320. The best (and only) example of a piccolo trombone in performance is on this video (at 3:15).
The piccolo trombone is a B-flat non-transposing instrument. The theoretical range is from E4 to F7. However, the slide is too short to actually play in the longest positions (6-7) because of the tiny proportions of the instrument. To make the slide long enough would lower the range of the instrument. This is one of the primary reasons the instrument is generally regarded as a novelty by some.
There are three things missing from a piccolo trombone that are normally found on any other trombone. First, there is no tuning slide. There is also no slide lock on a piccolo trombone. Finally, there is no water key. To empty moisture from the slide, you remove the slide, shake out the water, and replace the slide. To see all this demonstrated, watch this video by Trent Hamilton. The size of the instrument and its physical limitations are explained by Trent.
Either way, you should consider your current skills to help choose an instrument that will meet your needs. For example, a beginner might want a metal headjoint because the lip plate can help you transition from the flute to the piccolo.
Another thing to determine is where you plan to play the piccolo. If you will be playing in a marching band or another outside scenario, I would recommend against getting a wood piccolo since the wood can crack.
The Gemeinhardt 4PMH is an excellent piccolo for students. It features a metal headphone with a plastic body. This is a common configuration for beginner piccolos to make it affordable and easy to play.
I could have included some professional piccolos in this piccolo buying guide. However, there are so many small differences between the various models. There can even be differences between two individual instruments that are the same model.
The GetzenEterna940 with four valves is the best entry level (i.e., lessexpensive) new picc available. Settle for no less than this. Manyfolks play the Getzens and are quite happy with them. They sell, foraround $1285 in silver (lists at 2150). They have a slightly largerbore (0.420 inch) than many and this seems to facilitate adapting tothe piccolo more quickly. However, almost everyone who has gone tothe expense of purchasingBlackburnleadpipes for them find the horns greatly improved by them. Theleadpipes cost about $190 each (one for A and one for B flat) and areavailable from Blackburn directly, Brasswind, Giardinelli, TulsaBand, etc.
For more money, Getzen also makes theCustom3916, which was formerly the piccolo trumpet developed for thediscontinued Canadian Brass line (and called the Eterna 916 for a fewyears), a long model, with a 0.451 inch bore, a Schilke knock-off,that sells for $1289 in lacquer and $1349 in silver according toBrasswind (listing at $2270 and $2395). The Custom has been improvedin its latest incarnation wtih a 4 inch copper bell (kind of like theSchilke beryllium bell which is standard on the P5-4), and a revisedmouthpipe and tuning bit. The horns are very nice horns, Iunderstand, but are priced near the Kanstul Custom Class. Used the916 or the 3916, though somewhat rare, would make a great buy.
TheSelmer(Paris) piccs, which once used to dominate the market, are stillmade. You can get them new from Giardinelli for about $2600 inlacquer, now with a clever thumb trigger that operates a third valveslide, but if I had that much money to spend on one, again, I'dprobably choose something different. They are the classic small boreshort model, but at the moment the fashion seems to be for thelonger, larger bore horns like the Schilke. The Selmer has a clearringing sound which does remain popular to this day, but theintonation is not as solid as with the Schilke. Nearly all of thoseclassic earlyMauriceAndre recordings are made on a Selmer. The Selmers, however, areavailable used in abundance at prices ranging from $700 to $900, andfor that money, they are the best horns, new or used, available formost folks and make a great first piccolo. I speak from experiencehere. Like the Getzens, the horn is also greatly improved by theBlackburnleadpipes. It is startling that such a difference could be madeby 3 or 4 inches of brass tubing.
The most popular professional piccolo is the SchilkeP5-4,which sells for around $2650 new. They are not discountedextensively. They are so much in demand that they are sometimes hardto find, or there is a wait, though stores which sell many Schilketrumpets usually have one in inventory. It is the benchmark at thispoint--the one to which others are compared. It's introduction in theearly 70's revolutionized piccolo trumpet playing. The P5-4 is theoverwhelming choice of professionals. The Schilke, and its clones,have larger bores (around 0.450 inch) and are often preferred fororchestral playing, as opposed to the smaller bored (around 0.413inch) Selmer-type horns which are often shown at best advantage insolo work. The larger bore helps the picc play more similarly to thelarger horns and makes the transition to picc easier.
I finally have had a chance to play for a while the KanstulCustomClass CCT 920 piccolo which has a larger bore (0.460 inch) eventhan the Schilke and plays very nicely indeed, especially for themoney. It is clearly one of the best values in piccolo trumpets.Street priced at under $1599 (in silver), some even prefer it to theconsiderably more expensive Schilke. It has a third valve ring, butno pinky ring, which many find unfortunate.
Kanstul also makes theSignatureZKT 1520 piccolo, with separate bells, slides and leadpipes forthe key of A, key of B Flat, and key of G. Trumpet Lego, almost. Itis priced at $2150, plus $100 for the case (which is necessary tokeep all the little parts organized), but represents a seriousalternative at the high end, and provides the player a solid piccolotrumpet with many options for transposition. The 1520 has a firstvalve trigger and third valve ring. Unlike the Custom Class, it has apinkie ring. At this point, the Signature collection includes alsotheZKT1521 and1522,which come with one and two bells respectively and which representthe same horn as the ZKT 1520, but without some of the options.
Towardsthe end of his career, Maurice Andre endorsedStomvi piccolo trumpets,made in Spain. For a while in the late 90s, they were sleepersbecause they were very high quality copies of the Schilke P5-4, butsold for a reasonable price. Lately the horns have become moreexpensive, the equal in price of Schilke and Kanstul, and interesthas diminished, though they remain of very high quality construction,and very popular with a small group of enthusiasts. The StomviElitesells for around $2150, and theMaster,a bit over $2650. The Master has the unique feature of a screw belldesign and comes with a gold plated yellow brass bell and a sterlingsilver bell. An optional ($600) bell is made of wood (pictured).Really. Stomvi has also lately added titanium parts such as valveguides and buttons. They've always favored a mixed gold and silverplated look, with the top of the line horns available in gold. Likewith Schilke, I don't believe I've ever seen a lacquered Stomvi. Themost comprehensive dealer of Stomvi instruments isHornHaven, in Dallas, Texas.
The Yamaha Professionalpiccolo(YTR 6810S) is a short model, like the Selmer, but started itslife as a knock-off of a Benge piccolodesigned in the early 70s by Zig Kanstul in Los Angeles when Bengewas owned by King, prior to King being acquired by UMI, and moved toOhio. They are responsive and have nice short stroke valves, and easyupper register. They fetch around $1650.00 and are a good buy, thoughif one had that to spend, he or she should certainly play the KanstulCustom Class.
The Benge piccolo trumpet was discontinued in the summer of2007 by Conn-Selmer. They are, however, something to look for in theused market, with the Los Angeles ones being more desirable than theEast Lake Ohio ones. The Los Angeles ones have Los Angeles stamped onthe bell and five digit serial numbers, the Ohio ones have USAstamped on the bell and either six or eight digit serial numbers.
Bach makes aStradivarius196 piccolo (with a very small 0.401 inch bore), very similar indesign to the Selmer, priced in the $2000 range. It is not verypopular--for good reason. It has terrible intonation and response.Lately, however, Bach has introduced their first decent piccolotrumpet, a long bell model, or as their own ad copy says, the first\"piccolo worthy of the Bach name,\" theVBS196.Actually, it isn't even made by Bach, it is a Stomvi Elit