Is this a good piccolo?

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Is this a good piccolo?

Post by Band_Geek » Thu Oct 13, 2005 8:29 pm

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Is this a good piccolo? It looks to be in mint condition as if it were never played. No stratches. No dents. And its an Armstrong 290. I trust that considering I play an Armstrong 104 flute. Its silver plated and has a plastic body. Im thinking plastic is good because Im not in a marching band. Its also cheap. $210.

Ah! I want this so badly!
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Post by MeLizzard » Fri Oct 14, 2005 7:54 am

This should be a pretty good marching band piccolo! Passable for concert. :) Can you try before buying?

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Post by Band_Geek » Fri Oct 14, 2005 1:23 pm

Unfortunetly, no because it is a good 2000 miles away from me. Its in Victoria, BC and Im in Baltimore, MD. :(

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Post by Starqle » Fri Oct 14, 2005 3:11 pm

Can you send it back for a refund if you don't like it? Is there a way you can test a similar picc locally?

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Post by Band_Geek » Fri Oct 14, 2005 4:11 pm

This return policy says that I can return within 7 days if I dont like it and Ill get a total refund.

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Post by Starqle » Fri Oct 14, 2005 4:14 pm

Then I'd say it's worth a shot... just make sure to test it well during those seven days (low notes, high notes, jumping octaves, articulation, tuning, tone, dynamics, tone color, etc.). If possible, also have a reliable instrument repair person look at it to see if it's mechanically sound.

If this is ebay, also check the seller's reputation.

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Post by Band_Geek » Fri Oct 14, 2005 4:26 pm

Its not from ebay. Its the Armstrong 290 Piccolo at http://brassandwoodwind.ca/index.html.

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Post by Starqle » Fri Oct 14, 2005 4:39 pm

Alright, then you (hopefully) won't have to worry about them not sending the picc, not giving a refund, or anything like that.

I took a closer look... it's plastic, so you don't have to worry about cracks. The keys for the left hand are in a straight line (my picc has an off-set G) - make sure this doesn't bother your hand in the least bit. My flute felt a little uncomfortable, but I thought that I'd just get used to it... well, now that I need to pracitice over an hour a day (college), my wrists are stiffening and hurting because of that. If you don't plan on being that serious, it's not as big of a deal. Oh, and I'm NOT saying it will bother your hand - most people have much bigger hands than me and might actually find an off-set over-kill on a picc. Just, keep that in mind while playing it.

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Post by Band_Geek » Fri Oct 14, 2005 5:09 pm

So it is a good picc? I asked my band director this afternoon about what brands are the best. She said that Gemeinhardt, Yamaha, Armstrong and Emerson were the top 4 brands to buy. Plastic bodies are always good and its silver plated so I wont have to worry about the picc's head being damaged easily.

Ill ask my parents to get it for me when they get home in about two hours. This looks a lot better than the one I have right now. The brand is Grand, nobody has heard of it. The wires are so mixed up. It wont play Gb, and the keys are turning yellow.

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Post by Starqle » Fri Oct 14, 2005 5:18 pm

Having never played it or even another one of the same brand and model I can't tell you if it's good or not. From what I hear Armstrong is an okay, but not great, company. If you're looking for a decent student model, there's a good chance that this one will give you what you're looking for. But I don't know.

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Post by Band_Geek » Fri Oct 14, 2005 5:47 pm

Like I said, Id feel really comfortable playing a picc thats the same brand as my flute.

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Post by Band_Geek » Sat Oct 15, 2005 6:40 pm

Does anybody know if they have more in stock or is just that? Im worried that my parents wont order it for some time.

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Post by MeLizzard » Sun Oct 16, 2005 12:45 pm

That's a giant company. Unless the model number has been discontinued by the manufacturer (unlikely), they've surely got a bunch. I think they carry Yamahas, too, but are prohibited (by Yamaha) from advertising a discounted price in print. You'd have to call. If you have a local music store, go try some piccolos (with a tuner!!) before selecting one, and consider keeping your money local. Grand is a cheap Chinese-type brand, but the ones your director named are all reputable. Check Gemienhardt closely for intonation problems. These are all reliable, student/school piccolos. :)

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Post by Band_Geek » Sun Oct 16, 2005 1:13 pm

Finally! Somebody has heard of Grand!!! Mind telling me where you found this information Lizzard?

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Post by Phineas » Mon Oct 17, 2005 2:45 am

Armstrongs are good piccolos for the money!

I am the proud owner of an Armstrong 210! I chose this pic over Jupiters, Yamahas, and Gems around the same price.


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