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Picc Advice

Postby stormageddon » Sat Aug 19, 2017 9:13 pm

Ok y'all, I'm looking to buy a piccolo. I need it for marching and concert band here in high school, and hopefully last for college too. I was looking at the Pearl PFP-105E as my "goal" picc, but it's pricey for a broke high schooler like myself. But again, I'd rather spend more and make a solid investment that will last a long time than buy a crappy picc that will barely make it one season. Also o was wondering if anyone has any experience with Kessler and Son's Composite Artist piccolo. It's very affordable, so I was wary of quality, and also wasn't sure if I could march with it as well. I'd rather not have to buy two piccs, (like a metal/hybrid for marching and then a wood one for concert band in college) so if anyone has any additional advice for getting around this or other picc recommendations they're greatly appreciated!

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Re: Picc Advice

Postby SylvreKat » Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:39 pm

A composite picc will be fine outside. It's basically plastic, so weather isn't going to affect it like wood. See if you can find a model with both head joints, and get the best of both worlds metal/woodish. Check craigslist to see if there's any deals. Also look into WWBW's composite picc--I've never played one, but I have heard good things about it. Not the greatest horn, but a nice decent player.

Although honestly, there is absolutely no reason you can't play a metal picc inside. I played the piece of crap Artley for years. I still play my silver Gemi for band, even for our few indoor concerts. It depends on the song, if I play the wood or the silver. For example, the folk songs I used wood; the Journey medley is on silver. Our director (who is very outspoken) has never once commented about me on metal. And our resident professional composer insists I play my silver--he prefers its sound over the wood's.

Really, it's all about control, rather than what the instrument's made of.

1975 Gemeinhardt M2 in chrome nickel
1982 Armstrong 80
2006 Yamaha 584

1978 Artley piece of crap 15 P
1982 Gemeinhardt 4S
1980s (?) Armstrong all wood (no model)

2006 Jupiter di Medici G0199

Plus many many flute-cousins....

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