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flutietootie85
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Post by flutietootie85 » Fri Feb 06, 2004 8:34 pm

I was just wondering what a good piccolo brand is that sells
all metal piccolos I could use for marching band. I got one for las year to see
if I could play it and it was soo bad. It was very flat and very hard to play
*like you had to blow a lung out to hit a 3rd octave F* So I don''t wish to
repeat this again, so any suggestoins would help! Thanks! O yea and also on the
cheaper 6-700 dollar range would be helpful since I''m only a highschool
student..[:p]
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sakuramimato
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Post by sakuramimato » Sat Feb 07, 2004 11:01 am

[quote] ---------------- On 2/6/2004 8:34:25 PM I was just
wondering what a good piccolo brand is that sells all metal piccolos I could use
for marching band. I got one for las year to see if I could play it and it was
soo bad. It was very flat and very hard to play *like you had to blow a lung out
to hit a 3rd octave F* So I don't wish to repeat this again, so any suggestoins
would help! Thanks! O yea and also on the cheaper 6-700 dollar range would be
helpful since I'm only a highschool student..[:p] ---------------- [/quote] I
play on the Gemeinhardt 4SP (silver-plated student model) and have been for two
years. Even after having a fall on cement (concrete? I can't remember), it's
still playing well after repair. Although there is talk that Gemeinhardt
piccolos aren't recommended, I recommend them. I'd like to try out the solid
silver piccolos, instead, but plated worked well enough. From using it in my
early junior high days, the 4SP served well as a beginner piccolo. With your
budget, I got my 4SP for aroun $850. You can probably get them at a cheaper
price these days. Best of luck searching for your piccolo!

AG950Flute
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Post by AG950Flute » Sat Feb 07, 2004 11:41 am

I would also recommend the 4SP. They are very hardy piccolos
and I know mine hit the ground more than once during my marching band days in
junior high and high school. However, I do feel a little old because I got mine
about 9 years ago for $450. So, you may be able to find a used one for around
the price range that you have in mind.
Courtney
Morton

AG950Flute
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Post by AG950Flute » Sat Feb 07, 2004 11:44 am

speaking of finding a used 4SP, check out usedflutes.com.
Newer Gemeinhardt 4SP Piccolo <flautopiccolo@yahoo.com> - Marion, IA USA -
http://www.members.aol.com/shadowbo.../images/4sp.jpg - Saturday, February 07,
2004 Gemeinhardt 4SP Piccolo – Silver-plated head, body & keys; conical bore and
beryllium copper springs. Only a few years old, and not played regularly. Yellow
double bladder pads are fine, but it needs an adjustment—there are several small
leaks throughout. Includes nice Gemeinhardt hardshell case & cleaning rod. $275.
At this price you can afford to have it worked on and made into something that
works really well.
Courtney
Morton

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