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Best Piccolo Brands

Best Piccolo Brands

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Although piccolos are small, they can vary hugely in quality. Buying a good quality piccolo from a well respected brand will be much better in tune and produce a warmer sound. It will also be easier to play which is always a bonus! That’s why we have put together this article about the Best Piccolo Brands.

It is tricky to engineer something so small so it is worth paying a little more if you can afford it to get a handmade instrument from a well known and trusted brand. These will come with extra features which makes those tricky high notes a little bit easier to play. Although you will still have to do some practice….

Student model piccolos are often more expensive than similar standard flutes. Don’t be shocked by this! Their small size makes them harder to make so they cost more. Imagine making your favourite dish for dinner but it has to be a quarter of the usual size. Not so easy huh….?

This piccolo buying guide will take you through some of the best piccolo brands out there and will hopefully help you find your dream instrument.

Yamaha

ONE

Yamaha is a market leader across many instruments including the piccolo and they are famous for their quality and durability. Particularly for student level instruments. Founded in 1887 by Torakushu Yamaha, this brand uses its long history of instrument making to make quality piccolos for customers around the world.

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The best piccolo in this brand

YAMAHA YPC32
Best for Youth Orchestra
$ 1400
/£650
  • FOR: Classic piccolo sound for students
  • QUALITY: Maintenance-free ABS Resin body
9.1
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The TedScore™:  9.1

Many musicians start playing on a Yamaha YPC32 piccolo in youth orchestra and used this instrument right into their early years at music college. It has a nickel silver plated headjoint and an ABS resin body. It’s a great value instrument which is both easy to play and also pretty indestructible!

Have a listen to the YPC32 in action in this video

Best Piccolo Brands

Burkhart

TWO

Burkart Flutes was founded in 1982 by Lillian Burkart and James Phelan. They are very experienced makers and their professional piccolos are known for their warm sound quality and stable intonation. They also pride themselves on their range of handmade instruments.

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The best piccolo in this brand

The Resona model is a great option for more experienced piccolo players who want to take their student piccolo playing to the next level. Crafted from aged grenadilla wood you are buying a great quality instrument at an affordable price.

I was particularly impressed with the tuning of the Resona model. This instrument would be ideal for keen amateurs or ambitious students who hope to study music at university or music college.

Burkart Resona Piccolo

Pearl

THREE

Pearl Musical Instruments was founded in 1946 by Katsumi Yanagisawa in Japan and started making flutes in 1968.

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The best piccolo in this brand

PEARL 105E

Best for Intermediate Players
$ 1250
/£1000
  • MATERIAL: A durable Grenaditte composite body
  • GREAT FOR: A consistent high E with split mechanism
9.6
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The TedScore™:  9.6

The Pearl 105E model is a great option for intermediate players. It includes a ‘wave’ head joint which can improve sound production. They have used the innovative, new material Grenaditte for this instrument which combines great sound quality with a durable instrument. As with all Pearl models, it comes with their famous pinless mechanism.

Best Piccolo Brands for beginners

FOUR

Yamaha is a great option for beginners as they offer a wide range of student level instruments. This is a great opportunity to try different materials such as resin, plastic, silver plated and wooden instruments all from the same brand.

Also experiment with different lip plate options. The Yamaha YPC32 Student Piccolo offers a ‘flute like’ lip plate, but there are also options with more traditional piccolo headjoints like the Yamaha YPC62M Professional Piccolo model, as you can see below. We love this instrument – although the downside is the cost…

Yamaha also has a wide range of student piccolos so there will be one to suit every beginner’s budget and requirements. They are also widely available worldwide.

yamaha ypc62

Best for INTERMEDIATE PLAYERS
$ 3000
/£1310
  • BEST FOR: Students who are looking to go to the next level, and progress fast
  • SOUND: Rich tone due to a Grenadilla body and conical bore
8.8
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The TedScore™:  8.8
best brand for experimenting

FIVE

Guo New Voice piccolos have really shaken up their competitors with these exciting new instruments. They use computer led design for maximum precision when creating their instruments.

They come in a range of colors and are made from a new polymer material which is even lighter than resin (around 20% lighter). Our favorite is the Cherry red color!

They also come with some impressive features such as the high G sharp facilitator. You would normally have to buy a much more expensive instrument for tools like this.

These piccolos can be played in all weather conditions and are very durable. This combined with the wide range of colors to choose from makes them a great choice for younger players – although the don’t necessarily sound the best!

Many piccolists have given these instruments rave reviews so have a try if you’re open to something a bit different.

best brand for professionals

SIX

Powell Flutes opened their first shop in Boston, Massachusetts in 1927 and was immediately popular with some of the most famous American flute players of the age.

They are true artisan makers and many professional flautists play on their instruments including Adam Walker (principal of the London Symphony Orchestra).

Their innovations included mixing silver and gold to create the Arumite flute and for producing the world’s flute 19.5k rose gold flute.

Powell piccolos include the same quality workmanship and many are made from resin infused Grenadilla which means they can be played outdoors safely.

The Sonaré 850 series is a great option for advanced players and is available with a classic or wave head joint for extra flexibility in tone and comfort.

Best brand for a small budget

SEVEN

The Student Piccolo FC-100 is just about the most affordable piccolo you can buy which is still worth buying! It is great if you are unsure if the piccolo will be for you so want to try it out without spending too much money. This is the perfect starter instrument, made by Gear 4 Music who specialist in making ethically produced starter instruments.

Similar to market leaders like the Yamaha YPC32 (reviewed above), this piccolo has a silver plated headjoint with a ‘flute like’ lip plate for extra familiarity for new piccolo players.

It may also be interesting to do a blind test with this piccolo and more expensive alternatives. You might even prefer the sound or playability of this great value instrument!

I totally love this instrument, and think that it’s quite incredible they manage to produce such a high quality instrument at such a low price – for this reason, I give it 10 out of 10!

Best Piccolo Brands
Best Piccolo Brands

Student Piccolo

FC-100 by gear4music
$ 130
/£100
  • MATERIAL: Silver Plated ABS Body
  • FEATURES: An offset G mechanism
10/10