Do you need a good piccolo to play in school or for fun? You should know about the best piccolo brands and some of their popular models.
That way, you can compare the models and choose one that suits your playing. Because while recommendations are nice, we’re all different.
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Yamaha makes piccolos for students, professionals, and everyone in between. The piccolos are a bit more expensive than similar models from other brands, but they can be well worth it.
If you want a beginner piccolo or one you can use outside, give the YPC-32 a try. It has a plastic body and metal head, which is pretty popular among student-level piccolos.
The YPC-62 is a good intermediate model, but it does require some care since it’s wood. You can get a warm sound, and it’s a nice model to play in orchestra or band as long as you’re inside.
Jupiter is another one of the best piccolo brands for students. It’s a bit more affordable than equivalent Yamaha models. And it may be a better fit for your playing.
The JPC1010 is a plastic model, so both the body and headjoint are plastic. That makes it a nice choice for marching band and orchestra because it can sound warm but is also durable.
If you want to get a wood piccolo from Jupiter, you may like the DiMedici. This model can be a great choice for the advancing player, and you can get that warm sound you may want for orchestra.
Gemeinhardt makes a lot of different piccolos for beginners and intermediate players. They’re similar to Jupiter and Yamaha, but some players may like a Gemeinhardt better.
One of the models you should consider is the Roy Seaman Storm. This piccolo is from Gemeinhardt, and it’s a composite model. That makes it perfect for playing inside and outside.
You can also look into the 4P, 4PMH, and other models. That way, you can get the materials and sound you want at the price you can afford.
One of my favorite flute and piccolo brands is Pearl. The brand only makes two main models, but they’re both great for intermediate players and anyone who needs a good backup piccolo.
I have the Pearl 105E, which is the standard of that model. It has a composite headjoint and body, and it has a wave headjoint. The split-E mechanism helps a lot.
If you want the warmth of wood, the 165 may be more your speed. It has a wood headjoint and a composite body. That can make it a bit warmer in tone, but it does cost more than the 105.
Another one of the piccolo brands in a similar category is Di Zhao. The company makes piccolos for students and intermediate players, and they aren’t too expensive.
If you want a basic student model, the DZP-101 has a metal headjoint and a plastic body. You can use the piccolo in marching band, orchestra, or any other setting.
You might want to try the DZP-301 if you want a wood model but tend to react to grenadilla wood. The rosewood piccolo looks good and sounds great, just make sure to take care of the wood.
Burkart makes a variety of piccolos, and they’re all of fantastic quality. However, they don’t have any plastic or metal models.
If you’re ready for wood, you may start with the Resona piccolo. It’s relatively affordable, but you can still get the standard Burkart sound that you would get on something more expensive.
At the professional level, you may want to try the Professional or Elite piccolos from Burkart. Then, you can get an excellent sound, and you may like the sound better than the Resona.
Powell is another one of the piccolo brands that focus on higher-end and professional instruments. They do have the Sonare line, which is like the Resona piccolo from Burkart.
But most of the Powell piccolos are much more expensive. Some of them are close to $20,000. But if you’re serious about playing the piccolo, you should try a few Powells.
At the very least, consider the Signature model. It has a lot of the same features as the more expensive piccolos, but it’s not terribly priced.
Another one of my favorite piccolo brands is Hammig. They pretty much specialize in piccolos, unlike the other brands on this list. The other companies make good piccolos, but they also make flutes.
I bought the 650/3, which is a bit expensive, but it has the wonderful G# facilitator. So if I need to play a high G#, I don’t have to worry about what alternate fingering to use.
Be sure to try one or more Hammigs and try their different headjoints. Then, you can make sure the instrument is right for you. I know some other players who wouldn’t choose this brand even though I like it.
Choose the Best Piccolo Brand and Model for You
I could recommend some of the best piccolo brands all day. But you still have to put in a bit of time to find the brand and model that fits your needs the best.
If you don’t know where to start or what to look for, check out the full buying guide. Then, you can learn how to choose a piccolo that you will want to play!