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Pearl Flutes PFP-105 Grenaditte PiccoloThe Pearl-105 piccolo employs composite Grenaditte. As this material is impervious to temperature and humidity, there is no danger of cracking and intonation is much more stable. It has a highwave style headjoint, French pointed arm keys, and pinless construction.
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I recently purchased this piccolo and it was love at first sight! It has the look and feel of wood, but can withstand drastic temperature changes since it is made of a new substance called "grenaditte", especially designed by Pearl. It plays so softly and smoothly in all ranges, but can belt out with volume when needed. With pointed keys (4 of them), a split-E mechanism, and the famous pinless construction, this piccolo is fabulous. The one-piece bore constructionprovdes players with an extremely dependable mechanism. It is a joy to behold and to play. After a 10-minute test drive, I knew it was the piccolo for me. It plays far better than any wooden piccolo I have ever played, and it has the perfect balance of tone in all ranges. The professional case Extra large), cover, and cleaning accessories are a nice bonus. The price is a bargain, but get it now. Prices will, undoubtedly, go up. I have the priviledge of having #112. I bet many more will be made soon...get yours now!
I purchased this piccolo because of the features. Keeping the volume under control can be difficult with a piccolo, but this piccolo gives me more control. My other piccolo use to kill the ears of the flute player sitting next to me because the volume was hard to control. I really like this piccolo and I recommend it to anyone looking for a step up piccolo. I tried many piccolos and choose this one. The price wasn't too high considering the quality of this piccolo. The wave headjoint really is helpful keeping the volume control plus the Split-E mechanism helps to keep that hard note for all us flute player in check.
I was really impressed with the complete range of this piccolo. The first note I played when it came in the mail was the low D. To my surprise, it came out not only clear but powerful! Every note on this piccolo plays in tune and the high range is really clear. This piccolo has great features on it too. The split e makes me not have to worry about the response of the high E, it is always there! The headjoint is good too with the high wave lip. I play in my college's Wind band and Orchestra so I needed to find a quality piccolo to make it easy to for me to sound good. I would recommend this to anyone!
I have been in the market for a new piccolo for the past year. I kept looking at the Pearl, thinking that it wasn't going to be that great since it was a composite. I was wrong... I finally decided to order it, knowing that I could return it if I didn't like it. The first note I played was low D. It came out beautifully, so then I went on up the scale, never before have I had the high Bb, B, and C come out so easily on a piccolo. Last night in our community band, we were practicing "Stars and Stripes", the director told all of us to get out our piccolos. I have been intimidated by this piece for years, but with the notes speaking so clearly, I just breezed right through it. I really recommend this piccolo to anyone. I like the idea of a composite, it doesn't take as much care as a wooden instrument, and it just plays so darn well.
With this piccolo Pearl has lived up to the reputation they built with their concert and alto flutes. It is a gorgeous instrument. The tone is dark and centered, with a "soul" that I usually only hear with grenadilla. The instrument is very responsive. It has that elusive feel of being a living extension of your breath, rather than being a foreign object you have to fight to control.
I agree with earlier reviews in that the middle octave initially seems more challenging to play. With a little practice, though, you will be able to make that octave sing just like the rest of the picc's range. In fact, I have found myself wondering how I ever had trouble with it before. You have to put the effort in to make it effortless, if that makes any sense.
The high B and C will probably not sound for you right away if you aren't an experienced picc player, but that is not unique to this piccolo. There are some good alternate fingerings to try on the Woodwind Fingering Guide website (Google it). These are piccolo-specific fingerings, not just transposed flute fingerings.
In all, I am extremely satisfied with this piccolo, and with the WWBW service (this is my third woodwind purchase from them, and probably won't be the last). It's hard to put this instrument down - you just want to keep playing it! Professionals with deep pockets will probably ultimately still want a handmade grenadilla picc. But I think this might be the best value out there for anyone else. It is also practically indestructible. I carry it between dry air-conditioned rooms and outdoor Texas summer heat and humidity without any worries.
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