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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 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.
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.
As a total non-professional, strictly hobbyist, after becoming comfortable with my (mostly student)flutes, I really wanted to try a piccolo, but had no idea which one would suit me best. After much research into materials, head joints, etc, I decided on this Pearl & couldn't be happier. Not only have I already been able to play a few simple tunes (which in itself is very gratifying), but the sound I am producing is quite close to recordings I have listened to. Maybe it's the wave head joint, but I am very glad I chose this instrument for my first venture into piccolo-land.
I have had this piccolo for a few years. I am now in college and play it in my wind ensemble class and everyone is in awe of the sound and look of it. In high school, I received MANY compliments from my flute teacher, band director, and people from the audiences from our concerts. Just last week, my new wind ensemble teacher was sitting behind me when I played a High B flat and he said "wow! I have never heard a piccolo play that and it sounded amazing!" I have no problem getting high B flat, B or C or any of the low notes. Only negative is that A flat is a little out of tune
Just got my piccolo today and only thing on my mind is how much can I sell my other piccolos for because I'm going to die with this one! Love the wing head joint! Overall performance is stunning! This piccolo is a doubler's delight! I'm enjoying the piccolo now! No excuse not to own one if you ever have to play piccolo! Lower register is strong and punchy and the upper register sings like a canary! Very respnsive third octave. The notes are all there! I have no problem with the third octave B and C. This baby sings!!!
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