New Piccolo trumpet

Discussion in 'Horns' started by B15M, Aug 3, 2005.

  1. B15M

    B15M Forte User

    Dec 30, 2003
    Monroe Ct.
    I have a Selmer Picc. with Blackburn lead pipes now and I was thinking about getting a good one. The Selmer has the sound and feel that I like but it plays out of tune. It's not the worst one ever but not the best.

    I saw a used Scherzer on Dillon's web site and I don't know why but it looks like it would play nicely. Does anybody know what I could expect from this brand. It is a long ride to the store but if I really want it I guess I have to make the trip.

    Let me know what you think.

  2. BigBadWolf

    BigBadWolf Piano User

    Nov 30, 2004
    Los Angeles, CA
    I played on a buddie's Scherzer. I thought it played fairly evenly. It was a nice horn, but I would put it in the soloist category. If I decided to become a soloist I would definately buy one, but not for my current application. The one thing I did especially like was the fourth valve was turned so you could use your left hand.
  3. MahlerBrass

    MahlerBrass Piano User

    Oct 1, 2004
    Houston, TX
    Why don't you get a valve alignment on your Selmer, mine had one and it plays like a dream!
  4. mattdalton

    mattdalton Pianissimo User

    Apr 30, 2005
    Newcastle, WA USA
    If the Selmer has the sound you like, I'd try a different leadpipe, an alignment as MahlerBrass suggested, or even a different mouthpiece. My Selmer picc plays badly out of tune with the stock Selmer pipe. Back in the late 1980s I tried a Blackburn pipe, but it didn't help much. Then I got a cut off Bach 25 pipe that really makes the A side work. I guard it carefully because it's a one-off experimental pipe that I can't replace.

    I bought a Najoom pipe to try to address pitch on the Bb side. It's helped a lot, but the horn still plays better on the A side. That might be another option for you to try.

    With that said, the Scherzer is a very nice piccolo. One of my good trumpet friends has one and finds it a good fit for solo and chamber playing. I've only tried it in A, but he says it plays well on both the Bb and A sides. He can't really cut through a big orchestra with it, but that's really not an issue for him either. I find the sound of the Scherzer very pleasing. I've prefered the tone of the Selmer and rotary piccs to most other makes for many years; to me it has more fundamental and warmth. If I could justify owning multiple piccolo trumpets, I'd have both a rotary picc and my Selmer picc.

    Hope this helps.

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