Piccolo Trumpet Prices

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  1. trpguyy

    trpguyy Piano User

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    Why are piccolo trumpets so much more expensive than "regular" trumpets? I've noticed that the higher pitched the trumpet, the more expensive. This doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me. Smaller horns= less material. Sure, there's a fourth valve, but that doesn't cost an extra $600. Piccolo trumpets can't be that much harder to make. Is it just a matter of supply and demand? Anyone have any ideas?
     
  2. musicalmason

    musicalmason Forte User

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    my guess is, since theres really no beginner or intermidiate picc trumpet, it has to go right to pro, and since only pros are buying them, only the best will sell, and picc trumpet prices are on par with the "best" Bb trumpets. not only that, but few rich parents are buying picc trumpets for the 8th grader, as often happens with strads and pro Bb horns, so the market base is much smaller, therefor, as you mentioned, supply and demand must also play a major role in the price.
     
  3. MUSICandCHARACTER

    MUSICandCHARACTER Forte User

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    I agree with MM, and would add that they are hard to play in tune when you have a high quality one. Therefore, great care must be taken in the design and building of them. Even good manufacturers have failed at making a decent piccolo. They take more time and care to build -- making them labor intensive.

    Jim
     
  4. mheffernen5

    mheffernen5 Pianissimo User

    If piccolo trumpets are expensive they must be really hard to play.
     
  5. musicalmason

    musicalmason Forte User

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    I dont even wanna try a monette.
     
  6. MUSICandCHARACTER

    MUSICandCHARACTER Forte User

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    I love it. Using (inappropriately) the rules of logic you get:

    Piccolo trumpets are hard to make to play in tune
    This means they cost more to make
    The Monette is the most expensive
    Therefore, it is the hardest to play.


    Now the real question is, why is this logic statement false?

    Jim
     
  7. Tootsall

    Tootsall Fortissimo User

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    Yee HAW!
    Uh..... because it is an illogical sequence of loosely or even randomly connected statements? :?
     
  8. MUSICandCHARACTER

    MUSICandCHARACTER Forte User

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    False relationship.

    More expensive piccolos are not harder to play.

    Piccolo trumpets are hard to make that play well.
    It takes more labor to make a good playing Piccolo
    Labor cost more money
    Therefore, Piccolos cost more money.

    All those statements are true.

    But cost and quality only correlate to a certain extent and not in a absolute fashion. Hence a true bargain is to get a high quality product for less money than expected.
    :D

    I have a headache now.

    Jim
     
  9. Tootsall

    Tootsall Fortissimo User

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    Yee HAW!
    Take two aspirin and call me in the morning. :D
     
  10. timcates

    timcates Pianissimo User

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    so if a trumpet weighs the same as a duck?........a witch!!! a witch!!!


    (Dave Monette turned me into a newt.....








    ....... i got better)




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