piccolo trumpets

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by christineka, Oct 4, 2014.

  1. Culbe

    Culbe Forte User

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    Do you suggest the fourth valve, or does it not really matter?
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  2. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    YES! A picc is essentially worthless to most without a 4th valve. It is a very special situation when 3 are enough.
     
  3. Rapier

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    So, Rowuk, having never played a four valve instrument, what fingering is used differently from 3?
     
  4. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

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    I'm not Rowuk, but the only "different" fingering is to substitute fourth valve for the 1-3 combination. The rest, like a trombone with a single valve, are for the pedal register. On the Bb piccolo, the lowest sounding note is a Bb in the staff without valves and an E in the staff with three valves. Most pieces require a D or C below the staff.
     
  5. amzi

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    I agree with the necessity of the 4th valve. I have a terrific Couesnon 3 valve, but it is so limiting. Can't decide if I want to replace it or just buy one to compliment it. Same thing with my Eb/D--really needs that 4th valve to be as versatile as it should be.
     
  6. jimc

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    On my Benge, G# above the staff is 2-4 (IIRC) rather than 2-3. You might find other alternate fingerings necessary. Otherwise, it's for low-range extension.

    I bought a Benge D that fell in my lap at a price I couldn't ignore. I have not used it yet, but a friend did TTSS and wanted to borrow my picc, and I suggested why not try the D, since the music was written for it and everything? It is much easier to play on the D than on the picc, and sounds quite nice. The D trumpet is pretty easy to acclimate to, about like getting used to a C, and unlike the pain-fest that is working up a piece on the quacking monstrosity that is the picc. Doesn't seem to be a horn that gets much use, though. I'm happy to have both, even if I rarely (if not never) get to play them in public.
     
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  7. Culbe

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    How about flugelhorns? I've seen three and four valve flugels.
     
  8. tobylou8

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    Four valve flugels are for the lower register below low F#.
     
  9. edfitzvb

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    To get back on topic, I also have an Amati picc. I bought mine on eBay for about $400.00, ready to go. There were no necessary repairs to be done to it. It was a MUCH better purchase than the Monique (p)tso I bought previously with my fingers crossed. No more than I use a piccolo, it is fine.
     
  10. barliman2001

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    Anything baroque and written in D is good for a D trumpet, but will be phenomenal on a G.
     

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