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Trumpet Discussion Discuss Piccolo Trumpet Prices in the General forums; Originally Posted by trpguyy Why are piccolo trumpets so much more expensive than "regular" trumpets? I've noticed that the higher ...
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    Re: Piccolo Trumpet Prices

    Quote Originally Posted by trpguyy
    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?
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    I suspect R&D costs and build costs for a picc are about the same as a regular Bb. (picc. has 4 valves, a Bb more metal). However economy of scale will result in a lower price for the larger horn as shed loads of Bb's are produced in comparison with piccs.
    Also less shops stock piccs. So a store will often be prepared to offer a better price on a horn they have in stock, than one they have to order.
    just an opinion
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    That sounds reasonable, therefore:

    Fewer piccolo trumpets are made at any one time.
    It takes time and labor to set up to make a piccolo
    Labor cost more money
    Therefore, Piccolos cost more money.

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