Summerhays Music has a wide variety of Beginner and Performance piccolos to choose from. The following are just a few of the Piccolos we regularly have in stock at unbeatable prices:

Yamaha Piccolo
Model: YPC-81
• Grenadilla wood body and headjoint
• Silver plated keys
• Undercut tone holes
• Split E

Yamaha Piccolo
Model: YPC-30
• Nickel silver body and headjoint

Yamaha Piccolo
Model: YPC-32
• Resin body
• Silver-plated headjoint
Yamaha Piccolo
Model: YPC-62
• Grenadilla wood body and headjoint
• Nickel silver keys
• Split E
Accent Piccolo
Model: PC510P
• Silver-plated headjoint and keys
• ABS resin body

Recommended brands: Yamaha and Pearl

Piccolos require little maintenance other than regular cleaning. If the joints on your instrument become too tight or too loose, or if it becomes difficult to tune, bring it to a Summerhays Music repair technician to be properly inspected.

To prevent tarnishing, fingerprints should be wiped off the body and keys of silver instruments with a clean lint-free cloth or polishing cloth. Silver polishing cloths are available through music stores and jewelers for this purpose. Be careful to avoid rubbing the edges of the key padswith the polishing cloth. Doing so will damage the pads, making it necessary to replace them. Wood piccolos do not require polishing cloths, though an occasional wipe-down with a polish-free, cotton cloth is helpful.


Cleaning cloths should never be stored in the instrument.

Student level piccolos are generally more durable than their higher-quality counterparts due in part to their construction; however, they often do not provide the sound of an intermediate or professional level piccolo.

Student level piccolos are made with an entirely nickel-silver body, or sometimes a plastic resin body with a metal headjoint. These instruments are ideal for the beginning piccolo student, but as the player progresses he or she will need a higher quality instrument.

Intermediate and professional level piccolos are made with high quality woods, and though they are slightly less durable than student level piccolos and require more care, they will allow the student to tackle more sophisticated music and play with a clearer sound.

Historically, the piccolo was designed without any keys and was used with marching drums as an integral part of the Carnival of Basal in Switzerland. Though today piccolos can be found in a variety of materials, traditionally all piccolos were made of wood. The piccolo made its orchestral debut in the early 1700’s with some of the first pieces featuring the instrument being Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C Minor and Bach’s Cantata 103. During the Romantic Period (roughly 1850-1900), composers began integrating the piccolo into orchestral pieces much more, particularly in military and marching pieces.


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