There are lots of piccolos for sale offered today – plastic, metal, wooden instruments from various brands make it difficult to choose the right one for specific needs.
While usually piccolos have the “second role” in an orchestra, accompanying to the violins or flutes, they add the missing sparkling sounding to the symphony. It makes music charm, so the question of selecting the good piccolo is as important as the choice of any other musical instrument.
Before revising piccolos for sale in shops, you should try to play different kinds of them just to see which materials you accept and which consider unsuitable. The sound usually doesn’t depend on material, but it is very important for player to feel comfortable with wood or metal. If you are planning to use the instrument inside – the wooden piccolo is OK, but do not buy it for some marching performance outside, as wood is soft and easily damaged. Try some metal or plastic samples.
Of course the design of piccolo instrument, its structure reflects on sounding. That is why it is reasonable to try piccolos from several brands to find the ideal for you. Only experience can show the right choice, and no piccolos can be purchased, relying on photo or ads. You need to ‘feel’ the instrument to be exactly sure that you will be able to spend long time with it.