The history of the piccolo trumpet dates back to the Romantic Era when Baroque music had a revival in popularity and trumpeters needed to perform their part in a higher register (something they couldn't do with a regular trumpet). Pitched an octave higher than a Bb trumpet, the piccolo trumpet's unique high-pitched sound can be heard in everything from world-class orchestras to even well-known music staples. You can even hear a piccolo trumpet in Beatles' favorites like "Penny Lane" and "All You Need Is Love".
Whether you've been playing the piccolo trumpet for years or only recently showed interest in giving it a shot, this selection of piccolo trumpets is loaded with choices from the most respected brass instrument brands, including Cerveny, B&S, Bach and Kanstul. Many piccolo trumpets also come in your choice of lacquer or silver finishes - just have a look at the Getzen 940 Eterna Series Bb/A Piccolo Trumpet. Designed specifically for playing Baroque music, this piccolo trumpet sports a 4" yellow brass bell and a .420" bore to give it an open feel with less resistance. It also features Black Louisville leadpipes with a trumpet shank, overall making the 940 Eterna Series Bb/A Piccolo Trumpet a must for any discerning player of the instrument.
Of course, when it comes to brass instruments you simply can't go wrong with a name like Bach. Skillfully handmade, the Bach 196 Stradivarius Series Bb/A Piccolo Trumpet perfectly reflects the company's dedication to the concert professional. Boasting a four-valve construction to extend the instrument's range and allowing for alternate fingerings and a one-piece hand-hammered bell for a bright sound, the 196 is a masterpiece of piccolo trumpet craftsmanship.
The piccolo trumpet may be the smallest member of the trumpet family, but its versatility in the music world knows no bounds. Any experienced player will tell you that it's a challenging instrument to tackle, but once you get the hang of it, you'll wonder how any musical piece ever went without it.
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