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What picc do they play?

In the world of music we frequently wonder what equipment others are using.  Is it the hope that there is a perfect instrument out there?  Do we think that having a certain make of instrument will make us popular (we play piccolo so not likely). Or, is it just our desire to simply know for the simple fact of knowing?  Well, here you go!  A very nonchalant Facebook post resulted in this feed back regarding what piccolos people are using.  Enjoy!


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 ……..a few individuals that responded to our call

Beth Chandler Cahill – Professor James Madison University – Keefe and Hammig

Julianna Nickel – Professor George Mason University – Burkart

Laurie Sokoloff – Baltimore Symphony and Peabody Conservatory – Keefe

Therese Wacker – Professor Indiana University of Pennsylvania – Burkart

Christine Erlander Beard – Roy Seaman LTD with an awesome (bocote wood) headjoint by Mancke!

Dionne Jackson – Professor University of Connecticut – Keefe

Sarah Jackson – LA Philharmonic – Keefe

Zachariah Galatis – Portland Symphony – Keefe and a Mancke headjoint!

Carole Bean – National Symphony Orchestra – Gold keyed Powell with a Burkart head, Keefe

Erica Peel – San Diego Symphony – Hammig, but recently added a Mancke headjoint.

Sarah Eckman McIver – Symphony Number One – Keefe

Leslie Marrs – Professor Drake University –  Brannen

Nan Raphael – Keefe with Modern cut head joint. Backup is a Brannen with Keefe modern/classic cut head joint.

Laurel Ann Maurer – I have 2 that I mostly use. A Burkart Elite and a Weissman/McKenna

Sarah Howard – Cocus wood Hammig

Aleksandr Haskin – Qatar Music Academy and the American School of Doha – Burkart XXV

Cynthia Rugolo – Cocuswood Brannen with Keefe headjoint and a 1945 Helmut Hammig

Phyllis Avidan Louke – Burkart

Keith Hanlon – Professor Frostburg State University – Keefe

Amanda Taylor  – co-editor of The Flute Examiner – Hammig

Shivhan Dohse – Professor Coe College – Hammig!

Lori Akins – Burkart

Stephen Kujala – Got a couple of 70’s vintage Powells, a Haynes silver cylindrical (for superhigh, super soft B’s & C’s), a Haynes Db, and I’m soon joining to modern era with a Keefe on order.

Corinna Muller – Weissman grenadilla.


What do YOU play? Comment below.


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  1. Gyan Galoob

    I played an Armstrong from 1966 until about 12 years ago. Now I play a Zentner.

  2. Carl Campbell

    I play on a Powell!

  3. Dave Booth

    My C piccolo is a late sixties/early seventies Gemeinhardt 4P. My Db piccolo is a three digit serial number Haynes (wood). While in the Navy, I played on Navy -issued sterling Haynes (C) and Selmer (Db). The Selmer was a terrible instrument, with poor response in all registers and a horrible scale. The Haynes was acceptable, but the keywork felt “heavy” and “clunky” to me. I was also not particularly enamoured of the sound of either of them. I felt they were shrill and “edgy”. I much prefer the warmer sound I get from the instruments I am playing on now.

  4. Kenneth Zhong

    Used to play on Yamaha piccolos, now using a Burkart Professional piccolo

  5. I play a Hammig… and I love it!

  6. Carolyn Hutchinson

    I love my Keefe!

  7. I play a Burkart Elite, and my backup is a Burkart-Phelan Carbon Resin body with a Grenadilla Burkart head. Also have a Pearl Grenaditte for sketchy situations or dicey weather.

  8. Jonathan Martinez

    I play of a Keefe piccolo, made in 2012, with a Grenadilla headjoint (Modern Cut).

    I would love to get my hands on a Cocus headjoint from Keefe, in a Classic cut. The registers are beautiful, and very woody on that headjoint. It is interesting to note that Nan Raphael pointed out that our piccolos are siblings, and I did not believe it even when she showed me her piccolo herself.

    Very curious what the Mancke headjoints sound like as well.

    • Hi Jonathan, thanks for your feedback. Sounds like you have a beautiful instruments. I’ve seen/heard great things about the Mancke. I tried several at the convention this year and loved them!

  9. I play a Yamaha YPC-32. I also got a grenadilla Yamaha headjoint to go with it. It was a birthday present my senior year of high school. 20-ish years later, it’s still going strong. I love the wooden headjoint for indoor (pretty much everything I do anymore) and the silver headjoint for outside (not really used since marching band).

  10. I’ve been playing on a Pink Ivory Wood Nagahara Mini since 2015 😀
    Someday I would love to own a Burkart Resona piccolo as a backup

  11. I play on a Yamaha YPC-62. It is an amazing instrument and I would compare it to the Burkart Pro. I’m thinking of upgrading the headjoints to a Mancke Pink Ivory Wave in the near future.

  12. Pallop Keawpradup

    Hammig cocus is the best.

  13. Pallop Keawpradup

    Hammig cocus is the best. It’s very big warm and rich sound

  14. Carole Scott


  15. Kelly Mem Craig-Kapusuzoglu

    I play a Hammig 650/3 grenadilla with a Hammig Cocuswood headjoint and am in love!

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