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*Certified Pre-Owned* Yamaha Standard Piccolo - YPC-32

Product Sku: YPC-32AS

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Our Certified Pre-Owned band instruments are used, but their condition is indistinguishable from new! Don’t miss this great opportunity to save hundreds off the cost of a brand new Yamaha piccolo! We guarantee the flawless condition of every used instrument we sell. 

All Certified Pre-Owned Yamaha band instruments come with a 5-year Hyson Music Warranty!

The Yamaha YPC-32 piccolo is an excellent instrument, well-suited for a wide range of players: flute students looking to extend their skills, marching band piccolo players who need a wear-resistant instrument that can stand up to the elements, woodwind doublers, and music educators. The YPC-32 piccolo is a good general use piccolo for any performance situation.

Included Accessories: plastic piccolo case, aluminum piccolo cleaning rod, cork grease, polishing cloth, and polishing gauze

Product Details

Level and Body Style: Standard
A standard piccolo is an entry-level instrument and has most of the same fingerings as its larger sibling, the standard transverse flute. The piccolo is essentially a half-size flute, differing from the flute in that the piccolo produces a sound that is one octave higher than written.
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Key: C
The standard C piccolo is a non-transposing instrument. Non-transposing instruments are those which are notated in the same key on paper that they sound when they are performed.
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Body Material: ABS resin
Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) is a common thermoplastic. ABS gets its strength and rigidity from the acrylonitrile and styrene polymers, while the butadiene rubber gives it toughness. ABS is used in many applications because of its light weight and ability to be injection molded (for instance, it is used to make LEGO bricks, medical devices, and many automotive components). The YPC-32 piccolo’s sturdy body of maintenance-free ABS resin is conducive to creating a sound that is reminiscent to that of a piccolo made of natural wood.
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Headjoint: Silver-plated nickel silver; conical bore
Nickel silver is commonly used to produce a variety of standard level wind instruments. Silver-plating gives the YPC-32 an attractive finish and a comfortable feel. The bore of a piccolo refers to the interior channel of the piccolo, where the air flows. A conical bore is typical for the piccolo; instruments with conical bores are those that are constructed with a tube that has a gentle taper.
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Key Material: Silver-plated nickel silver
Yamaha prides itself on using only top quality, durable materials for their keys. This dedication to high standards gives the YPC-32 durable keys that are less susceptible to breakage. Some companies have been criticized for cutting corners by using softer metals for their keys, but in the end this can lead to bending and less precise mechanisms. Use of durable metal in key construction helps to prevent leaks, intonation issues, frequent repairs, and endless frustration. Key posts have been thickened and redesigned for improved durability and strength to maintain accurate rod alignment. All key shapes and placements have been ergonomically designed for comfortable, natural-feeling performance. The keys are hand-assembled and adjusted for a perfect 'touch' and balance. Double bladder pads allow for a longer life and maximum seating, reducing the need for frequent pad replacements as compared to flutes with single bladder pads.
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Tone Holes: Undercut
The YPC-32’s undercut tone holes provide improved intonation and faster response by promoting smooth airflow throughout the instrument. Undercut tone holes create less turbulence and resistance—particularly important for the piccolo, as this instrument by its small-sized nature presents challenges with ease of airflow. The process of undercutting a tone hole involves beveling and machining the tone hole edges. Yamaha’s YPC-32 standard piccolo has been constructed to help players create a clear tone.
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Key Types: Concave contoured with ribbed key post
Concave contoured keys give the Yamaha YPC-32 piccolo an excellent feel and allow for precise finger positioning. The ribbed key post construction provide for greater body strength and accurate key action.
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Key Mechanism: Split E
The Yamaha YPC-32 piccolo has a split E key mechanism, allowing for the production of a clearer and more responsive high E.
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Spring Type: Stainless steel
Needle stainless steel springs are durable, they have strong holding power, and they do not rust. Stainless steel is the most common material used for student piccolo springs. The spring helps to open and close each key over the corresponding tone hole. This is an important job for a small pin; if the springs are too tight, the key will require too much pressure to close; and if the springs are too loose, keys will be slow to rise back up after being pressed. [Back to top]

Bumper Type: Neoprene
Piccolo bumpers are put onto the underside of keys that aren’t directly above a tone hole. They are generally made of cork or rubber. The YPC-32 has neoprene (synthetic rubber) bumpers. While cork is more traditional, neoprene is more durable, in part because by nature cork is more easily subject to compression that neoprene. Neoprene bumpers are less susceptible to damage from moisture. With these advantages in mind, it certainly makes sense to choose a standard piccolo with neoprene bumpers. Some advanced players prefer piccolos with cork bumpers because mechanical noise is less with cork than rubber bumpers; this makes sense considering that neoprene is harder than cork. The purpose of a bumper is to prevent bending, scratching, and excess noise.
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  1. Wonderful instrument for a great price 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st Sep 2016

    My daughter has wanted to play the piccolo for a few years. We finally bought her this one. She loves it and was able to play it immediately. (She's played flute for 4 years.) It's a beautiful instrument with a nice sound. Thanks.

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