The Braun piccolo has been on the market since 1985.
This instrument is used by a large number of leading soloists and orchestral flautists, and is currently considered one of the best piccolos in the world.
This instrument was commissioned by the flutist Michael Hasel (then new member of the Berliner Philharmoniker / chief conductor Herbert von Karajan) and built with his cooperation. It is designed for a relaxed and open playing style.
Entirely new calculations led to a particularly well-tuned instrument with only one C tone hole for the thumb key ("Briccialdi" thumb key).
This method of construction, which is very close to the acoustic conditions and expression of the big flute is unique in wooden piccolos.
The chief characteristics of Braun piccolos are:
excellent intonation and tonal balance
big, focused sound, especially in the low and middle registers
easier response, especially in the difficult third octave
the new scale makes (like on the big flute) the high G# facilitator no longer necessary.
Sound sample: Braun Piccolo Solo
Paul Stanhope: "Concerto for Piccolo Flute and Orchestra",
Dedicated to Andrew Macleod
Principal Piccolo of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
with the piccolo A. Braun #726
from Scherzo 9:49 min. Cadenza (2:54) ..."Here the solo piccolo can really show its wares as an instrument capable of many surprises, including a number of surprisingly soft high notes and some lush
low-register sounds." Paul Stanhope
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Label: ABC Classics 481 0862 » iTunes Store
"Small flute" / conical piccolo flute down to low c¹
Is a conical Piccolo and has the same noted range as on the concert flute.
Detailed View Scale protected by Patents: US 8 389 840 B2 & DE 10 2011 010 124 & DBGM 20 2010 016 134.7
The "small flute" is on the market since October 2010.
It is a further development of the Braun Piccoli produced since 1985.
This instrument was developed on behalf of Rolf Bissinger (member of the Städt. Oper Frankfurt / Main) and with his cooperation. In the test phase, Prof.Michael Hasel was involved cooperatively, who played it at the Berliner Philharmoniker
and gave valuable information about it.
The playing experience of the small flute is similar to that of a concert flute.
The chief characteristics of the "Small flute" , compared to the"Piccolo" are:
Greater tonal volume and therefore also a more pleasant sound,
especially in the third octave.
The tonal balance in all three registers is much better.
Easier response/articulation, especially in the third octave.
Much more special grips of the big flute are possible to use.
Sound sample: "small flute" in the Symphony Orchestra
Dmitri Schostakowitsch Symphonie Nr.8
Berliner Philharmoniker, Andris Nelsons
16.Okt.2010 1:43 min. aus 2.Satz Allegretto
Gustav Mahler Symphonie Nr.2 c-Moll
Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle
30.Okt.2010 1:31 min. aus 5.Satz Im Tempo des Scherzo
Prof.Michael Hasel with small flute / Andreas Blau principal flute
In search of the best-sounding C-foot piccolo, a cylindrical boehm piccolo (already sought by Th.Boehm) down to the low c¹ and with one thumb hole
was designed and successfully built. Registered as a patent on 11th March 1998 and accepted on 23rd Sep. 1999.
Scale Patent: DE 198 10 520 & DBGM 298 04 326
However the cylindrical piccolo, for example in the opera and symphony orchestras, is the conical inferior. In terms of:
timbre / richness of tone
tonal balance in all three registers and
tonal integration in the orchestra / woodwind.
Because of these disadvantages, and our limited production capacity, we have not yet included it in our production.
Sound samples: "cylindrical Boehm-Piccolo" with piano
Vlad A. Colar - Piccolo & Roxana Ardeleanu - Piano
C. Sains-Saëns - Le Cygne
G. Fauré - Morceau de Concours
headjoint with "A.Braun" modified-wave embouchure which is smooth where the lips touch
925 sterling-silver mechanism
with split E mechanism (without split E mechanism is not made!)
fitted with "A. Braun" silicon piccolo pads
Headjoint with modified-wave embouchure.
The basis for the exceptional quality of Braun wooden flutes and piccolos is the selection of high-grade woods.Thus only carefully-selected, well-seasoned, extremely close-grained and attractive black African
grenadilla/African blackwood (Dalbergia melanoxylon) with excellent tonal qualities is used.
A. Braun pads for piccolo
DBGM 296 05 677.4
These pads are made of a material insensitive to moisture and with a coating on the side facing the tone hole. The coating consists of silicon rubber, which has a microstructured surface. This structure is similar to the surface
qualities of the wooden bore, thus ensuring the deadening of undesirable high frequencies.
The new construction of the pad creates:
a quick, powerful, clear response
a particularly well-structured and beautiful sound
a very pleasant feel
reliability of the padding as a result of the insensitivity to moisture and stable shape of the silicon-rubber layer
long period of usage without adjustment
Special models, such as instruments with open G-sharp key or other customised features can be planned and manufactured.
Piccolo with open G-sharp
Piccolo with open G-sharp and with inverted B-Bb thumb lever
Flutes and piccolos can be supplied with scales at the following pitches: a' = 440 Hz or 442 Hz or 444 Hz
The basic pitch facilitates unproblematic playing within a ± 2Hz range, according to personal playing style.
Within a year of purchase, the instrument supplied will upon request be customised to suit the individual's personal playing style. Leather case with a padded cover.
The instrument is supplied in a high-quality velvet-lined black leather case with a padded leather cover. A cleaning rod made of 925 sterling silver and a silk cleaning cloth are supplied.
Leather cover exclusiv from PICARD®
Made in Germany