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Braun Piccolos
 
"Piccolo" / conical piccolo only to the low d¹:


Braun piccolo
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Skala Patent DE 3 502 842 & US Patent  4 714 000

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

P.Stanhope Concerto for Piccolo FlutePaul Stanhope: "Concerto for Piccolo Flute and Orchestra",
Dedicated to Andrew Macleod icon_out
Principal Piccolo of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
with the piccolo A. Braun #726
  • I.Hymn 1:57
  • II.from Scherzo/Cadenza 2:54
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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"Small flute" / piccolo flute down to low c¹

Is a conical Piccolo and has the same noted range as on the concert flute.


Braun small flute
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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.

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Cylindrical Piccolo / Piccolo flute down to low c¹

Looking for the best sounding C-foot Piccolo (already awaited by Th.Boehm) also a cylindrical variant was designed and built successfully.

Braun cylindrical piccolo
Scale Patent: DE 198 10 520 & DBGM 298 04 326
However, the cylindrical Piccolo is the conical far inferior. Most peculiar in:
  • timbre / richness of tone
  • tonal balance in all three registers and
  • tonal integration in the orchestra / woodwind.
achtungBecause of these disadvantages, we have not included it in our production !

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Sound sample: "small flute" in the Symphony Orchestra
Schostakowitsch Symphonie Nr.8 Dmitri Schostakowitsch Symphonie Nr.8
c-Moll op.65
Berliner Philharmoniker, Andris Nelsons
16.Okt.2010
1:43 min. aus 2.Satz Allegretto
Mahler Symphonie Nr.2 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
 

Sound samples: "small flute" Solo and with piano
PICCOLO POLKAS
  • Johannes Donjon (1839-1912)
    Rossignolet (orig.for flute)
    3:07

 Excerpts from the CD "PICCOLO POLKAS"
  Peter Verhoyen - piccolo flute down to low c: A.Braun #854
  Stefan DE Schepper-piano
  Peter Verhoyen is principal piccolo at the Royal Flanders Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • Vasile S. Jianu (1904-1968
    Preludiu & Rigaudon (orig.for flute)
    5:03

  Vlad A.Colar - piccolo flute down to low c: A.Braun #967
  Roxana Ardeleanu - piano (grand piano Steinway & Sons D-274)

•  More Sound Samples et al a Sonatina dedicated by the composer G. Mãlãncioiu to
  Vlad A.Colaris Soloflute & Piccolo with the Banatul Philharmonie Orchestra in Timișoara
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      Stephen Hough (b.1961) "Un Piccolo Sonatina" for piccolo solo (2007)

BROKEN BRANCHES
  • 1.Allegretto 0:54
  • 2.Andante 1:17
  • 3.Vivace molto ritmico 0:46

  Excerpt from the CD "BROKEN BRANCHES"
  Michael Hasel - piccolo flute down to low c :A.Braun #841
  Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet  icon outlink


 
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Specification for Braun Piccolos:

Grenadilla/African blackwood head and body:
  • 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

 

Braun piccolo headjoint
Headjoint with modified-wave embouchure.
Wood:

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
Braun pads
 
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

Braun gold-plated piccolo
Special models, such as instruments with lupe13 gold-plated mechanism icon_out,  open G-sharp key or other customised features can be planned and manufactured.

Braun piccolo with open g-sharp
Piccolo with open G-sharp

Braun piccolo with open g-sharp
Piccolo with open G-sharp and with inverted B-Bb thumb lever
Pitch

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.

Customising

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.

Accessories

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®
platz halterMade in Germany

Picard leather cover
 
 
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