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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000973.txt from 1998/04

From: Grant Green <>
Subj: Re: Sopranino saxophone
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 1998 19:19:36 -0400

At 07:13 PM 4/16/98 -0700, you wrote:
>-----Original Message-----
>From: CoolStu67 <>|He/she was refering to a sopranissimo in
>Bb, not the Eb Sopranino. There is
>|only one Bb sopranissimo made, created by a private citizen. It is one full
>|octave higher than the Bb soprano, making it's highest note Eb7(Yes above
>|flutes highest C), and lowest Db5.
>Ow... pain.
>Just curious, since I don't know much about flutes or piccolos, but is a
>piccolo one octave higher than a concert flute?

Yes, the common size of piccolo is pitched an octave above the C flute.
There are other piccolos in Db and Ab (both pretty rare now), and a few
historical examples of piccolos pitched *two* octaves above the C flute.
The octave piccs apparently have keywork that spaces the keypads out far
enough for one to finger the instrument, controlling pads that are set too
close together for normal human fingers.


BTW, as far as I know, the piccolo has the same range as the flute (an
octave higher). Even I can play the 2nd (written) C above the staff on
picc. Whether you have a *use* for notes that high is a different
matter.... ;-)


Grant D. Green Just filling in on sarrusophone
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