Thursday, 27 August 2015

Ingram from Rudall and Rose sold on eBay US

This is only the second or third piccolo I have seen marked Rudall and Rose, even if it was bought in from Ingram (like flutes marked Wylde from Rudall and Rose)
It was in poor condition and sold for around 30 pounds. I forgot to bid and its repairs were beyond my skills. Interesting none the less

Friday, 14 August 2015

McConnells Four Leaf Shamrocks

A quick link to a YouTube of McConnells Four Leaf Shamrocks:

Here is a link that has their setting of Babes in the Woods:

From the comments:

As played by McConnell’s Four Leaf Shamrocks

78 RPM recording, October 25, 1924: Rereleased on Topic’s Irish Dance Music CD. 

Simplest setting yet? Lots of whole notes, no filigrees. Get a load of this lineup: 2 violins, piano, piccolo, bagpipe, cornet, and traps. Just a wonderful record. 

T: Babes In The Wood
S: McConnell’s Four Leaf Shamrocks
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
|: A/B/A/G/ FA | de f2 | ga/g/ fe | df A2 |
A/B/A/G/ FA | de f2 | ga/g/ fe | d4:|
|: ef/e/ ed | ce a2 |ee/e/ ef | ge cA |
ef/e/ ed | ce a2 | e/f/e/d/ cB |A4:|
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Sunday, 19 July 2015

Couple of boxwood sticks.

A Rudall Rose and Carte Bb band flute on now with the above BIN price

         This boxwood one keyed piccolo marked London Improved went for 184 pounds...

All Ivory London Improved D

This beautiful all Ivory piccolo sold on eBay for 250 pounds. Not a bad price I thought.
I would have been in the bidding if I had the dough.....looked relatively crack free as well from the photos....
I don't post all piccolos anymore just those rarer and more interesting ones.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Laurent Piccolo

I found this pic on Facebook of a Laurent glass piccolo.
It also has two lovely companions of boxwood and Ivory.

First Laurent piccolo I've seen......

Thanks to Paul Firmstone for the picture..........

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Henry Potter piccolo photos

Took a chance on another cheap eBay piccolo
It is marked

Henry Potter and Co.
36&38 West Street
Charing + Road

The head has a unicorn mark as well.
It plays well with a huge embouchure hole despite being shortened
And having the tenon replaced.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Micho Russell: Rarities and Old Favourites

Bill Ochs has released a new CD of Micho. It is a fantastic collection of tunes with a lovely booklet.

Track 1 features Micho playing Boil the Breakfast Early on a piccolo. His style is wonderful employing cuts to make brilliant little warbles. On the flute and one piccolo tracks I hear breath phrasing as well as a short tongued attack to the beginning of some notes.
Highly recommended. The piccolo track is magic. Recorded by Seamus Ennis with his mobile recording unit in acetate in 1949 for a radio broadcast. In the background one hears a baby crying. It sets one up for the atmosphere of the full recording.
It is available on iTunes and from here

Monday, 23 March 2015

Nice site with piccolo cylinder recordings.

Here is a nice site to listen to old cylinder recordings.

There are reels and a set of jigs from Frank Mazziotta and George Swcheinfest as well as other interesting novelty pieces etc.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

More Pipeau

I received some more info from Stephen Chambers who I believe runs McNeils now in Clare.

Here is a photo of his collection of these whistles

He also shared this photo of a "Musical Priest " playing a flageolet topped version.


Ok so going off the topic of piccolos in Irish music again, I recently found a Pipeau for sale in France.
These come up in ebay now and again and are french made conical six holes whistles some with flageolet like beaks, fake side blown fipples, or standard whistle heads. They are made of metal or celluloid.
Here is the one I purchased, it's not here yet:
This one is branded Atlas hopefully a D but the seller never gave me dimensions despite my asking.
More to follow...........

Friday, 6 February 2015

Roy Seaman keyless piccolo

I found this photo of a piccolo made by Roy Seaman on Facebook
Perhaps others know more but I believe Roy was involved in designing some 
Important Fife designs in the U.S.
I believe he makes  still very fine conical Boehm piccolos with sterling key work.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Hall Crystal Piccolo

In a thread on Chiff, Michael Eskin updated us on the new model of Hall Crystal piccolos, available in D and C.

Sounds like this newer model is a great improvement over the previous instrument which I never thought played very well.

They are also available in C and D flute and g and f flute.

Here is the Hall website.