Gemeinhardt 4PMH Piccolo Review
The Gemeinhardt 4PMH piccolo is perfect for marching band and is one of BIGs highest rated student piccolos. What stands out about this piccolo is its performance in extreme weather conditions.
I have seen it said many times that the Gemeinhardt 4PMH piccolos perform unusually well in extreme temperatures and humidity, and that its high impact plastic body surpasses many others.
So, in other words, it stands out in durability. If extreme temperatures and humidity (and high impact) are a concern for your student, make the Gemeinhardt 4PMH a contender on your student-piccolo wish list.
The Gemeinhardt 4PMH has a sliver-plated head joint to warm the sound of the plastic composite body, giving it a more mellow tone.
- Silver-plated headjoint with lip plate enhances tone and is easy to play
- Silver-plated Keys enhance look and feel of instrument
- High Impact Plastic body provides durability
- Conical Bore provides solid intonation and great tone quality
- Copper Beryllium Springs provide strength
- Hard-shell Plastic Case helps protect your investment
Gemeinhardt 4PMH Piccolo Overview
Silver-Plated Headjoint & Plastic Body Are a Great Combination
The Gemeinhardt 4PMH is a great piccolo for marching band and all outdoor activities due to the combination of a silver-plated headjoint and high impact ABS resin (plastic) body. The silver-plated headjoint provides the projection need for the marching field and the plastic body makes it very durable. It is known to outperform other piccolos in extreme environments, where humidity and temperatures are a concern.
Conical Bore Produces Great Sound
The Gemeinhardt 4PMH has a conical bore, which is known to produce strong sounds. The copper beryllium springs are a plus, because this alloy is known for its strength with non-magnetic and non-sparking qualities. The high impact plastic used for the body not only increases durability, but also helps in price control. The high impact plastic is easy to work with, easy to paint and glue, is less expensive than silver alloys, and has good dimensional stability, all of which helps efficiency and the consumer’s wallet.
- Versatile in extreme weather
- Durable plastic composite body
- Easy to maintain
- Lip-plate eases transition from flute
- Slightly more expensive than other student piccolos
- Silver plating eventual wears away
- Average intonation
Gemeinhardt 4PMH Piccolo Sound Check
You can get a glimpse of what the Gemeinhardt 4PMH piccolo sounds like in the quick demo provided below.
Great instrument for the price!
I tried this piccolo for a few days to see how it plays & I was very impressed with the sound. For being plastic & silver plated, it plays better than most instruments of the same material. All notes speak out clearly & this piccolo has a very quick response. I recommend this to anyone who is in desperate need for a good priced piccolo, or for anyone who is just starting out. Although, if you are willing to spend a little more & have more experience, I would recommend getting the Gemeinhardt 4S.
I used this for concert and marching band. The plastic body is able to withstand the temperature changes and the silver head makes great sound!
Excellent choice for high school!
My son really loves this piccolo!
Good Piccolo for the Price
There are better quality student-piccolos out there for a much higher price. If you’re deciding between having the best of the best student-level piccolo or none at all, the Gemeinhardt 4PMH is a good, quality compromise between the two choices. This piccolo is a great instrument for its price.
The Gemeinhardt 4PMH is an appropriate piccolo for those students who are concerned with outdoor performances in extreme weather environments. It has a durable composite body that will withstand the demands of marching band, while making maintenance and cleaning a breeze. Set at a reasonable price, this student model piccolo with a silver-plated head joint and high impact plastic body makes for a solid choice for the marching band student.
Due to the combined benefits of a silver-plated headjoint with lip-plate, ABS resin body and excellent price BIG gives the Gemeinhardt 4PMH Piccolo 5.0 stars, one of our highest rated student piccolos!