Yamaha YPC-62 Piccolo Review

Yamaha YPC-62 Piccolo

Yamaha YPC-62 Piccolo

The Yamaha YPC-62 piccolo is an all wood piccolo designed to meet the technical requirements of professional music pieces, but easy enough to play for the transitional skill player (moving up!), or the professional doubler (flute and piccolo player). The Yamaha YPC-62 also comes in at a relatively low price for a professional quality piccolo, making this piccolo one of BIG’s top rated professional piccolos!

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Features


The Yamaha YPC-62 is crafted out of Grenadilla wood, a standard for professional orchestral settings. If your skills can handle the wave cut headjoint, you can upgrade your piccolo to YPC-62R; otherwise, stick to the traditional headjoint. It has undercut tone holes (nice, less worries of things breaking) and the nickel-silver keys and posts are durable and inexpensive (in comparison to a sterling silver option). The keys of the YPC-62 piccolo have a concave contour with ribbed key post, and precise key placement, all factors that makes this piccolo easy to play.

  • Grenadilla wood body and headjoint produces an orchestra quality sound
  • Traditional headjoint with optional Wave cut headjoint
  • Undercut tone holes provides excellent intonation
  • Silver plated nickel-silver keys and posts add durability

Yamaha YPC-62 Piccolo Overview

Used by professionals in orchestras worldwide.

A long-time favorite of professional musicians, the Yamaha YPC-62 piccolo can be found in many of the best  orchestras worldwide. Available with the new "Wave" cut headjoint (model YPC-62R) that offers a very gratifying response and a wider dynamic range. The YPC-62 offers a high degree of hand-craftsmanship for excellent intonation and playability, a must for the discerning professional piccolo player. 

Fine key work eases transition from intermediate to professional piccolo.

The Yamaha Company has a reputation for crafting quality instruments with pleasing tones and the Yamaha YPC-62 is no different. Concave and ribbed shaped keys along with precise placement makes this professional piccolo an easy transition from intermediate instruments to professional ones.

Stainless steel springs a little stiff but durable.

Stainless steel springs are known to be a little stiff and not as responsive as more expensive alloy springs. They are very durable though and help keep the cost of this piccolo reasonable.

Professional quality at an affordable price.

The Yamaha YPC-62 is a professional piccolo that is designed for quality of sound but uses some less expensive materials to keep the price down. In particular, Yamaha uses stainless steel springs and neoprene bumpers for durability and economy on this piccolo. The Yamaha YPC-62 piccolo is perfect for the skilled hand of college students, doublers, and even small ensemble players.

Pros

  • Yamaha quality
  • Easy to play
  • Concave contoured keys with ribbed key post
  • Durability
  • Affordable pro piccolo

Cons

  • ​Response time of stainless steel springs
  • ​Primarily for indoor use

Getting Jazzy with a Yamaha YPC-62 Piccolo

Jazz musician John Troy plays a selection from Three Little Words on a Yamaha YPC-62R piccolo...pretty cool! 

Customer Reviews

... Simply superb!

The key work is what we have grown to expect from Yamaha - simply superb! The addition of the split-e allows the player super easy production of the third octave E!

Yamaha piccolos have a strong reputation for quality.

This piccolo plays with a lovely soothing and rich tone in all registers, and the high notes play with amazing ease (!!) (I can't say this about most piccolos)… If/when you buy a piccolo, it's a good idea to listen before you buy, as each one plays differently. Yamaha piccolos have a strong reputation for quality.


I'm really satisfied with the purchase...

I bought this piccolo for one of the pipers of the band and I'm really satisfied with the purchase. It is an instrument that, compared with other brands and models, it is relatively easy to sound, thus, avoiding the frustration that some amateur musicians may have when they change from first flute to piccolo.

Straight or Wave Cut Headjoint?

The straight head joint is said to be easier to play in some regards than the Wave cut head joint but more difficult in others.  Articulation is reportedly easier with the Wave headjoint but it requires a little more air support as the head has a higher wall to blow against.  Wave head joints are known to have a more mature sound and a stronger projection, characteristics that are sought after in an orchestra setting. If you are not sure which headjoint to get, try them both out! You can always pick-up a second headjoint later on.

Summary

The Yamaha YPC-62 is a favorite amongst college students, doublers and professionals alike. The headjoint and body are carefully crafted and seasoned out of Grenadilla Wood, creating warm overtones, (a quality most orchestras require). Special attention has been placed on intonation and the position of the keys, making this piccolo easy to play. This superior piccolo can be found playing in the top orchestras over the world. A quality piccolo set and reasonable price, The Yamaha YC-62 will bring enjoyment to audiences for years to come.

The outstanding quality and value of the Yamaha YPC-62 earn a BIG 5.0 stars!

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