Everybody's favorite: One of those Venus piccolos AFTER they didnt have the overly round lip plate(if anyone remembers the earlier piccs that Venus made)! I got one of the 'hit' ones as oppose to the 'miss' ones and it actually plays in tune and has served me well for a few years. I think Im going to upgrade (possibly) to a Pearl though.
I bought a Burkart Resona last October. It's gonna get it's debut in "A Chorus Line" this March. This may sound odd, but I cannot wait to get this thing in a performance situation.
A side note: I tried this horn next to a Burkart Professional and a Hammig, and the Resona sounded the same as the Professional, and I felt sounded better than the Hammig. I think it could become a new standard.
I'm not laughing. I had the top Gemeinhardt, Yamaha 62, Hammig, and dumped them all for a $100, cylindrical bore Artley, which I used for many years on countless recordings. Fabulous sound and intonation. The only pic I liked as much was Jerry Dodgeon's Haynes.
I don't have much occasion to play picc these days, so I never seriously sought one out, but....
Not too long ago I saw a picc in the back of a junk case wrapped in plastic wrap. I couldn't make out the name, but the case looked suspiciously nice, so I asked to see it. A Philipp Hammig 650-3, in mint condition, from the 90s. $250.
I couldn't get the money out of my pocket fast enough. Lovely, plays effortlessly right to the top of octave 3.