A question for all the instructors in the forum.... Why are cornets not acceptable for learning on. Is it just simply that the instrument rental programs don't offer them and therefore band directors/instructors just stick with the trumpet? I ask for this reason... I buy a lot of old student model trumpets and other brass for donation to high poverty schools (New Orleans and surrounding area). Since i see cornets going for much much less money than their trumpet counterparts, I had asked the Tipitina's Foundation if cornets were acceptable. They told me they had never received one request for cornets from band directors....ever, and that they also would be able to get instruments in more hands if cornet were used as they also see that cornets are cheaper. Really? Even in the city that started Jazz...on a cornet. I despise the entire instrument rental programs, when i know that for well under $100 i can find quality instruments made long ago and will outlast much of the crap that folks spend their $100s of dollars of "credit" to buy after years of rentals. At least in New Orleans, the kids appreciate any instrument...shiney or not. Lowering the cost of entry (and upping the credit of exiting if the student decides not to pursue by reselling on ebay, etc) seems much more logical than renting junk and then overpaying for more junk. I digress....so what gives on the cornets?