Looking for a new cornet

Discussion in 'Horns' started by cobragamer, Sep 4, 2008.

  1. cobragamer

    cobragamer Pianissimo User

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    Anyone have a good idea of a good cornet that I could buy. Right now I
    have the yamaha xeno but it upperregister is really tight and not free breathing. I heard some vintage conns where good but what about some others
     
  2. Mr. Stomvi

    Mr. Stomvi Pianissimo User

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    What is your budget ?

    What type of music are you looking to play with your cornet (jazz, dixie, brass band, solo, orchestral, etc...) ?

    What cornet players do you like or listen to alot ?

    How many hours a week do you play cornet ?

    The above questions will help us help you.
     
  3. A.N.A. Mendez

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    Lot of buzz lately about the various vintage Olds cornets from the 1930s-40s....
    Might want to look into one of those? Great horns.
     
  4. VetPsychWars

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    There are also a couple of Buescher 400 cornets on ebay at the moment. Everyone who's played mine thought it was outstanding.

    Tom
     
  5. trumpetnick

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    Xeno cornet are usually of good quality, though they tend to have too bright sound for my taste. It may be wiser to let a tech check your cornet. There may be an alignement or other issues that can be solved, so you would not need a new cornet. Or maybe it is not the horn's fault...
     
  6. Sterling

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    I have a Bach Strad 184 large bore short model cornet that is my favorite horn. Whenever I get tired or jaded playing trumpet, this horn puts me back in line. I also just got a Conn Director coprion bell cornet circa 1960 which I'm putting through its' paces. It is almost like a small flugelhorn when using a Monette Flumpet mouthpiece.
     
  7. brunets

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    I have a Getzen Capri cornet which I totally love. However, I don't know what you exactly call the "upper register" but keep in mind that a cornet isn't made for screaming à la Maynard Ferguson... ;)

    Stéphane
     
  8. brunets

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    In another price range than my Getzen Capri, you might also consider these options:

    NYTC GS Cornet
    Taylor Cornets
    Smith-Watkins Cornets

    Stéphane
     
  9. Dale Proctor

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    If you don't mind playing an "intermediate level" cornet and have the patience to look for one, a Conn 76A Connquest short cornet from the 1960's is a killer horn, especially in the upper register. It's really easy to play and has a big sound (.485 bore), and shares the same unique tubing configuration of the Olds Recording cornet. I also have a Bach 184 large bore short cornet - it's a better cornet than the Conn, but takes more effort in the upper register.
     
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2008
  10. cobragamer

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    I play in a british style brass band and a wind band that plays 1800s and earlt 1900s traditional music like rosemund and colonol bogey
     

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