Schilke Cornet

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  1. Tootsall

    Tootsall Fortissimo User

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    music matters Pianissimo User

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    Hi Ed,

    It looks great but I bet your Cornet has a more true Cornet tone. I Love my B1 trumpet and was at Phil Parkers and they had the same Schilke XA1 Cornet so I thought I would just give it a play. I used a nice deep funnel shaped Warburton mouthpiece and was shocked at how bright it sounded for a Cornet. Coming from the traditaional British Brass Bands it just wasn't the sound I like from a Cornet, but it may appeal to many.
    Have you played one?

    Of course intonation, valves etc all top class as per Schilkes!

    Best regards
    Graham.
     
  3. Tootsall

    Tootsall Fortissimo User

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    No, I'm afraid I have never played a Schilke cornet. I can easily believe that they are probably on the bright side for a shep. crook horn but I think that would make them perhaps a better tonal fit for a full concert band. Since I don't "do" brass band (probably because there isn't one in this neck of the woods), I don't think it would be that much of a drawback.

    Having said that I agree that the Getzen is nice and dark... saves me from having to carry a flugel to band too! (There is just something about that Eterna with a Sparx m/p on it!). Our CB did a short piece last year called "Clarinets Allegro" and the accompaniment is primarily for 1st cornet. The Getzen was a great match for the part with it's dark, "woody" tone.
     
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    music matters Pianissimo User

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    Hi Ed,

    I don't have a very good Cornet - a Besson 600 (the valves are poor and the intonation is not very good) but it has quite nice tone and sentimental value as I bought it with the monet y my Grandma left me when she passed away and it was a fitting thing to but as she was musical.

    Anyway to get to the point! I have two mouthpieces for the Cornet - bothe GR with 3 rims to match my trumpet but one is a number 5 and one a number 7. The 7 is very similar to the Sparx 3 with a big v shape volume but has the rim I want. This is ideal for British Brass Band sound etc. The #5 is like a deep orchestral trumpet C shape and whilst I don't use this much I would imagine it would blend very well in a Concert Band. What Sparx are you using - I believe they do one called a soloist which I think is similar to the 5 I play from GR. They have all the comparisons of Sparx to Gr on the GR website.

    Best regards
    Graham.
    PS - Leigh is currently making my new Flugel so I don't know how often I willplay the cornet once that arrives!
     
  5. Tootsall

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    Yes, I discovered Sparx just over a year ago. Bought a #4 for the Getzen after fighting with a Wick 4 for some time (I liked the sound but it didn't feel right at "my" range extremes and of course gave me an endurance problem). After I decided I really liked the Sparx I then went to Bruce Lee and told him what I felt I needed on trumpet (and why) and he recommended the GR Custom series for me. I have both the 66*** and 66**. The *** is a nice match for the Eclipse MR and the ** works very well on my Schilke. I sent the *** off to Toronto and Happy Canuck (thanks again, Bill) took care of getting it gold plated for me. The ** is now on it's merry way to Toronto for the same treatment.

    But I certainly agree with you that the GR/Sparx series is a really nice way to go... might not work for everyone but it's sure "my cup of tea"!
     

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