Trumpet Cornet - the Difference

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  1. trumpetsplus

    trumpetsplus Fortissimo User

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    Thought I'd put this one together. Some information (which is different to popular belief) and some opinion.

    Cornet vs Trumpet
     
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  2. J. Jericho

    J. Jericho Fortissimo User

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    Thanks for that, Ivan. You've cleared up a lot of conjecture with facts and explained the true differences between the two.
     
  3. therealnod

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    Except that it doesn't, and it has nothing to do with the distance from the bell to the player's ear.
    I'm not trying to be a dick, but this is the third consecutive blog you've posted that is some kind of BS. I don't know what it is, and I believe you mean well and are educated, and that leaves me confused.
     
  4. J. Jericho

    J. Jericho Fortissimo User

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    Have you checked out Ivan's website Home ? He does have a bit more personal knowledge of trumpet construction than most trumpet players.
     
  5. therealnod

    therealnod Pianissimo User

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    How could I not check his "home" as he doesn't just post the write-up here, he links directly to it which pops into a new tab. That's not sharing so much as pimping. Just since I've been here there have been two linked articles about the supposed failings of musical notation and now some misinformation about how a cornet sounds "brighter" than a trumpet. I find this hard to ignore, whatever someone knows about instrument construction. I don't make them, I play them.
     
  6. trumpetsplus

    trumpetsplus Fortissimo User

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    Apparently some irony in my writing has been misunderstood. Following the KISS principle, I have reworded one section.
     
  7. TrumpetMD

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    I think most of us understood the irony. But the clarification can't hurt.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Mike
     
  8. gordonfurr1

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    Thank you for "ironying" out the irony for ironheads.
    Do you think the extra 360 degrees of turn is mostly responsible for the cornet difference in sound?
    I realize most of what we 'Mercans call "cornets" are not really what cornets originally were a hundred+ years back...but are almost clones of trumpets in design and sound now.
    What about the extra turns in a pocket trumpet?
     
  9. trumpetsplus

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    Very good question which I have been thinking about for some time. I do not know.
     
  10. Dale Proctor

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    I'll add the there's a bit more "connicalness" on many cornets due to a stepped tuning slide (the slide diameter increases as you follow it downstream). The cornet also starts out smaller at the mouthpiece, since it tapers to a smaller diameter at its end.

    If curves alone determined how an instrument sounds, then a pocket trumpet would be more mellow than a cornet, which isn't the case.
     

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