I am the proud owner of a Wild Thing Cornet, bought about three months ago and have been blowing it in since then .... I just about have the throws freely moving. I have resisted the temptation of posting until now to give myself an honest chance at assessing the claims that many make about this intrument called a Wild Thing. Over a couple of decades I have played on Shilke, Kanstul, Yamaha Maestro, Sovereign (several), Getzen as well as the 8Z Benge. I also blew on a Zeus Guarnerius and found this to be a fine instrument for price but it reminded me of a Kanstul cornet that one of my students blows. (I think we should call a thing what it is and not rebadge a Ford and then call it a Mazda.) Anyhow I decided to get a new cornet last year, having played a Yamaha Maestro for about 7 years .... I felt I had reached a barrier to my level of playing that I couldn't get past despite massive amounts of daily practise. A friend of mine ( a Zeus dealer) allowed me to play on his recently purchased WLID THING and I decided on the spot I must have one. The look alone of it almost sold me. A fine looking piece of machinery. Quality plus! I blew it and was impressed as well. Anyway ... long story short .... after receiving mine, I noticed immediate endurance improvement as well as range improvement .... I used to stuggle with a D above the staff and now I struggle with the G above that (F nice and clear). I should explain that us Aussie cornet players tend to play deep cup mouthpieces that produce a dark velvety cornet sound. The mouthpiece that I use is a 16 E Yamaha that came with my old instrument. I also play on a Bach 1 and notice a considerable boost in projection and power when I use this mouthpiece to the point where I can get over 30 other people playing. But the sound is condierably thinner and because I play in a brass band .... quality/richness of sound is an important factor. I would like to hear from someone about what mouth pieces are available with a set up similar to the Bach 1 but with a cup size deeper .... perhaps a compomise between the two of them as the 16E is starting to border on the sound of a Flugel (with a proper Flugel mouthpeice).