the cornet is in fact a more "intimate" instrument. I played a Taylor medium bore cornet about 6 months ago. It knocked my socks off. Free blow, the sweetest sound on the planet, in tune and FUN! Not something to knock walls down, but something to cuddle up with when tackling a Carnival!
The bell being close to the ear does have a lot to do with it! The "extreme" conical bore too!
There is a Santa by the way, he has just been mutated by the internet generation into something much less desirable! During the times where affluence was not such a big issue, he represented hope and anticipation and wishes that could perhaps come true especially for kids that were not so well off.
I gave some stem cells for a girl with leukemia last month. It looks like she is going to make it. Santa has been good to us!