I feel like I would need to know more about you before giving equipment advice.
What repertoire do you usually play? I take it you're a jazz guy.
As a beginner, maybe you don't have a group yet. Do you plan on playing with others? It can be a very educational experience for anyone, particularly for a beginner. Is there a community band or similar in your area?
Do you have a teacher/instructor? If not, consider taking just a few lessons to make sure you're not learning bad habits that could hurt your playing as you advance.
For small-group jazz playing, I've seen players make good use of contrast by switching between a trumpet and a flugelhorn. Maybe the same could be achieved with cornet + flugel, but probably less so with cornet + trumpet since the tone is more similar.
If you're aiming to play in a symphonic wind orchestra or marching band, you'd have more use of a trumpet (keep the cornet though, they do show up). In a symphony, it's trumpets all the way, whereas in a brass band it's usually cornets only.
In a big band, you'd be best off with trumpet + flugel, cornet is not an option there either.
Yamaha YTR 8335G, 2010
Bach Stradivarius CL 239, ca 1997
Yamaha 445T rotary C
Carol Brass flugelhorn CFL-6200-GSS-Bb-SLB
Burbank Trumpet by Kanstul Eb/D, 1991
Yamaha YTR 6810 picc
Yamaha YTR 2320, ca 1987
German/Swedish Eb rotary flugelhorn of unknown lineage
Rotary compact Bb, yet unidentified
Yamaha YAH 201S Alto horn
Amati bass trumpet ca 1975
Thanks for your answers, that's very interesting, I didn't know that flugelhorn had such a fame here.
About my Bach 6 mouthpiece, the problem comes from me, with all the instruments I pretend playing, I make them sound loudly and I don't know why, I can be mellow when I can but rarely in tune, well it can happen sometimes. That's why I cannot get the sound I would like yet. Before I used to play with a lot of pressure but now I've understood that I have to kiss the mouthpiece instead of rape it.
In French, a flugelhorn is called a "bugle", that makes sense because a flugel is just a bugle with valves on the other hand a bugle in French is called a "clairon".
The word "luthier" (it comes from "luth", the instrument, that means "lute") in French is for the guy who makes violins, cellos, guitars and repairs them, the right word should be for brass and woodwind instruments, piano, organs and others should be "facteur" but the word means "postman" too, so in order not to make a confusion, they call all of them "luthier".
So I will try to play the cornet a little bit more and will try to "manage" it and then I will buy a flugelhorn but not an expensive one, in these days for me, cheap also means expensive for me !
And yes, you're right, in a section cornet is not played.
You mean that cornet is a "bastard" instrument, not bright enough to be a trumpet and too bright to be a flugelhorn ? That was I think, that's why I chose the cornet at first, to get the characteristics of a trumpet and a flugelhorn, but I was wrong.
Nevermind it's still an instrument, a brass instrument...
But well... The flugelhorn is the solution.
That's how I "play" now.
Then there's the issue of playability - you need a nice deep mouthpiece for the mellow sound, but it means more effort on the other end to get the range. Worth it though. Yet more confusion - do you want a traditional flugel sound or the lighter more jazz variety? Get one though - you'll love it! I doubt you'll find anyone on here who doesn't love his or her flugel!
Bb Trumpets: Yamaha YTR-6335HSII - Flip Oakes "Wild Thing" - 1972 Getzen Eterna "Severinsen" - 1980 Boosey & Hawkes Sovereign Studio - B&S 3005 WTR-L - 1963 Besson 10-10 - Monke Mystery Horn - Spiri Vario
C Trumpet: Inderbinen Alpha 200
Bb Bass: 1961 Holton #58 "Symphony"
Wyrd oft nereð unfågne eorl, þonne his ellen dëah.
"Pypes, trompes, nakers, clariounes, that in bataille blowen blody sounes"
And more accurately "Brasseurs de vent".
We have a lot of them here!
You can't blow it if you haven't lived it.
"Even if I could play like Wynton Marsalis, I wouldn't play like Wynton Marsalis."
Martin Committee (1956)
Connstellation 38B (1959)
LA Benge 3X (1970s)
Hans Hoyer G-10 Geyer Horn
The fact is, it takes years to develop facility and a mature sound on any high brass instrument. Don't throw money at other instruments... yet. Keep playing your cornet, studying with your teacher (you do have one, right?), and practicing. Results will come with time and hard work.
And none of us can tell you what the potential sound quality of you cornet is from a list of specifications. But unless it's a truly bad instrument, I'm sure it can be played with a mellow sound.
J. Notso Nieuwguyski
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