Okay so my preference for starting young students on cornets is well doccumented. I have two students who have been with another teacher before me and both of them have two or three bad habits which I believe is linked to playing a trumpet before they are actually strong enough to hold on properly. They have ended up with a trumpet pointed at the floor, and and embouchures which almost tucks the bottom lip inside the top one. (actually they have been to the same peri teacher. One of them after SIX months couldn't play Oh when the saints in C, took me two lessons to get her going on it but that is not the point)
I wonder if and this would rely on someone working with the Chinese (shock horror) is a cheap trumpet could be made with the valve block well back in more of a compact cornet position with the balance allowing children to more easily hold the horn roughly horrizontal while the instrument keeps the look, sound and feel of a trumpet.
Trust me I have seen a lot of horrors recently from horns pointed at the floor to kids bending back so far to keep the instrument up that they must be hurting their back long term to horns pointed at the floor with the head straight and the lips compensating
I would welcome any thoughts on this.