I'd just like to set the record a little straight. Some people have got the idea that I am one of the "Trigger Nazis" for want of a better phrase. In an English Brass Band certainly toward the mid to high levels triggers are regarded as a necesesity. That is not altogether my opinion. I personally prefer triggers to rings because the size of my hands makes manipulating rings and saddles very difficult. It is my belief that triggers are a little quicker than the other option although I have no empirical evidence to back this up.
What has caused the issues is the beliefs of the Brass Band world in this country. When I tell a potential Brass Bander that they need to have a trigger cornet I am trying to give the view from the world that they are looking to enter not to impose my belief or to belittle other instruments. Of course I have played in British Brass Bands and I have my own feelings but that is not the point I am trying to make.
It is a case of culture, the culture of the English Brass Band is that one needs triggers on a cornet and no amount of claiming that rings are just as good is going to change that predjudiced juggernaut.
I hope that goes some way to explaining the situation to those not quite in the know and why I have to give that advice. Even if it is snobbish, wrong and insults the inttrument a given player is using.