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I have now played the cornet for Roberts Bakery Band for 3 years and have played the cornet sinse the age of 8. Playing the cornet give me alot of satisfaction as it is not too small and can easly be transported to those wonderful concerts. People who are wondering if they should start a brass instrument should think 'if they have time to watch the TV they have time to play a cornet'. I play a Courtois instrument that the Fodens band play on. After getting a little experience on the cornet you can join a Brass Band. This is a wonderful social item as there are the annual contests and the Whit Friday marches that take place every year. If you still have thoughts if to play a brass instrument of a cornet. give me an email and i will takle any problems or questions that you have for me. Keep Practising!!
I have been playing the cornet for a long time now. Longer than I care to admit even to myself. In all of that time my dream machine has always been the Boosey and Hawkes Sovereign. The first one I actually had was not a cornet but a Flugel. Beautiful instrument but not really the subject of this opinion. My first Sovereign cornet came into my grubby mitts only 3 years ago. The band I joined then had just re-equipped with some nasty French pretend instruments (Courtois or some such thing). As a consequence, they had lots of older instruments available and I was presented with my first Sov cornet. As with nearly all Boosey brass instruments the valves worked well. Totally reliable and with a lovely feel. The tone was far better than anything I had played before with the possible exception of an older Besson (another B+H instrument anyway). Tuning never seemed to need touching and, of course, it had triggers for first and third valves. Considering it was far from new, the finish was very good although not helped by having been polished by previous users. Having moved house last year I joined another band before Christmas. Glory be, I managed to blag an almost new Widebore Sovereign. My first reaction was shock. I am amazed by the sheer power of the thing. It is so good it seems to improve almost anybody's playing ability. High notes seem easier to achieve, and soft playing feels more controlled. The tonal qualities are better than anything I have played before. Triggered slides move very easily and quickly. The valves are well up to Boosey's usual standards although they do tend to stick occasionally as they bed in. The finish is still perfect as I never use anything more abrasive than washing up liquid when cleaning. I guess you might think from all this that I like Sovereigns. You had better believe it. I for one would not dream of buying anything foreign as long as Boosey keep producing instruments like this.