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Similar to the trumpet and pitched in Bb or Eb, Cornets are popular in both brass and concert bands.

Part of the trumpet and flugel horn family, Cornets produce a more mellow sound due to their tightly wrapped tubing and conical bore (bore diameter increases along the instrument). Cornets are the highest pitched instruments in British brass bands but are also sometimes used in concert and wind bands. Suitable for players of all ages, cornets are lightweight, easy to hold and simple to maintain.

Student cornets should be suitable for most players for the first 2 to 3 years and will feature basic components. Step up models and pro level instruments will feature 1st and 3rd trigger for ease of tuning with higher end models being hand crafted using the finest materials. These might include high grade rose or gold brass. Prices range from roughly £165 for a student level JP071 Bb Cornet to £2,700 for a professional standard Smith-Watkins Artiste. Common manufacturers of cornets include Yamaha, Besson, Getzen and JP.


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