Don Mackrill's Pro Brass Centre the choice of Cornet players worldwide.
Cornets and Trumpets are usually pitched in the key of B♭ as standard , both instruments are nearly identical. However, cornets and trumpets are not entirely interchangeable, as they differ in sound.
Also available, seen mostly in the military or brass band, is an E♭ soprano model, pitched a fourth above the standard B♭. There is usually only one E♭ cornet in a band, adding an extreme high register to the brass band sound. It can be very effective in cutting through the rest of the Cornet section.
Unlike the trumpet, which has a cylindrical bore up until the bell section, the tubing of the cornet has a mostly conical bore, starting very narrow at the mouthpiece and gradually widening towards the bell.
The conical bore of the cornet is primarily responsible for its characteristic warm,round, mellow tone, which can be distinguished from the much brighter sound of the trumpet.
The cornet is often preferred by young beginners as it is easier to hold, with its centre of gravity much closer to the player.
The cornet mouthpiece has a shorter and narrower shank than a trumpet mouthpiece, in order to fit the cornet's smaller mouthpiece receiver. The cup size is often deeper than that of a trumpet mouthpiece.
The traditional cornet, also known as a "Shepherd's crook" shaped model. These are most often large–bore instruments and give a rich mellow sound.
There is also a long-model cornet, usually with a smaller bore and a brighter sound, which is closer to a trumpet and is very popular with jazz bands and concert bands.
The cornet is the leading melodic brass instrument in brass bands, trumpets are never used.
Recommended leading brands are available; Schilke-Bach-Yamaha-Earlham-Elkhart- Eastman -Besson - Challenger
Why Rent a Cornet.
Many parents of children learning for the first time, are understandably unsure of buying until they are more confident that the child will cope with learnin g the instrument, Don Mack's Rental Scheme can provide the ideal introducton to the instrument for a comparatively small outlay. Some advantages of our Rental Scheme are as follows;
* Rent is paid every three months
* No minimum or maximum periods
* If there is a fault with the instrument, it is fixed for FREE.
* If you decide to buy the instrument, you get one rental charge off the price
Vat Free Purchase
Your School or Music Service can obtain instruments VAT-free and often at a substantial dealer's discount too. They are able to do so because "curriculum tools" (i.e. things you use for your work in the school's "offered curriculum") are not liable to VAT. As your school has decided to "offer" instrumental tuition as part of its curriculum (the fact that it is not available to every single pupil in the school is irrelevant; not every pupil takes A-level Maths, but it's still part of the school's curriculum) then provided you are young enough that you will be using the instrument for some years to come, the school does not have to charge you VAT