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While a B-flat cornet might look similar to a trumpet, you’ll come to find you have a whole other rich tonal brass instrument on your hands. Cornets are incredibly unique and allow you to take your brass practice even further due to their unique tone. With a little extra know how, you could easily go from playing any brass instrument to mastering the cornet. The B-flat cornet operates exactly the same as a trumpet but has a conical bore, added valves, a different timbre and a much mellower tone. Because of this,this instrument sounds great when paired with a trumpet in an orchestra or jazz ensemble, as it helps round out the more shrill sound of the trumpet. Even played on its own, a cornet still has a great appeal to all fans of brass instruments.
If you’re just starting your cornet playing career, there are a few beginner options that will suit your needs. The Yamaha YCR-2310II or the Kanstul 730 series B-Flat cornets both offer extreme versatility for beginners. With nickel slides that resist corrosion, valve thumb saddles that provide easy intonation adjustments and a durable construction, these cornet models stand up to kids trying to learn the instrument, and gives them the ability to play them easily right from the start.
Once you’re comfortable with your abilities, you might find an intermediate B-flat cornet is more suited to your skill level. Options like the Getzen 3850 Custom Series have everything you need to enhance your skills, from a seamless copper bell for increased response to high-quality trigger valves that give you the ability to play quickly and easily. When your fingering quickens, you’ll want an instrument that responds quickly so an intermediate level B-flat cornet is your best bet.
Professional cornet players will find a range of options available here, depending on what your preferred features are. Looking for a comfortable and controllable trigger? Then the Yamaha YCR-8335 is probably the one for you. Want ensure you can blow freely without resistance? Then the Besson BE2028 Prestige Series offers this quality perk. All professional series B-flat cornets are made with superior quality materials so you know they will be in your life for many years to come.
B-flat cornets are a great way to start out or continue on with your musical brass career. The mellow tone and powerful projection are easily welcome additions to any musical arrangement, ensemble or orchestra. If you hone your skills, you are sure to become a much sought after musician.