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    Trumpet or cornet choices

    My principal horn is a euph, but I'm thinking of adding a trumpet or cornet to my collection -- for an occasional diversion and maybe some church performances. I like the less brassy and mellow tone of the cornet over the trumpet. My price range would be up to $1,000. Any recommendations on a good value horn in the $600 to 1k range? Thanks for any advice.

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    Additionally, could be used or new.

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    Are you on Facebook? I suggest checking out this group:

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1514385745525221

    The discussion there is specifically on cornets. You can quickly pick up on some nice older cornets that may show up on the used marketplace. Or you could post some questions there.
    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
    Euphonium Soloist, U.S. Coast Guard Band, retired
    Adams Artist (Adams E3)
    Alliance Mouthpiece (DC4)
    YouTube: dwerden
    Facebook: davewerden
    Twitter: davewerden
    Instagram: davewerdeneuphonium

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    Thnx, I'll check it out.

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    I started on trumpet in 5th grade, then went to baritone/euphonium in junior high. I recently obtained a bugle (nice one) and a cornet. I bought a new John Packer cornet from DF Music, Inc. Out of Chicago I think. I paid in the neighborhood of $700, but you can get models for more or for less. I am quite satisfied with the purchase. Came with a nice case also. And I still sort of suck on trumpet (cornet), but not quite as bad as when I first started. I had a real trumpet player play it, and he said it was a pretty nice horn. So, there you go, several models available in the $600 to $1,000 range and pretty good horns.
    John Morgan
    The U.S. Army Band (Pershing's Own) 1971-1976
    Adams E3 Custom Series Euphonium, Wessex EP-100 Dolce Euphonium, 1956 B&H Imperial Euphonium
    Adams TB1 Tenor Trombone, Yamaha YBL-822G Bass Trombone
    Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band, Ocala, FL (Euphonium)

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    Oh, and the good news: a cornet can actually play a pedal C without a lot of effort, whereas a trumpet wants to be VERY flat on pedal C.
    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
    Euphonium Soloist, U.S. Coast Guard Band, retired
    Adams Artist (Adams E3)
    Alliance Mouthpiece (DC4)
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  7. I am a huge fan of Carol Brass for higher brass--either the Carol stuff itself or the ACB/Fultone specced "Manchester Brass", which is made in the same factory.
    Lots of options for sound palette with the Carol line. The Manchester is something of a Greatest Hits package at a slightly lower price.
    Several boutique trumpet builders/makers start with Carol valve blocks. They are on par with Getzen, Bauerfeind (Adams) IMO.
    They are about $800-1200 new, and don't hold value on the used market all that well because lots of people don't know who they are.

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    Thanks to all, helpful thoughts

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