I started playing 3 years ago after a break of 22 years. I used to play trumpet and long model Bach Strad cornet. I have settled on brass band and am now practising seriously again. I now want to try and find a cornet to suit but I want to have an extended trial before committing to buy. I bought my Bach's on the basis of a short blow. I loved the cornet but didn't really get on with the trumpet and don't want to make the same mistake again. How do people go about checking instruments out before parting with hard earned cash. I like the sound of the York Eminence and the Prestige.