My first ever cornet (albeit borrowed) was a boosey + hawkes sovereign = I had it when I was 10 years old! I thought I was the main man in practice, with all the triggers and stuff! Although I can't remember how good it was, I do remember my teacher at the time (the late R.D. (Bob) Morgan) saying it was one of the best cornets around. Another senior member of our band agrees with this. The old B + H sovereigns seem very popular with the older members of the band, and fair play, they have the experience to back up their opinions. I now play a Yamaha Maestro + have tried my mates Besson sovereign; I definately prefer the sovereigns tone + its a bit easier to play in the higher register. However, valves on the Yamaha (in this example anyway) are heaps better.