Is this a good quality Cornet?

Discussion in ' User Reviews' started by _si, Feb 6, 2010.

  1. _si

    _si Member

    Hi all, couldf you please advise me on this cornet? is it worth the money thats being asked? how old is it? is it a quality instrument?

    im also watching these...

    I have a budget of £500 and would rather spend it on an old 'quality' cornet than a 'value' new one. Do any of these instruments fit that bill?
    Cheers :)

    Are there any here that i should cross off my list?
  2. Bayerd

    Bayerd Active Member

    Personally I'd go for the 1970s Sov with the full 'pinky ring'.
  3. _si

    _si Member

    the 70's sov has a buy it now of £500 but i think it would go for maybe 300-400?
  4. andyp

    andyp Active Member

    Definitely. Properly looked after round-stamp Sov will last a lifetime, even if it gets old and tired it's worth spending the money reconditioning one rather than buy new!
  5. WoodenFlugel

    WoodenFlugel Moderator Staff Member

    Yeah, one was on last week that went for that sort of money (sorry deleted it from my watching so I can't say exactly). Interestingly it was the same age as the sov you are watching and the ad has very similar wording - I wonder if its the same cornet relisted?

    I have a 'first edition' sovereign and it is a fantastic instrument - even if it goes for £500 you're getting a cornet that is massively better than new stuff cosing twice as much - basically it's a steal.
  6. tpcornet12

    tpcornet12 Member

    I would also go for the 70s sov. If you paid between 300 and 400 I think you have got a very good deal - probably worth the £500 price tag in my view.
  7. Anno Draconis

    Anno Draconis Well-Known Member

    I'd have the 20 year old sovereign - from the era just before the lottery windfalls started and Besson started making them out of tin foil and bog roll tubes. I've got a 928 from about 1990 and it's a belter, I was going to replace it but tried loads including a Prestige and a Xeno and couldn't find one I liked as much. Instead McQueen's in Swinton reconned my Sov for £250 and it plays like new. I'd pay up to £600 for it as long as I could have a blow on it before bidding. If it needs a recon knock a couple of hundred off, though.

    The 1970s sov would be my second choice but it'll want looking at for the dodgy leadpipe-to-bell repair. I wouldn't spend more than £300, and get it fully reconditioned.

    The Stirling is an OK intermediate instrument, depends what level you're playing at, but the seller's pushing his luck describing it as a "sovereign alternative". The two Imperials are good learners instruments but nothing more, really. Neither of them have triggers, either (I don't think any Imps came with them).

    In any case I wouldn't want to bid on any instrument I hadn't had a go on - you wouldn't buy a car without at least making sure it drove round the block, would you? One other thing worth considering is that you can get a Virtuosi "Regency" cornet new for less than £500 - never had a go on one, but I've heard good things about them...
  8. llewellynd

    llewellynd Member

    Im sure this ws listed a few weeks ago, cant be many with dodgy lead pipe repais, I think it went fot around £385.
  9. _si

    _si Member

  10. Anno Draconis

    Anno Draconis Well-Known Member

    Looks like a decent instrument for that money, nice work. According to the question on the listing it is a 928, similar vintage to mine, so with a bit of TLC I reckon you'll get years out of it.
  11. Aidan

    Aidan Active Member

    Unless you go to the bloke who reconditioned mine :p