Cornets for Brass Band: A Top Ten List?

I have been thinking about Brass Band cornets lately. Of the current cornets made today, what would be a reasonable "top ten" list?

I know many people have their favorites. But if you had to select a 2nd or 3rd choice (on down to 10th) what would it be? I would love to get a top ten list for comparison sake.

Feel free to list your favorite and with as many others as you like that you have or would consider.

M&C
 
Here is one list given to me:

Lawler (large bore, red brass bell)
Smith-Watkins
Besson Prestige
Besson Sovereign (large bore, especially the older models)
Yamaha Maestro (I believe only available in the U.K.)
Getzen 800 (large bore)
Getzen 3850
Kanstul (large bore/shepherd's crook)
Courtois


Thoughts?

M&C
 

neiltwist

Active Member
can't give you much discussion, but my favourite was the besson sovereign 926, or 928-GS, but can't remember which!
 

jameshowell

Active Member
1. Taylor Zeus, large bore, satin gold finish, more options than I can list (or afford! :( )

2. Taylor Orpheus, ML bore, satin gold finish, more options than I can list (or afford! :( )

3. Smith Watkins

4. Schilke, more so for Eb than Bb

5. Besson Prestige, large bore, bright silver plate

6. Besson Sovereign 928, large bore, bright silver plate - but an OLDER model

7. Courtois

8. Bach Stradivarius, large bore, bright silver plate w/ gold plate kit and gem finger buttons and bell engraving :wink:

9. Courtois

10. Yamaha Maestro
 
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