I personally prefer my cornets to be the audible bridge between trumpets and flugels. While Yamahas do make nice general purpose instruments, there's little doubt that the Sovereign has the darker qualities I seek from a pure cornet.Anonymous said:.
ii) TONE - The Sov has a slightly richer tone that the Yamaha. The Yamaha is brighter and ever so ever so slightly heading for a more trumpety sound.
- PLAYING QUIETLY - I can play more quieltly on the Sov. I think the responsiveness of the Yamaha makes it want to burst into life even when you are trying to play quietly. Also the brighter tone cuts through.
- PLAYING LOUDLY - I can play much more loudly and in tune on the Sov - in fact I struggle to blow the Sov to the point where it goes out of tune. However the Yamaha can play loud, but if you overblow it, it goes sharp. I know my Sov is a Large Bore, but I am not sure what the Yamaha is (it has MLH stamped on the valves inside).
Can't believe people don't include the old sovereigns (Boosey and Hawkes not Besson) in this poll...They are heaps heaps better than most Besson Sovs..More robust...Great tone...The valves (the ones on mine at least) are very durable and smooth...Does anyone else agree on this or is it just me?iggmeister said:I tried a Courtois once and wasn't impressed at all. Very heavy and hard work for little reward.
I play on a maestro but I would say that the best cornet I played on was an old sovereign, (made about 1985).
In my experience, sovereigns are very hit and miss, with there being more miss than hit. However, a good sovereign is brilliant so long as you can find one. I tried out about 5 sovereigns before I bought the one that is my own!
Maestros seem to be more consistent and virtually all that I have had a go on were okay.
Dont know much about the prestige but it looks like a gimmick to me. Lots of money for something which you would become reliant upon i.e. the trigger. However, I haven't played one so I am speaking merely from first impressions.