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).
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.