• Sterling Eb Soprano Cornet

    Serial number 751842.
    8 bids
    £15.00 postage
    Ending 23 Apr at 6:36PM BST3d 2h
  • Coppergate Eb Soprano Cornet by Gear4music - FAULTY - RRP £299.99

    Coppergate Eb Soprano Cornet by Gear4music - FAULTY. Higher pitched cornets and trumpets generally suffer from intonation issues, particularly on higher pitched notes. The Coppergate Soprano Cornet has been built to be robust and hard wearing.
    Click & Collect
    £5.99 postage
    or Best Offer
  • Rare Transposing Besson New Standard A & Bb Cornet

    This is a rare transposing A & Bb new standard corner. It comes with documents that provide the instruments purchase history, from the initial enquiry in 1957 to its purchase. To find a cornet of this age and in this condition is rare but to find it with the transposing valve and it’s documentation must be very very rare. The icing on the cake is that this instrument is also in good playing condition.
    16 bids
    £10.00 postage
    Ending Sunday at 9:00PM BST2d 4hBrand: Besson
  • Bach Series 1001 Cornet

    Jazz and also wind band as can fill in for both trumpet and cornet parts. It is classed as a student model but Bach build quality is comparable my pro level Yamaha brass band cornet. Supplied in original case with Bach 7C mouthpiece and Fibre Mute.
    11 bids
    Free postage
    Ending 28 Apr at 1:49AM BST7d 9hBrand: Bach
  • Salvation Army Bandmaster Cornet and Case

    The silver is in remarkable condition and for it's age and I have had it fully serviced so that it plays to a very good standard. It has an original SA Mouthpiece Number544670 and has a Lyre included.
    2 bids
    £12.50 postage
    Ending Today at 6:09PM BST1h 33m
  • Vincent Bach Bb Cornet

    This is an Vincent Bach Elkhart Pro 200CR Bb Cornet not to be confused with the student models in really good condition almost new infact no dents scrapes or significant scratches as you can see in the photos . Valves and slides work perfectly as do the 1st and 3rd valve tuning triggers. Happy to demonstrate to purchaser. A great cornet with a rose gold lead pipe, beautiful warm tone, makes even me sound better than average ! Postage to uk mainland will be £12.00 to be added to final bid price
    1 bidEnding Sunday at 6:29PM BST2d 1hCollection in personBrand: Bach
  • Cornet Boosey & Hawkes imperial 1969

    This is a Good old Silver plated Cornet Boosey & Hawkes Imperial model made in 1969. No dings but it has suffered badly from silver plate deterioration hence the valve section guard but it still shows other areas of wear.
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  • Besson international cornet

    This is my Besson International cornet it's not mint it has 3 very minor dents on the Bell and main pipe tried to show in pictures. It has first and third slide triggers and all slides and valves work as they should. It comes with a Dennis wick mouthpiece No4, valve oil, and a chord case with lots of compartments and concealed shoulder strap. The cornet has a beautiful sound as you would expect because its next generation was the besson sovereign. This is a professional instrument of fantastic quality and sound but sadly I play it less and less and would like someone else to enjoy the fun that I have had with it.
    1 bid
    £20.00 postage
    Ending Saturday at 4:28PM BST23h 52mBrand: Besson
  • Yamaha Bb Cornet YCR4330G

    Yamaha Bb Cornet for sale, excellent condition, two small dints near mouth piece (can be viewed on photos) but does not affect sound. All valves and tuning slides un-seized. Produces a great sound, and excellent for beginners or performance level.
    2 bids
    £12.00 postage
    Ending Sunday at 8:31PM BST2d 3hBrand: Yamaha
  • Besson Prestige Lightweight Caps

    Besson Prestige lightweight valve caps and bottoms. Suitable for cornets and tenor horns. These are used caps and some of the plating is a little worn. One bottom has marks where previous owner used pliers to remove (I have tried to show the worst of this in the third photograph).
    0 bids
    £2.95 postage
    Ending Sunday at 9:26PM BST2d 4hBrand: Besson
  • Wright & Round’s Music Books

    1 very old Wright and Round’s “ Amateur Band Teachers Guide and Bandsman’s Adviser” Interesting insight into early Brass Banding systems and theories. Complete scales,exercises & studies. Hope there is an interested party who will save these.
    2 bids
    £2.60 postage
    Ending Sunday at 7:50PM BST2d 3h
  • hanson jpl brass cornet

    Hi spotless JPL brass cornet as new used by my daughter couple of times comes with case cleaning cloth oil and white gloves cost £150 .2
    5 bids
    £5.05 postage
    Ending Sunday at 4:20PM BST1d 23h
  • Tromba Plastic Bb Cornet - Black and Gold

    They are also very light and that makes a huge difference if you are gigging all night or marching or I if you are young and just starting out. Precise but warm tone. Manufacturer's Black Plastic Mouthpiece.
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  • Virtuosi Bb Cornet, Excellent condition - Used

    Virtuosi Bb Cornet.
    0 bids
    £12.00 postage
    Ending Saturday at 12:00PM BST19h 24m
  • Brass Cornet - echo - Great condition! - With original hardcase and mouthpiece

    Bought this cornet a couple years back and only got a few uses out of it, hence selling. It’s in good condition, besides a slight dent on the tip of the bell and occasional stiffness in the 3rd valve, all is in working order and ready to sell! Comes with original hard case and silver mouthpiece. This corner is perfect for beginners :)
    0 bids
    £5.50 postage
    Ending 25 Apr at 6:00PM BST5d 1h
  • New listingHarry Mortimer Cornet Mouthpiece

    Rare Harry Mortimer Besson Cornet Mouthpiece for sake in silver. The Mouthpiece is in a clean but used condition. There are a number of scratches and surface wear on the rim. Grab a piece of brass band history. Thanks.
    0 bids
    £1.64 postage
    Ending 26 Apr at 5:43PM BST6d 1hClick & Collect
  • Sonata Cornet & Case

    7 bidsEnding Sunday at 7:04PM BST2d 2hCollection in person
  • Blessing USA Cornet Original Case & Mouthpiece

    Blessing Cornet Very good condition. "very well; set up guitar and sounds great. Ottima comunicazione!
    Click & Collect
    £10.00 postage
    Brand: Blessing
    or Best Offer
  • New listingUsed Condition Belton Brass Cornet & Case.

    The cornet is in used condition. Lacquer worn in places. Valves good not sticking. No leaks. With mouth piece. Has it's original carry case.
    1 bid
    £13.00 postage
    Ending 29 Apr at 7:05PM BST9d 2h
  • BOOSEY & HAWKES B&H 400 Cornet In ABS Case With 7C Mouthpiece - B69

    Boosey Hawkes 400 Cornet. With 7c Mouthpiece. As the UK's number one heart charity, the cutting edge research we fund has already made a big difference to people's lives. In ABS case. In good condition, the 3rd valve was sticking a little when received.
    14 bids
    £4.95 postage
    Ending 24 Apr at 9:34PM BST4d 4hBrand: Boosey & Co
  • Cornet

    This is a lovely well maintained Cornet, I’ve not had it long but have cleaned and oiled the valves thoroughly during the time since being given it as a gift. I have even given it a good service for this sale. The case is ok, but one of the locks doesn’t lock, but the other is fine so no problems carrying it around. It comes with a full bottle of valve oil, slider grease and silver polish.
    15 bids
    £5.05 postage
    Ending Saturday at 6:22PM BST1d 1hBrand: Lark
  • Sonora cornet

    German Sonora cornet, good valves and slides (move easily). Lacquered and a couple of light dints. Solid case. Cash on collection.
    0 bidsEnding 24 Apr at 2:02PM BST3d 21hCollection in person
  • Cornet supplied by Boosey & Hawkes

    This is a B & H 400 cornet supplied by Boosey & Hawkes but Czech made. All slides and valves move well and it plays fine. With case and mouthpiece included. There are a couple of small dings but a lot of the lacquer has chipped off so it doesn't look great.
    Free postage
  • New listingCornet - "Sonata" student cornet, brass, musical instrument

    Used cornet with hard case. All good condition.
    0 bids
    £25.00 postage
    Ending 26 Apr at 6:46PM BST6d 2h
  • Superb Jupiter Cornet in Silver Plate B-flat 

    Superb Jupiter Cornet in Silver Plate. This b-flat Cornet come in its case with mouth piece and is in full working order. Please ask if you have any questions.
    0 bids
    £11.00 postage
    Ending Sunday at 8:30PM BST2d 3hBrand: Jupiter
  • Besson Sovereign BE928-1 Bb Cornet-Plays Beautifully-Lacquer Finish

    Besson Sovereign BE928 Bb Cornet in lacquer finish. Clearly this much sought after Besson Sovereign BE928 Bb Cornet has been very well cared for. As the images show, this top of the range Besson Sovereign Bb Cornet is in good original condition.
    0 bids
    £19.99 postage
    Ending 26 Apr at 4:13PM BST5d 23hBrand: Besson
  • New listingRosetti Series 5 Cornet with carry case. 

    Rosetti Series 5 Cornet. Approximately 8 years old but not used much in last 3 years. Serial Number: 89CNTL CRO88010 It has a Brass Lacquer Finish and in Good Condition with only a few marks. Comes complete with Hard Carry case. Case handle a little worn but otherwise in Good condition. Mouth piece included. Music Stand also included as part of Bundle
    0 bids
    £6.99 postage
    Ending 25 Apr at 7:28AM BST4d 14h
    or Best Offer
    Brand: Rosetti
  • Schilke B Flat A1 long model cornet

    Fantastic condition Schilke B flat long model cornet. Plays effortlessly like a dream. Silver plate all in excellent condition (just the normal very superficial marks through normal use). Slides/triggers and valves all perfect. A really versatile instrument that can be used in brass bands, small group ensembles, jazz bands etc. Selling as downsizing my instrument collection. Cost new is in excess of £2500 Viewing/playing before end of auction very much welcomed (I live in Bournemouth). Any questions please feel free to ask. Comes with a gig bag and will be very well packaged and sent Royal Mail 1st class Delivery (next working day), or collection welcomed. Check out my feedback and thanks for looking.
    Brand: Schilke
    £20.00 postage
    or Best Offer
  • Antique Hawkes & Son Brass Cornet with spares, case and music stand

    A piece of History a Hawkes and Son Ist Class Nos 6 Cornet with mouthpieces, spares, music stand and case. Owned by a distinguished Chindit Soldier from Liverpool did this actually go to Burma and Back in the 1940s?.
    0 bids
    £10.00 postage
    Ending 23 Apr at 10:54AM BST2d 18hClick & Collect
  • Elkhart 1000cr gorgeous Cornet with case, mouthpiece and oil

    All my items from a non smoking and pet free home. I pride myself on 100% customer feedback. Contact must be made within 48 hrs to arrange collection. Cash on collection. Not PayPal as they charge fees Collection is from preston lancashire or could post
    0 bids
    £7.99 postage
    Ending Sunday at 12:33PM BST1d 19h
    or Best Offer
    Click & CollectBrand: ELKHART
  • Hsinghai cornet  in silver plate i believe with a Denis Wick 4B Mouthpiece

    It hasn't been in use for at least 10 years but i don't believe it has any issues.
    1 bid
    £20.00 postage
    Ending Sunday at 8:06PM BST2d 3hBrand: Denis Wick

    By request it was based on his Chicago 46 series and included a third valve trigger instead of the traditional throw and a red brass bell. The valves are bauerfeind. I am in my twilight as a player and have decided to rationize my collection and focus on trumpet and flugel for my last few years as a player.
    0 bids
    Free postage
    Ending Sunday at 11:42AM BST1d 19hBrand: Taylor
  • Yamaha Maestro Cornet - 6335H - Lacquer

    Yamaha Maestro Cornet. No mouthpiece but I have a selection if you need one.
    Click & Collect
    £26.00 postage
    Brand: Yamaha
    or Best Offer
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  • Boosey & Hawkes ( overseas) ltd. Bb Cornet

    Boosey & Hawkes ( overseas) ltd Silver plated Bb Cornet. This is £26.60 but includes £500 cover.
    0 bidsEnding 24 Apr at 4:08PM BST3d 23hCollection in person
  • John Packer Cornet jp071mk11 with soft carrying case.

    JP071 Bb Cornet, well maintained, no dents, blemishes or nasty scratches. It comes with valve oil and mouthpiece. The case and instrument are in excellent condition.
    0 bids
    £20.00 postage
    Ending Sunday at 9:55PM BST2d 5h

    Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone and much more including 'Mutes'. 1930s - SML - PARIS. Established in Paris, France back in 1935. SML (in a triangle). SPUN ALUMINIUM - CORNET/TRUMPET - MUTE.
    0 bids
    £3.00 postage
    Ending Sunday at 5:09PM BST2d
  • Cornet made in England by Higham . Epic model

    This is a good Silver plated Cornet made early last century in U.K. by Higham. In a case with mouthpiece. Plays fine. The valves & slides move well.
    Top Rated Plus

    It is marked with a bird motif, CLARK, SHANGHAI, CHINA M4045.
    0 bids
    £7.29 postage
    Ending Saturday at 9:48PM BST1d 5h

    A hard case and mouthpiece are included. WITH FREE HARDCASE AND MOUTH PIECE. And GBP10.00 for. PITCH: Bb-FLAT. United Kingdom.
    1 bid
    Free postage
    Ending 25 Apr at 8:40PM BST5d 4hFrom United States
  • Magnetic Pencil Holder - A Perfect Gift For Any Musician

    Its a magnetic pen/pencil holder that sticks to your music stand so that you always have a pencil handy. Great for brass bands, school bands and around the house. 1 Link Way. Why not check out our other great deals HERE>>.
    £1.00 postage
    397 sold

    • Easy-Fixing shoulder strap. • Padded handle. • 20mm hi-density padding.
    Top Rated Plus
    Free postage
    Click & Collect
    9 sold
  • Besson 927 b Sovereign Bb-Cornet

    This is a stunning piece of craftsmanship only found with Besson Sovereign cornets. Has only been owned by myself and has been lovingly looked after. It is in excellent condition with no dents or scratches, just a few small areas of tarnish ( see photos). There is a line around the bell but this is just just a cosmetic thing, and has no effect on the sound quality. This Besson Sovereign produces a lovely sound for a medium bore cornet. I am reluctantly selling this as a change in circumstances mean I have no time to play. I sincerely hope that you will enjoy playing this Besson Sovereign cornet as much as I have.
    Brand: Besson
    £50.00 postage
    or Best Offer

    Bb CORNET. It is in almost new condition and plays perfectly (depending on who's blowing it!). These represent excellent value for money, and can save you £££s off the normal price. as those from more well known "manufacturers".
    £14.50 postage
    or Best Offer

    LONG (27CM), NICKEL lyre for tubas, euphonium, tenor horn, baritone. NN12 6HF. Why not check out our other great deals HERE>>.
    £1.00 postage
    229 sold

    Was: Previous price£3.95
    Free postage
    59 sold
  • Antique Original early Besson Cornet serial number 62840

    Here we have a wonderful original Besson & Co. cornet in its original case which is in fair condition, apart from normal wear and tear associated with years of use. There is one really small dent, but nothing major.
    Brand: Besson
    £14.00 postage
    or Best Offer
  • Cornet supplied by Boosey & Hawkes

    This is a Silver plated student Cornet La Fleur by Boosey & Hawkes. One small ding & the silver has deteriorated on the slides but over all it is in good playing order & all the valves & slides move well.
    Top Rated Plus
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A cornet is a brass instrument similar to a trumpet, but with a condensed shape and mellower tone. It is usually tuned to B♭, but a soprano cornet is tuned to E♭. The cornet is used across musical genres such as brass bands, concert bands, orchestral and jazz.

This instrument is recognised as one of the most popular brass instruments, especially with beginners and children due to its compact size.

The difference between cornets and trumpets is the physical appearance of the instrument, or the tubing. Cornets are much smaller and lightweight, making them easier to travel with.

The first modern cornet was manufactured in the 19th century. The leading manufacturers today are:

  • Yamaha
  • Vincent Bach
  • Besson
  • Jupiter
  • Schilke

Soprano Cornet

A soprano cornet is similar to a standard cornet but it is tuned to E♭. It is usually used in bigger bands, but is replaced by a clarinet in British concert bands.

It is a perfect 4th higher than a standard trumpet and is described as a brighter sound. A piccolo trumpet can be used in the place of a soprano trumpet.

Musical Genres

In brass bands and concert bands, the cornet usually takes the lead melody. In brass bands it is typically used instead of a trumpet.

Concert bands differ from brass bands and have separate parts for cornets and trumpets. In military bands the highest instrument is always the cornet.

Jazz is a genre where the cornet is used frequently, and is sometimes preferred over the trumpet.

Notable cornet players include:

  • Buddy Bolden – jazz pioneer
  • Louis Armstrong – famous trumpet player who began his career playing the cornet
  • Herbert Lincoln Clark – one of the best cornet players at the start of the 20th century
  • Joe “King” Oliver – played with Louis Armstrong and influenced him significantly

There are many accessories available to buy with cornets, including:

  • Hard cases
  • Soft cases for comfort
  • Stands
  • Mutes
  • Mouthpieces
  • Valve oil 
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