• Besson Cornet

    Used Besson cornet, class A new standard. Belonged to my late father in fairly good condition no dents or scratches all valves move freely makes a nice sound comes in carry case which is worn but serviceable would be good for amateur or beginner.
    £40.00
    19 bids
    £20.00 postage
    Ending Thursday at 10:27AM GMT1d 20hBrand: Besson
  • John Packer JP071L Cornet Bb Lacquer

    The JP071 is a durable and warm sounding Bb student cornet, ideal for getting new learners off the mark and progressing quickly. A favourite within the UK education system, the JP071 has set a high standard for reliability, performance and affordability.
    £149.00
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  • Silver Cornet

    Besson and Co silver cornet in good condition, no repairs. Box is scruffy but original. With 3 mouth pieces and music holder.
    £75.00
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    £7.50 postage
    Ending Sunday at 11:01AM GMT4d 21h
  • New listingJupiter 520M Silver Plate Cornet

    It is in excellent condition with no signs of plate wear, all valves and slides working well. There is one very very slight dink on the bell which unless you looked very closely would not see. It plays lovely and has been maintained and cleaned regular.
    £0.99
    1 bid
    £10.00 postage
    Ending 26 Jan at 9:40AM GMT9d 20hBrand: Jupiter
  • Cornet - Hawkes & Son 'EMPIRE' - Vintage Bb Cornet in good working condition

    At sometime or other in its history its pitch has been converted and some re-soldering of some stays has taken place. The Case is obviously quite old, though in reasonable condition. As was usually common for cornets of this era, the valve springs are in the bottom of the valve piston, not fitted in the valve piston itself.
    £43.00
    1 bid
    £12.98 postage
    Ending Wednesday at 7:00PM GMT1d 5hBrand: Empire
  • pCornet Plastic Cornet - Red

    Please review the full item description of item "pCornet Plastic Cornet - Red" for all information regarding delivery and technical specifications.
    £79.00
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  • Brass pocket cornet, engraved "Boosey, Bessons & Co, London.W.C., H.75983"

    I suspect this unusual little instrument is an imitation of the legendary 19th century Besson cornets, probably made in India. It is solidly built, has no dents, and is fun to play. All valves work.
    £49.99
    £5.65 postage
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  • Getzen Trumpet / Cornet G1258 

    £5.50
    5 bids
    £5.00 postage
    Ending Sunday at 10:57PM GMT5d 9hBrand: Getzen
  • SONATA Bb CORNET - CUSTOMER RETURN - EXCELLENT - JUST £94.99 - BRILLIANT VALUE!

    Bb CORNET. These represent excellent value for money, and can save you £££s off the normal price. It is in almost new condition and plays perfectly (depending on who's blowing it!)., with a smooth valve action.
    £94.99
    £14.50 postage
  • Boosey & Hawkes Imperial B flat Cornet Silver

    Boosey and Hawkes silver cornet newly professionally refurbished. Imperial B flat.
    £50.00
    0 bids
    £14.75 postage
    Ending 22 Jan at 11:02AM GMT5d 21h
  • DW4930 Denis Wick Advanced Formula Valve Oil

    Please review the full item description of item "DW4930 Denis Wick Advanced Formula Valve Oil" for all information regarding delivery and technical specifications.
    £7.44
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  • John Packer JP071L Cornet Bb Lacquer

    £50.00
    0 bids
    £9.85 postage
    Ending Sunday at 5:31PM GMT5d 4h
  • CORNET - LARK Cornet in excellent playing and working condition

    Chinese Silver Plated Bb Cornet in excellent condition, with all slides and valves moving freely. It is in good condition for what must be a fairly old instrument. Very little work was needed to bring this instrument to its full working order.
    £42.00
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    £9.50 postage
    Ending Sunday at 6:00PM GMT5d 4hBrand: Lark
  • 2 X WATERKEY CORKS SUITABLE FOR CORNET / TRUMPET

    THESE CORKS ARE SLIGHTLY TAPERED TO MAKE THEM EASIER TO FIT, BUT STILL FORM A GOOD SEAL ON THE WATERKEY GUTTER. Be sure to add me to yourfavourites list ! Why not check out our other great deals HERE>>.
    £1.75
    £1.00 postage
    636 sold
  • 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.
    £95.00
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  • ***LONG NICKEL LYRE MUSIC HOLDER FOR HORN ,TUBA, EUPHONIUM, BARITONE***

    LONG (27CM), NICKEL lyre for tubas, euphonium, tenor horn, baritone. Get yours in time for the Christmas! These are straight lyres and are easily bent to an angle to suit your instrument and to get the music in just the right place.
    £3.45
    £1.00 postage
    200 sold
  • John Packer 171SWS Bb Cornet Smith-Watkins design leadpipe.

    John Packer 171SWS Bb Cornet Smith-Watkins design leadpipe. I am selling this item on behalf of a neighbour I know very little about the cornet and i certainly can't play one !!!. So it is sold as seen In the pictures and non returnable. Any questions please ask and I will try to answer them . UK postage only with tracking .
    £50.00
    1 bid
    £6.99 postage
    Ending 22 Jan at 12:41PM GMT5d 23hClick & Collect
  • Reduced Great Getzen Eterna Eb Soprano Cornet

    £325.00
    0 bids
    £15.00 postage
    Ending Sunday at 4:19PM GMT5d 2hBrand: Getzen
  • CONN TYPE Bottom Sprung Conical Valve Springs for Cornet / Trumpet etc. [S82]

    MACHINE WOUND AND MADE FROM TOP QUALITY COPPER THESE SPRINGS WILL REPLACE YOUR OLD WORN SPRINGS THAT HAVE LOST THEIR BOUNCE OR HAVE BECOME MIS-SHAPEN MAKING YOUR VALVES NEEDLESSLY NOISY! Conn Type.
    £4.95
    Brand: Conn
    £1.00 postage
    72 sold
  • Denis Wick 4 Cornet Mouthpiece-New,Unused Silver Plated-

    Denis Wick 4 Cornet Mouthpiece in silver plated finish. Deep, rich tone with a stable center of pitch. Cup diameter: 16.5mm. Rim width: 5.27mm.
    £44.99
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    Ending Today at 2:54PM GMT1h 23mEst. delivery dateEst. delivery Thu, Jan 18Brand: Denis Wick
  • CORNET -DEG- SIGNATURE-GREAT FOR JAZZ-MADE USA

    DEG Signature USA B.B. cornet. After years of building horns for D.E.G., Allied Music begins the production of its own line of instruments. They work hand in hand with the famous brass quintet, The Canadian Brass, to design and manufacture instruments that will be played and marketed by the group.
    £299.00
    0 bids
    £20.00 postage
    Ending Today at 6:58PM GMT5h 27mBrand: DEG
  • Vincent Bach no. 1 cornet mouthpiece

    Excellent condition Bach no. 1 cornet mouthpiece.
    £24.99
    Brand: Bach
    £3.40 postage
  • SYNTHETIC WATERKEY CORK FOR MOST BRASS INSTRUMENTS

    THESE ARE APPROX. 9MM WIDE AND HAVE A CONVENIENT STICKY BACK COATING FOR LESS MESS WHEN FITTING! T/A Brass-. Be sure to add me to yourfavourites list ! Why not check out our other great deals HERE>>.
    £1.00
    £1.00 postage
    709 sold
  • CHORD DELUXE BRASS CORNET SOFT PADDED GIG BAG CARRY CASE 173.411UK

    Our deluxe CORNET carry case has been manufactured from heavy-duty nylon and reinforced to ensure complete protection of your instrument. The interior compartment is lined with soft, black, velour fabric to protect your instruments immaculate finish.
    £40.99
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  • Konig and Meyer KM 15910 Mute Holder - Black

    Please review the full item description of item "Konig and Meyer KM 15910 Mute Holder - Black" for all information regarding delivery and technical specifications.
    £20.99
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  • Yamaha YCR 2330S Cornet

    Yamaha YCR 2330S Great condition, bought in the 1980’s Not been used in a long time Complete with mouth piece, music holder and case. Any questions please ask
    £300.00
    0 bids
    £15.00 postage
    Ending Saturday at 9:26PM GMT4d 7hBrand: Yamaha
  • BENT NICKEL LYRE MUSIC HOLDER FOR CORNET, TRUMPET, FLUGEL

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    £2.95
    £1.00 postage
    398 sold
  • Willson 400 Celebration B flat cornet (silver-plate)

    Willson 400 Celebration B flat cornet- silver-plated, 2013 (used instrument). Switzerland ; this version is the large bore Celebration 400, characterized by an easy blowing mouth-pipe. It is supplied in silver plate and gold plate trim.
    £2,850.00
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  • Cornet amati ( A.K.) silver plated

    This is an really nice Amati silver plated cornet. Czech made. Good playing order. All the sliver is intact & no dings. The valves are fine & the slides move well. With nice case & mouthpiece.
    £125.00
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  • Cornet made in England Boosey & Hawkes Regent model 1967

    This is a good Silver plated Cornet made in modern low pitch in 1967 by Boosey & Hawkes. No serious dings but some of the silver shows marks. In a case with mouthpiece. Plays fine. The valves are good & slides move well.
    £135.00
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  • Besson Brevet Prototype Class A Cornet - Serial no. 75676 (1903)

    Made by Besson & Co serial no. 75676, which dates back to the year 1903. Comes with original box.
    £1,650.00
    Brand: Besson
    £39.99 postage
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  • ***NEW*** GENEVA SYMPHONY Bb CORNET

    The Symphony Cornet is fitted with both main and 3rd slide triggers for fine tuning. This large bore professional cornet produces a great British band sound, intonation and build are second to none.
    £2,095.00
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  • Stagg Bb Cornet Outfit

    Please review the full item description of item "Stagg Bb Cornet Outfit" for all information regarding delivery and technical specifications.
    £251.20
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  • Elkhart 100 Series Cornet

    Please review the full item description of item "Elkhart 100 Series Cornet" for all information regarding delivery and technical specifications.
    £179.00
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  • Besson BE120 New Standard Series Cornet

    Please review the full item description of item "Besson BE120 New Standard Series Cornet" for all information regarding delivery and technical specifications.
    £358.00
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  • Sonata Student Bb Cornet

    Please review the full item description of item "Sonata Student Bb Cornet" for all information regarding delivery and technical specifications.
    £159.00
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  • Besson BE928-2 Sovereign Bb-Cornet

    All triggers and valves in excellent working condition, i played up to grade 8 standard on this cornet and its a beautiful instrument. all spec in pictures and as written below- i paid £2500 when new looking for around £1900 due to its excellent condition ect.
    £1,900.00
    Brand: Besson
    £9.72 postage
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  • King Silvertone long model cornet sterling silver bell

    Up for sale this excellent condition King Silvertone long model cornet in superb condition for its age of approx 70years. The lacquer is also 99 per cent perfect the only slight and I mean very slight ding is on the main tuning slide which I have tried to show in the photo.
    £950.00
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  • besson & co silver plated calss A prototype cornet in original case

    An antique besson & co cornet. Says British plated calss a 50 medals of honour besson & co prototype london England * British throughout. Comes in original velvet lined case. No mouthpiece or tops of buttons. Serial number 126756.
    £150.00
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    Brand: Besson
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  • Tromba Plastic Bb Cornet - Gold

    I believe they have succeeded and here's a link to a Youtube video comparing a Vincent Bach & Tromba that might just convince you too.Youtube video link - Tromba meets Bach ! ABS Polymer Plastic Bb Cornet.
    £145.00
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  • Amati Vantage Large Bore Bb Cornet - Lacquer (new instrument)

    The case is similarly unmarked. The cosmetic warranty is limited to significant issues. It was founded by Trevor Austin (father of Paul) who was previously a euphonium player in the Horse Guards (and played on horseback at the Queen Elizabeth II's coronation in 1953).
    £1,095.00
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  • Amati Heritage Large Bore Bb Cornet - Lacquer (new instrument)

    The case is similarly unmarked. The instrument is supplied in its original case, with all standard accessories (in this instance, the only accessory is a lyre). It was founded by Trevor Austin (father of Paul) who was previously a euphonium player in the Horse Guards (and played on horseback at the Queen Elizabeth II's coronation in 1953).
    £1,395.00
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  • Catelinet HC-20-S Rousseau Bb Cornet-#NEW#Large Bore, Pro Level Instrument-

    Rose brass bell and leadpipe complement nickel-silver tuning slide legs and yellow brass bows and valve group. Useful features include large trigger paddles, a discrete lyre box hidden behind the leadpipe and a substantial second slide grip.
    £1,195.00
    £19.99 postage
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  • Willson Celebration 450 Bb cornet - silver-plated (used instrument)

    This is a used Willson Celebration 450 cornet, serial number 35253. This model was built in 2009 and was supplied to its original owner by Rosehill. The Celebration cornet is noted for a warm, traditional brass band sound.
    £2,450.00
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  • Artemis Cornet Outfit

    The Artemis Cornet is a free blowing and well balanced instrument with rich tonal qualities for the younger player. With robust construction and satisfying tone, this cornet is built to last and support the enthusiastic learner.
    £365.00
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  • John Packer JP271SWS Bb Cornet Silver

    An exclusive and specially designed Smith-Watkins leadpipe was created for the cornet driving excellent articulation and sound projection. The JP271SW also features 1st and 3rd triggers, high tolerance monel valves and a one piece bell, a professional feature for extra resonance.
    £329.00
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  • Coppergate Professional Bb Cornet by Gear4music

    With a good resistance and a warm sound this cornet is perfect for Brass Band playing. Gear4music have teamed up with some of the best manufacturers from around the world to develop our own line of music equipment.
    £232.98
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  • Antique Besson & Co CORNET Class A Prototype London Silver Plate c.1907 +History

    Class A Prototype Silver Plated. Antique Cornet. Besson & Co. As all three valves appear to basically slide straight out of storage, I haven't bothered to try to mess with it - as I don't play any brass instruments I wouldn't know what I am doing.
    £375.00
    Brand: Besson
    £18.00 postage
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Cornets

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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