@chelpres Thank you. I looke up that info!!
I have to say, in the last 4 years I have owned and played 30+ cornets..Kings, Conns, Committees, Ambassadors, Yorks, Holtons, Getzens, Bach.
I. Superior. My 1982 Bach Strad 184G
II. One notch about Average. My Conn Concert Grand
III. Average. (probably 95% of horns out there( 26+ Horns I owned fall into this catagory. ) Pick any two and you can usually pick out the better player.of the two.
IV, Clearly Inferior. 1890 ish Bo, and 1906 Conn Conqueror.
I have gone back and started Arbans (again) from scratch. It is frankly tedious and more difficult to play a lot of these exercises with all my average horns.
My message. I always felt that if you were good the quality of the horn was not a big factor. Pretty much changed my mind. An up and coming very talented HS student needs a horn like the Strad to advance to the top tier. I thought in HS and College I was "Good". I realize that a great horn could have put me above "good"..certainly not great.
You comeback players should consider forking out the extra $$$'s. You can't take it with you.