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Conn 15A
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Review Date: 2/9/2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $100.00 | Rating: 0 

Pros: Easy to play.
Cons: Can't think of any, right now.

I was just starting out as a band director in a small town and needed to get my hands on some kind of trumpet or cornet. The band program had just started and I was the guy to get it going, but I was a woodwinds player with the guts to learn that cornet. I remember having to play the National Anthem at all of the home games cuz my band kids still were new at putting their horns together, much less playing anything of substance. Well, the Conn Director 15A worked really well for me.

It had tone and volume for what I needed to do. It was an eerie feeling playing to a silent crowd with me being the only focus of attention for that instant in time. I dare not tell them that the cornet was not my "main" axe. The cornet would respond quite nicely to what I wanted to play. The tone was always even across the octaves and intonation was never an issue. I probably learned to compensate for which ever notes were sour. I used the stock mouthpiece, but I quickly switched over to a Getzen 5C. My tone seemed to improve--thicker more resonant. Of course, the mornings that the north Texas weather turned frigid made it difficult to play a frozen cornet. Yes, I've been there too. My cornet frozen and I couldn't get anything out of the thing. The valves frozen, but my lips didn't stick to the metal, whew! I'm from the Rio Grande Valley; it freeze every 1000 years or so. I didn't realize what happens to brass instruments in freezing temperatures, duh. The cornet survived with no damage. I still have the cornet today and prefer to play it over my Yamaha 6335S. Uh, yes, I'm now a trumpet player with just a few 1000 years shy of playing like Sandoval.

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Review Date: 3/7/2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $100.00 | Rating: 7 

Pros: Tough, Expressive, Easy Player.
Cons: Bouncy Valves at times.

I forgot to mention...

I really do like the finger buttons; they are scallopped. This makes it a little easier to make a hand assisted vibrato on the cornet.

I've noticed more and more (or I've become more sensitive to) the occassional bouncy valves. It isn't too bad, just barely noticeable.

Another little nuisance is the collection of water in the bell pipe. It gets trapped in the pipe just after the third valve and starts to gurgle the sound. I have to roll the cornet around until the water flushes out of the bell.

I still like the cornet. I've been looking at the Conn 18A and wondering...
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