Beginner player means one of three things:

  • A child playing for the first time
  • An experienced player taking up a new instrument
  • A mature student trying something new

Either which way people are looking for a few key things:

HEDIBEGINNERSTABLE

Elkhart 100 Series Cornet

 

Sonata Student Bb Cornet

 

Bach Prelude CR710 Cornet

 

Besson BE1020 1000 Series Bb Cornet (Silver)

 

Jupiter JCR-520 Bb Cornet in Lacquer

 

Yamaha YCR2330III Bb Student Cornet in Lacquer

 

Yamaha YCR2330SIII Bb Student Cornet in Silver

 

As you can see from above we sell a wide range of beginner level Cornets here at Normans – but choosing which is best for you can be a daunting task. Let’s help you with that.

For young players it is essential that the instrument is up to the rough and tumble of everyday life and can be easily transported: while this is not a central point it may be worth checking if the instruments case has straps, or has to be carried by the handle, as many smaller children really feel the benefit of the rucksack style cases.

Another consideration in choosing your instrument is the quality. In theory you will take to your new instrument like a duck to water quickly progress and be playing in the Albert Hall by the end of the year. Possibly. Here you come to your first major choice; do you want an instrument of slightly high quality that will last you longer and hold a higher re-sale value for when you part and upgrade; do you want a cheapest, most basic model to get a feel for if you like to play and whether or not its something you will continue with; or, failing that, something in the middle?

For mature learners or players swapping to – or learning another – new instrument it may be worth looking into buying a Yamaha or Besson which are towards the top end of the beginner level instruments and hold better re-sale value as easily recognisable and respected brands.

At the opposite end of the spectrum we have the young and enthusiastic for whom cheap and cheerful might be the way to go, really it all dependant on your commitment to playing and whether or not the instrument may be subjected to any abuse in the chaotic world of school. A particularly attractive option for the unsure is the Normans rental package

But at the end of the day all these considerations come to naught if the price isn’t right. Here at Normans we pride ourselves on providing our customers with wide choice of quality instruments and we understand that price is just as important to our customers as it is to: this is why, if you see a cheaper deal elsewhere we’ll try and match it. With Normans Pricematch

 

Yamaha YCR4330GII Bb Intermediate Cornet in Lacquer

 

Yamaha YCR4330GSII Bb Intermediate Cornet in Silver

 

As you can see here at Normans only two of our Cornet range are technically labelled as ‘Intermediate.’ However this is not the be all and end all. Music is a fluid thing and its milestones are not a rigid as other disciplines.

For example after three years of playing one person may still consider themselves a Beginner a they approach their Grade three whereas another individual may be speeding towards their Grade five and bracket themselves as Intermediate.

As such you need not retrain you browsing by these heading: there is cross over. With this in mind it may be worth considering the above suggestions and many of these things still hold importance. After all, at the end of the day, it’s about getting value for money and the right instrument for you.

About the author

Heidi has been working for a number of years at Normans progressing from the Saturday Sales Assistant to a Brass Specialist. A grade 8 player she loves to play all genres of music spanning Classical to Jazz. With over ten years of playing both the Trumpet and Cornet this is, of course, what she loves to write blogs about.

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