Edgware Concert Series Bb Cornet. Heritage Brass. Perfect for the Advancing Musician… A new range? Obviously this means Review time.
Don’t worry, I was as excited as you when I read this on my job sheet. Unless you were actually excited when you read the words ‘Review Time.’ In that case you were far more excited than me.
These days I am somewhat spoilt Brass player, thanks to band loaning me a Vincent Bach Strad. I am ashamed to say that when I saw the – relatively – low price point of the Edgware range my first thought was Great *maximum sarcastic inner voice*.
Ladies & Gentlemen, boys & girls and all variations there upon, I am equal parts humbled and delighted to announce: I was wrong. (FYI this is a once a year event. Don’t expect another mistake from me anytime soon. I’m practically perfect in every way. It’s not boastful if it’s true. Which it is.)
I didn’t have high hopes for the Edgware Cornet. Here I was thinking small chips, soldering marks and finger prints in no time. While the finger prints are unavoidable – as they are with all Silver finished Instruments – it polishes up a treat. Although, initially polishing is unnecessary as the instrument came out the case looking every bit a well finished as a Besson or Yamaha.
Moving on from the – surprisingly beautiful – Cornet is the equally well designed and well constructed case. Tough nylon exterior, thick strong handles, and a well sized accessory pocket. It even has optional back-pack style straps. Pretty and Practical, what’s not to love?
I was so happy when I saw the beautiful THIRD AND FIRST valve triggers on this sweet piece of kit. As a tiny person with tiny hands the more ‘basic’ slides you often get at this price point are my nemesis. I can just about get my little finger through and – even after a decade+ of trying – said finger is still to weak to move the slide. #Infuriating
And these triggers… they are niiiiiice. The springs have good tension and are sturdy enough that they really should stand the test of time and playing. The same can be said for the water keys. (Yes, keys plural.) It’s just a really nice piece of kit.
You could say the sound on par with my beloved VB Strad. You would be talking balderdash.
Ultimately, this instrument offers incredible quality for money which can only be matched by far more expensive Besson and Yamaha models. More importantly, the Traditional Brass Band sound that this instrument aspires to is clearly achieved. No, it doesn’t sound like a VB Strad, and nor should it.
This is a well balanced, well tuned instrument that will fit seamlessly into any Brass section. Everything from the high quality case to the pleasing weight of the valves makes this a great instrument for the advancing musician.
If I ever delve back into the world of Brass Banding, taking key factors like price, quality and sound into consideration, this would be my first choice.