I liked the ACB doubler flugelhorn so much, I bought the ACB doubler cornet. The cornet is well made, with smooth pistons, good intonation and a fat sound. A lot of fun to play. I especially like the feel of the medium large bore. Best of all, both ACB doubler horns have already paid for themselves!
Austin Custom Brass "Doubler's Series" Cornet
Up for sale is an exciting new line of custom instruments designed for doubling. This cornet possesses a yellow brass bell in 4.685 inches and a .459 bore. The slightly smaller bell and bore make these horns easy to switch to from your trumpet or flugel work. Once I receive this instrument I perform a few custom alterations including a valve alignment. This is the best value horn you can find! The horn comes with a nice Pro-Tec style gig bag and mouthpiece.
Here is a video of the ACB Doubler's Cornet!
If you're looking for a SUPER affordable cornet, don't waste your time looking at old and mystery-brand cornets on the internet. Trent has taken a really basic, but custom and well-made Chinese horn and tweaked it so that it plays as well as a horn that costs many times its price. It's got a tight bore and small bell, so it responds rapidly and requires little effort. The sound is warm and characteristically cornet-like. This is not a professional-line cornet. But it will definitely get the job done if you are only using it for a few things--like if it's required for some doubling in a pit orchestra, or a for orchestral excerpts, or to work on an Arban solo, etc. It's hard to tell from the photos and description, but it also comes with a nice, rigid case, a mouthpiece, and cleaning cloth. Also, the leadpipe is actually a beautiful rose brass.
I needed a cornet to replace a well worn LA Olds, at this point I couldn't justify rebuilding the Olds or spending alot of money on a new horn. Having read the great reviews for the ACB Doublers Flugel I took the oppurtunity to try the cornet recently at Trents display at the NTC. The cornet plays well and intonation is very good. Surely Trents "tweaks" have also helped in what I have found to be an excellent value, the rose brass leadpipe is also a nice touch. I purchased the cornet on the spot and have been very pleased with the results!