The Cornet iHorn is made from an early 1900’s Martin. The cornet is a brass instrument similar to the trumpet but distinguished from it by its conical bore, more compact shape, and mellower tone quality. It was created by adding valves.
The cornet became a popular solo instrument. Many of the earliest virtuosos were horn players and employed different crooks (detachable pieces of tubing) for different tonalities or moods. Until the 20th-century trumpet revival ousted the cornet from the orchestra, the cornet frequently held the trumpet sections. The cornet preceded the trumpet in modern dance and jazz bands—the master in the latter being Louis Armstrong—but the increasing use of the trumpet has diminished the cornet’s popularity as a solo instrument except in brass bands.
The Cornet iHorn is warm and resilient. It is beautiful, functional and pristine. Simple and stately, a centurian whose age has earned our respect.