Since its launch in 1974, the Sovereign cornet has been the benchmark for all brass band cornets, but it has gone through various models and changes - including a complete redesign in 1984. This article aims to explain the development of the instrument and the differences between models. For serial number information go here:. Sovereign by Boosey & Hawkes AKA “round stamp” (From 1974) This is the original sovereign cornet supplied in a blue wooden case. There were three models (including the soprano cornet) launched in 1974.
• 920 Medium bore (.460 bore) • 921 Large bore (.466 bore) • 925 Soprano (Eb) - with the tuning slide in the bell crook. The 920 medium bore was almost identical to the preceding Imperial model and had a second main tuning slide where the lead pipe entered the third valve. This is sometimes referred to as the 'flower pot' model due to the shape of its bell flare. The 921 was a completely different instrument of a larger bore which took many of its features from the Besson International cornet which was also manufactured by Boosey and Hawkes. When people talk about the famous “round stamp” cornet, it is the 921 large bore they are referring to.
It described as such because it had the Boosey and Hawkes globe logo engraved on the bell. The 921 was designed in conjunction with Thomas Wilson, principal cornet player with the Scots Guards. Tommy, who came from a Salvation Army background, had already worked with Denis Wick on developing his range of cornet mouthpieces: In the early 1970’s I was asked by Denis Wick if I would help him develop a cornet mouthpiece – and the rest, as they say, is history. It was also round about this time I was asked by Boosey & Hawkes if I would help in the development of a new cornet for them. After a lot of hard work the first large bore Sovereign cornet was born. I still play the original prototype.
Below are some of my favorite Salvation Army solos. These were originally written or arranged for cornet, but of course they fit well on euphonium. I have used some of these in recitals and in church. Salvation Army (Pelisson) • Lyon • c1893 Evidence suggests this instrument was imported by Salvationist Publishing, and not actually made by them. They did make their own design, although I haven’t seen any yet.
It’s still going strong after over 30 years. It was stamped No. 1, (which causes the customs people more than a little curiosity when London Citadel Band goes on trips). The famous 'round stamp' 920 medium bore 921 large bore 921 third valve trigger 921 valves Sovereign by Boosey & Hawkes still with the“round stamp” (From late 70's) At some point in the late 70’s a new medium bore cornet was produced based on the 921 rather than the old Imperial design. This did not have the second main tuning slide and was cosmetically identical to the 921. It was designated “923”.
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This had the same valves but lever style triggers rather than the ring one on the 921. The rare 922 cornet is a 921 without triggers and seems to have been sold into mainland europe rather than the brass band market.
As the range developed the 921 lost its ring trigger and the last ones had lever style triggers and a pinky hook instead of a ring. Some of these very late production models have the more streamlined valves that were developed in the early 80's. • 922 Large Bore but without triggers (.466 bore) • 923 Medium Bore (.460 bore) • 924 [not to be confused with the current 924 which is an Eb soprano cornet] 922 large bore. 923 medium bore Besson Sovereign (1984 - Present) Designed by Dr Richard Smith., and for articles explaining how,and why, he designed it. These have redesigned, more streamlined looking valves and have “Besson London” engraved on the bell.
At some point in the 1990’s they started having the word “Besson” engraved on the mouthpiece receiver. • 927 Medium bore (.460 bore) • 928 Large bore (.466 bore) 928 large bore for a spare parts list for the Sovereign model 928.
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Trados studio 2011 keygen for mac. This also shows which parts it has in common with other Besson models, especially the 723. Over the years these have changed slightly: Variations The later GS variant had a higher copper content bell and was mainly sold in the US and other export markets. At some point they changed from Monel to stainless steel valves, but went back to Monel before returning to stainless steel when manufacturing moved to France.
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Second valve tuning slide Originally pointed forward like the original sovereign. Eventually pointed towards the player to stop water collecting in it. Water Keys Earlier models have 'cockspur' water keys with long levers pointing backwards - guaranteed to get caught in your band jacket when you go to play a solo. These were replaced with conventional short ones in the 1980's. Long vs Short Receiver All sovereign cornets were supplied with a Denis Wick mouthpiece. If you try a modern Wick mouthpiece in an older Sovereign cornet you will see that it sticks out further than an older Wick mouthpiece does. This may just be a coincidence, but the theory is that at some point Wick introduced mouthpieces with the suffix “L” meaning “large”.