I'm a casual comeback player, playing primarily for my own enjoyment. I do enjoy experimenting with different horns, and as such do a fair amount of buying and selling of horns on Ebay. Through a process of trial and error (or error and error), I've found that I prefer playing cornets to trumpets (but heck, the domain "vintagecornets.com" was already taken), and that I prefer large bore horns.
The horns listed below are those in my collection as of August 2, 2008.
Conn Constellation 38A Copper-Bell Cornet, S/N R12,xxx (1972)
Boy, was I in the right place at the right time for this one! This super-large bore (.485) cornet had its bell damaged at some point, and Conn replaced it with a solid copper bell! This horn barks! In the lower register the tone is quite smokey, and boy does this horn project! Currently not for sale.
Olds N6M Shepherd's Crook Cornet (1998)
This one initially was a mistake. I jumped too quickly when I saw the shepherd's crook and pulled the trigger before I realized that this is a "New Olds" horn, not F.E. Olds. I thought I was in for a mess. Surprisingly enough, this is one heck of a player! It has turned into my favorite player of all my horns for the moment. It has some finish blemishes that I may try to rectify at some point. When all was said and done, this turned into quite a deal. Currently not for sale.
Olds Studio Cornet, S/N 281,xxx (1959)
I picked this one up on a whim for $150. Not a bad player at all. It's in fairly nice shape; I may have it overhauled at some point. Currently not for sale.
Conn Victor 80A Cornet
It's ugly, but it was cheap. While the finish has flaked away and it's nothing to look at, it's quite a decent player, with a dark rich sound. Currently not for sale.
Walter A French Mellophone (1920s?)
Another goofball purchase on my part. I loved the bell engraving and decided to buy it, even though mellophones are notoriously bad at staying in tune. Cost: $110 Currently not for sale.