I was given an echo cornet made by Nadir Ali & Co.(model 18?)(inscript reads Nadir Ali & Co.,manufacturers musicality instraments, Meerut). I can't find ANY info online. I was hoping to learn when it was made, value, is it rare, is it a good quality to learn on, ect. I'm a sax player, but I am very intruiged by this horn! Thank you!
One of many made in India. The chances of it being any better than a wallhanger is slim. Value is less than zero.
That said, ask your sax tech for a recommendation for a brass tech, and have it checked out. Who knows, it might not be awful... but temper your expectations.
If it turns out to be a certified wallhanger, look for vintage cornets on eBay. Buescher Aristocrats are undervalued, as are most other cornets. You can get a decent horn for less than $100 if you look hard and are patient. Your new friend the brass tech will be more than pleased to help you out because she will be the one to do the "playing condition" work once you find your cornet.
Or trumpet, if you will. But a cornet will be less expensive if you decide you just don't like it.
Welcome to the world of brass and I hope you enjoy it! Feel free to send more questions as they arise.