Trumpet

Bach Trumpets – Bell Manufacturing Process

From our collection of images of the trumpet bell manufacturing process used in Elkhart, IN.  This process is different than the traditional hand forming at other trumpet manufacturers, as it uses a pressure forming to make the initial bell shape.

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Bach Trumpets – Bell Variations

Vincent Bach – Trumpet Bell Variations Bell Construction – Bending Selmer around 1973 changed the filler material in the bell crook to a frozen soap type filler from the previously used, confidential alloy of pitch type materials that had been

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Bach Trumpets – Bell Variations (Sterling Silver)

Sterling silver bells were introduced in the 1992-1993 time frame as a custom configuration from the Elkhart facility. from Bach Stradivarius Trumpets & Bach Stradivarius Trombones brochures (2013) Sterling Plus bells (99.9% pure silver, seamless construction) create a full complement of

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Bach Trumpets – Bells

Vincent Bach designated his first bell the “T” bell also known as mandrel number 1. It was designed for Bb trumpets, as was his second bell, the “B” bell. Through 37 years of making trumpets and cornets, Bach considered a

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Bach Trumpets – Bracing

Vincent Bach – Bracing Braces “Early differences are the nickel hex braces, this changed in around 1940 to what we are familiar with today.” Thanks to Marco Rippert who provided the concept and initial measurements of key bracing locations. Note

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Bach Trumpets – Cases

Trumpet Cases Through the years, various cases have been made for Bach trumpets, cornets, etc. These images show the evolution of these trumpet cases. We are always looking for additional, or corrections to this information. Use our “contact us” button

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Bach Trumpets – Finger Hook Deisgn

Vincent Bach – Lead Pipe – Finger Hook Design New York Style Serial Number #4117 (1937) Mt. Vernon Transition Style Good example of the “transition” finger hook between the New York and later Mt. Vernon styles Mt. Vernon Style –

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Bach Trumpets – Leadpipe Variations

Lead pipe – Labels/Style Some recent lead pipes (>1970) have the label applied to the mouthpiece shank, and many early leadpipes were labeled. Lead pipe – Mouthpiece Receiver “The mouthpiece receiver was shorted by Vincent Bach himself back in the

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Bach Trumpets – Leadpipes

Vincent Bach Trumpet Leadpipes Vincent Bach’s first Bach trumpet has a number 2 (sn #14) leadpipe. I have seen different leadpipes on early New York Bach’s like 2, 4, 6, 7 and 9 (4 and 7 on Bb M bore) later

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Bach Trumpets – Models

Vincent Bach Trumpet Models Through the years there have been just a few primary models manufactured by Vincent Bach and related companies. This list of both primary and special edition trumpets are the best list we’ve been able to compile.

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Bach Trumpets – Price List (1925)

Trumpet Catalog – Price List (1925) Price List of Bach Instruments Issued October 1, 1925 Finish Finish Finish Finish Finish Instruments No. 1 No. 2 No. 3 No. 4 No. 5 Stradivarius Model Bb Trumpet/Cornet $125.00 $142.00 $200.00 Apollo Model

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Bach Trumpets – Price List (1935)

Trumpet Catalog – Price List (1935) Note the similarity of the trombone price list of the same era. Prices of Bach Trumpets Stradivarius Model Cash Prices These are professional net prices – with the professional discounts already deducted. Bb Bach

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Bach Trumpets – Shop Cards

Vincent Bach – Shop Cards (Trumpet) Bach used simple note cards for his shop card records of each horn.  in about 1926 Bach started to standardize on the information includes. During the years, the same basic information was recorded, however

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Bach Trumpets – Tuning Slide Variations

Vincent Bach – Tuning Slide Variations Tuning Slide – Wrap The master tuning slide crook in the early 50’s was made wider on later instruments made in the Mt. Vernon shop after approximately 1955. This difference is about 0.25 inch.

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Bach Trumpets – Valve Variations

Vincent Bach – Valve Variations Valve Casings It is generally understood that prior to S/N 121,7XX (approx. 1977), valve casings were made from 2 pieces. The top part was made of nickel silver. We’re still trying to narrow down this

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Interview w/ Trumpet Tester; Kent Hocker (early 2000)

Interview w/ Trumpet Tester; Kent Hocker (early 2000) Trumpet tester at Conn Selmer; Elkhart, IN Kent Hocker earned a music degree in performance at Indiana University before he began working in the music industry.  He joined the Selmer Company of Elkhart in

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