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Hans J. Bach – Instruments

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Hans Julius Bach (Vincent’s brother) helped with Vincent’s early business, and also owned and operated a music store for more than 30 years at 128 West 48th Street, New York City, NY at the same time Vincent was making instruments through the 1930-1950’s.

Hans J. Bach – Music Store

Hans music store was located at 128 West 48th Street, New York City, NY and sold a variety of instruments to the many performers on 47th street district.

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Hans Julius Bach – the brother of Vincent Bach 

Like Vincent Bach, Hans Schrottenbach (Bach) also registered for service during World War I.  Also interesting that in 1917 Hans stated he was working as a musician and as a clerk at Cafe Savern on 48 Broadway and living at 153 E. 89th street in NYC.



Hans Julius Bach – Family

from Selmer website 2003 – Hans Vincent Bach, son of Hans Julius Bach; visit to Elkhart factory

Hans Vincent Bach, son of Hans J. Bach

Following in his big brother Vincent’s footsteps, Hans Julius Bach, immigrated to the United States in 1919.   Hans Julius had three children.   The oldest, Hans Vincent Bach, was named for both his father and uncle.   He attended Northeastern University as a coop student in Mechanical Engineering.   In 1942, he worked at his Uncle Vincent’s factory in the Bronx as part of Northeastern’s work/study program.

About that time, Vincent Bach completed the design work on some French horns.   (These instruments, which were only prototyped, were photographed for a 1976 Selmer Bandwagon tribute to Vincent Bachshortly after his death.)   One of Hans Vincent’s jobs at his uncle’s factory was to create engineering drawings of the newly designed French horns.   These drawings were recently discovered among artifacts at the Bachproduction plant, and Tedd Waggoner, Vincent Bach Brass Products Manager for Conn-Selmer, Inc., had copies of them made for Hans to commemorate his work.   The drawings were entrusted to Roy Hempley to present during a visit with Hans and his wife Katie.

(Looking for the photo)

The picture above shows Hans Vincent and Katie with the copies of those drawings as well as the boilerplate from one of them showing both Vincent and Hans Vincent’s names.

from 2006 Obituary of Hans Vincent Bach

Hans V. “Hank” Bach

Died: Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Age: 85

Hans V. “Hank” Bach of Peconic Landing, Greenport died on August 15.

Mr. Bach was born in Astoria, Long Island on November 5, 1921 to Hans and Barbara Bach. After the completion of high school, he attended Northeastern University and Tuft’s University, earning a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

In 1944, he married Katherine “Katie” Gleeson in Our Lady of Solace Roman Catholic Church in the Bronx. They Lived in Floral Park and then in Garden City before moving to Shelter Island, where they resided for 21 years.

Mr. Bach served in the US Navy during World War II and was a lieutenant at the time of his discharge. During his lifetime, Mr. Bach was employed by the Joyce 7-UP Bottling Company and retired after 30 years of service as Vice President of Sales. In addition to his loving wife he is survived by his daughters, Dr. Heidi Bach, Katherine “Katie” Bach and Dr. Maryanne C. Bach; and sons Dr. Richard “Dick” Bach and John V. Bach, Esq.; one brother; one sister; 15 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Visitation was held last Thursday at the Defriest-Grattan Funeral Home in Southold.

Hans Julius Bach – Inventor

Hans J Bach company of New York was granted a patent for a wind instrument hand protector.  Patent linked below.  This was the only patent by Hans J. Bach.

patent number: 1,481,855
filed: December 28, 1922
issued: January 29, 1924



Hans J. Bach – Instruments

Other stencil musical instruments such as saxophones, trumpets, and trombones exist.

This is an early example of a Trombone case by Hans Bach.

Bb Trumpet, serial # C-25672 (sold on eBay, Oct. 10, 2013)

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Soprano Sax (circa 1951) mfg. by Martin



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jvincentbach December 27, 2011 - 6:34 pm

I have what you are looking for. Hans was my grandfather. You may contact me by email.

Kosuke Fukushima December 25, 2013 - 8:12 am

Here are some Hans J Bach trumpet pictures I found from eBay.

Kosuke Fukushima December 25, 2013 - 8:15 am

Here are some Hans J Bach trumpet pictures I found from eBay.
These are part of my Facebook pages, “Vintage Vincent Bach Trumpets”.


Nuendosan October 31, 2015 - 3:33 am

It’s my Hans J. BACH SOPRANO saxophone in the picture. I have pictures of it fully restored if you would like some. I would also very interested in knowledge of other saxophones to wear the Hans J. BACH name.
I think the production year of my sax is earlier than your set date. It’s a Handcrafted Martin model so 20 years earlier is my best guess.

Dan February 8, 2019 - 2:05 pm

I have a Mercedes trumpet with a serial number of 1946. I have discovered Hans Bach bought the Stradivarius trumpet with the serial number of 1945 in the year 1932. Do you still have the Stradivarius trumpet in your family?

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