Press Release – Bach Reveals Vintage Bell in New Limited Edition Trumpet (2005)

Bach Reveals Vintage Bell in New Limited Edition Trumpet
9 February 2005

Conn-Selmer has introduced a special edition Vincent Bach trumpet that skillfully combines historically significant qualities with modern day performance features. The Bach Stradivarius New York #7 Trumpet is available in limited quantities and features a Vincent Bach #7 bell, made popular during the early 1930’s.

The Bach #7 bell, developed by Vincent Bach during the 1920’s, first appeared in 1929. This bell is constructed in one piece from lightweight yellow brass, with the current version featuring a classic French-bead flat rim. The instrument also features a .459″ bore, #7 leadpipe, vintage ’30’s style mouthpiece receiver, first and third slide finger rings, single brace tuning slide, third slide stop assembly, and semi-precious finger buttons. The instrument is finished in bright silver plate with gold plate slides and trim. The outfit includes a specially marked double case and includes a Certificate of Authenticity.

“Lightweight body construction with narrow braces and narrow tuning slide make this a very comfortable and intimate instrument,” said Tedd Waggoner, Conn-Selmer marketing manager for brass instruments. “Given the tremendous historical significance of the #7 bell, we are very excited to be able to offer this limited edition.”

Historical records show that the first production instrument with a #7 bell was a Stradivarius trumpet (#1249) made February 26, 1929. A few horns with earlier serial numbers were also retrofitted with the #7 bell. Regular production of the #7 bell started in January 1930.

Examination of shop cards for these instruments show that influential players of the day purchased these instruments, including Merle Evans (on a cornet), George Mager, Leona May Smith, Dr. Charles Colin, Henry Busse, and the Juilliard Graduate School (all trumpets).

Conn-Selmer, Inc., the largest manufacturer of band and orchestral instruments and accessories in the United States, is a subsidiary of Steinway Musical Instruments, Inc. To contact Conn-Selmer, write to P.O. Box 310, Elkhart, IN 46515-0310 U.S.A. or visit

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