Rare Bach alert! They only made two thousand of this limited edition Stradivarius 198 trumpet with the #6 bell and leadpipe. The sound is brighter than the "standard" 37 bell 25 leadpipe setup, but the gold brass bell keeps it from getting too edgy. With a lightweight body and bell and ML valve block, this is a responsive horn with a bit more resistance and efficiency. Compression is excellent. There are a couple dings in the bell flare, some scratching on the bell bend, a dent on the side of the bell, a slight bend in the bell at the back brace, a small dent in the second valve slide crook at the pull knob, a ding on the third valve slide crook, and a small ding in the tuning slide crook. There's also some stand scratching in the gold plate of the inner bell. We've priced it to reflect these flaws, and to give you a fantastic deal on a rare Bach Stradivarius trumpet model!
From Bach Loyalist
The limited edition Vintage Bach Stradivarius Model 6 trumpet actually dates back to the first quarter of the 20th century. During his lifetime, the noted musician and engineer Vincent Bach (1890-1976) researched and developed countless instrument designs. After much experimentation he built his first trumpet in 1924. While today the Bach model 180S37, based on the #37 bell flare and #25 lead pipe, stands as the world’s most popular trumpet, such was not the case during Vincent’s lifetime. In the period 1927-1930 Bach trumpets based on a #6 bell flare and #6 leadpipe were all the rage. Famous musicians such as Harry Glantz, George Mager, F.E. Olds, Elden Benge, and mouthpiece maker Frank Zottola at one time owned one of these Bach models.
The Selmer Company pays tribute to this popular model by using it as the basis for its limited edition Vintage Bach Stradivarius trumpet. In recreating the 1930’s look, the Vintage will incorporate hex-style slide pull knobs and wider bracing than found on today’s standard models. A longer mouthpiece receiver embraces the Bach Mt. Vernon look. A handsome silver-plated finish with gold-plated trim and distinctive engraving will protect and adorn the instrument. Like all Bach Stradivarius trumpets the Vintage will feature on-piece bell construction. Hand hammering converts sheets of special brass into trumpet bells. Several times throughout the manufacturing process the bells are annealed in high temperature ovens to soften the metal and relieve stress. During the spinning state a piece of wire is place din to the bell rim. Lead soldering of the bell rim wire adds clarity to and solidifies the sound.
Although a #6 bell might sound slightly brighter than a #37 due to the shape of the flare, use of a gold brass bell in the Vintage eliminates that edge. Gold brass contains a higher copper content than standard yellow brass, making the bell softer and dampening vibrations for a warmer tone quality. Based on the popular .459″ medium-large bore, the Vintage will be comfortable to play and focus. Incorporation the #6 lead pipe, which generally feels slightly more restrictive than the standard #25 lead pipe that most of today’s musicians are used to, recreates the sound and feel of a popular 1930-era Bach trumpet. Utilizing a lightweight body and bell enhances the instrument’s quick response.
Only 2,000 of this limited edition Bach trumpet (model number 198) will be built.
Comes with a Bach hard shell case. No mouthpiece included.
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