Bach Stradivarius 37 1972
The Bach Stradivarius has been heralded as one of the finest professional trumpets for roughly 100 years. Vincent Bach combined his talents as an engineer and as a trumpet virtuoso to improve historic trumpet designs and create innovative instruments that had an unmatched sound and excellent intonation. Bach's trumpets have been played by some of the best trumpet players of the past century, most notably the legendary Chicago Symphony Orchestra section led by Bud Herseth. The 37 bell originally appeared in the 1940's, and within a decade, had become the standard Bb trumpet bell for most Bach trumpets. Since then, the 37 bell has maintained its popularity and continues to be an excellent choice for nearly every musical situation. It is characterized by a rich, full sound that is neither too piercing nor too dark, and can blend with nearly any other trumpet.
This particular instrument dates to 1972, from what is considered to be the "early Elkhart" period. During this time, Vincent Bach was still overseeing production, and the instruments were quite similar to ones built in the Mt. Vernon facility, down to the side seam bells and 2-piece valve casings with nickel-silver balusters.
This trumpet has recently received a full service refurbishment by Beverly Music, including a full solder disassembly, lacquer strip, removal of dents, new leadpipe with proper venturi and gap specs, tension-free reassembly, slide alignment, and a light hand polish. This trumpet is finished in raw brass. Our goal when working on vintage trumpets is to preserve as much of the original metal as possible, so there are still some minor pits around the valve casing, and one scratch in the bell.
The valves are in excellent condition, and are in original condition. Compression is excellent, and slide action is fast and smooth. This trumpet plays with a rich, broad sound, but still has the ease of play and versatility that Bachs are known for. This trumpet would be equally at home in a symphonic band as a recording studio. Vintage Bachs like this one are simply incredible, so if you're looking for an excellent all-around trumpet, look no further!