About the Model 19043
From the first Vincent Bach trumpet production in 1925 through the late 1970’s, all Bach professional trumpets incorporated two-piece valve casing construction. The bottom two-thirds of the casing was made out of yellow brass and the top third was made out of nickel silver. The late 70’s ushered in a new era of CNC machining capabilities allowing valve casings to be machined entirely out of yellow brass in one piece. From the late 1970’s through today, all “180” series Bach Stradivarius trumpets have been made using the one-piece brass casing design.
The year 2010 marked the introduction of the newest generation of Bach Stradivarius trumpets; the “190” series. This series is built using a vintage two-piece valve casing design. Two-piece valve casings provide more feedback to the player, a quicker response, and more color in the sound. The model 190S43 is the latest offering in the “190” series Bach Stradivarius trumpets.
- Bach Stradivarius trumpets are the number one selling professional trumpets in the world. The 19043 features a professional #43 bell with a side-seam resulting in a quick response and a brilliant tone. The combination of two-piece valve construction, nickel silver outer slides, brass valve guides, and a steel bell wire provides a broad sound with a quick response and great feedback to the player. The clear lacquer finish provides a subtle warmth to the overall sound. These features combined with a .459" medium-large bore allow the player to produce a well-rounded sound well suited for all types of music.
Bach "Stradivarius" - .459" Medium-large bore, standard weight body, two-piece nickel/brass valve casing construction, standard weight yellow brass one-piece hand-hammered #43 bell with a side seam and a round steel wire bell rim, standard construction #25 mouthpipe, Monel pistons, brass and plastic valve guides, nickel silver outer and brass inner slides, 1st slide thumb saddle, adjustable 3rd slide rod stop, clear lacquer finish, Bach 3C mouthpiece, C180 woodshell case
Born Vincent Shrotenbach in Vienna in 1890, he initially received training on violin, but subsequently switched to trumpet when he heard its majestic sound. Although Vincent also displayed a strong aptitude for science and graduated with an engineering degree, he gave up a promising career to pursue his first love and an uncertain future as a musician. Performing under the stage name, Vincent Bach, he established musical success as he toured throughout Europe.
World War I forced Vincent’s move to New York City where he arrived with only $5.00 in his pocket. A letter to the famous conductor Karl Muck procured Vincent an audition and a resulting position with the Boston Symphony. By the following season, he was first trumpet in the Metropolitan Opera House. While on tour in Pittsburgh, Vincent’s mouthpiece was ruined by a repairman. Vincent had great difficulty in finding a suitable replacement. While on furloughs, he spent time in the basement of the Selmer Music store remodeling old mouthpieces.
In 1918, with the investment of $300 for a foot-operated lathe, Vincent went into the business of making mouthpieces. The business grew rapidly and in 1924, the first Bach trumpets were produced. Musicians frequently referred to a Bach trumpet as a real ‘Stradivarius’, thus inspiring the name Bach Stradivarius. Bach later added trombones to his line around 1928.
At the age of 71, Vincent sold his company. Although he received twelve other offers, including some that were higher, Vincent chose to sell to the Selmer Company. In 1964, the tooling and machinery for Bach instruments was moved from Mount Vernon to their current home in Elkhart, Indiana. Today, these instruments continue to embody the highest standards of craftsmanship and adhere to Vincent’s original designs and blueprints.