About the Model B185
Vincent Bach combined his unique talents as both a musician and an engineer to create brass instruments of unequalled tonal quality. Often copied but never duplicated, Bach Stradivarius instruments today remain the sound choice of artists worldwide
Built on the platform of the world renowned Bach Stradivarius model 18037, the B185 heralding trumpet features a #37 one-piece hand-hammered professional long bell that produces a warm sound with great projection. The #25 leadpipe allows for slight resistance that is effective in centering tone production. The silver-plate finish provides a controlled brilliance 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 ceremonial music.
"Bach Stradivarius" - Triumphal trumpet, key of Bb, .459" medium-large bore, #37 one-piece hand-hammered yellow brass bell, #25 mouthpipe, Monel pistons, 1st slide thumb saddle, adjustable 3rd slide rod stop, clear lacquer finish, Bach 7C mouthpiece, 1847 woodshell case. Available in silver-plate finish as model B185S.
Born Vincent Shrotenbach in Vienna in 1890, he initially received training on violin, then switched 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 a musical success as he toured throughout Europe.
World War 1 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 got 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 trombones followed in 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 were moved from Mount Vernon to their current home in Elkhart, Indiana. Today, these instruments continue to embody the highest standards of craftsmanship and are held to Vincent’s original designs and blueprints.
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