Unlacquered Bach Stradivarius Bb Trumpet
This is an unlacquered Bach Stradivarius Bb trumpet. It is a medium-large bore instrument with a #37 Bell. It was constructed in the 70’s and when it came to me the only alteration I could detect was the attrition of a thumb hook, which was not factory issue. It had no signs of damage or of repaired damage. The lacquer was looking dated but was in tact.
Since I purchased this horn, I had some professional upgrade work done on what was already a good Bach Strad. At that time, Dec 2012, I had Charlie Melk put on a Melk/GR leadpipe and “tune” the instrument including a valve alignment, adjusted the bell brace, and whatever else Charlie found to correct. Also I had him strip the old lacquer to make is a raw brass horn. I did purchased a Melk semi-rounded tuning slide for it at that time. That was $830 worth of equipment/work put into it.
In addition to the semi-rounded Melk tuning slide I have the original tuning slide, which is the standard boxy Bach slide (with lacquer), and also a fully rounded tuning slide that is a Jupiter XO part. I switched tuning slides on this horn to fit the blow I wanted to have. I am selling it with all three of those tuning slides. In addition, I am including two heavy valve caps along with the original valve caps. I found this horn played best for me with extra weight on the 2ndand 3rdvalves.
The blow is what you would expect from a Bach 37. The upgrading work I had Melk to did largely alter resistance (I liked the resistance to begin with), but rather livened up the sound and made the intonation better as well. I had a hard time replacing this horn because I love that old Bach sound. I have played it as my gigging Bb trumpet for six years now and have only recently found something that I like better, and that only after switching mouthpiece designs.
I purchased this trumpet without a case and am selling it without a case. In the six years I owned the horn I got one ding and one small dent. I had both professionally removed.
I’m asking 1800 shipped to the continental USA.