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Vincent Bach B-Flat Trumpet

Vincent Bach B-Flat Trumpet

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Description (Brief)

This trumpet was made by Vincent Bach Corporation in Elkhardt, Indiana in 1965. It is a B-flat trumpet, serial number 31291, made of brass and nickel silver, and has three piston valves with mother-of-pearl finger buttons. This trumpet is engraved:

Model 37
Vincent Bach
Elkhardt, Ind.

Vincent Bach (1890-1976), born Vincent Schrotenbach, was an Austrian musician and brass instrument maker. In 1914, Bach emigrated to the United States, where he performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera and continued to play through 1926.

With an investment of $300, Bach started making mouthpieces in 1918, and by 1924 expanded his business making trumpets, cornets, and later trombones. In 1961, Bach sold his firm to the Selmer Company, which acquired his tooling and machinery and continued making his instruments with his original designs and blueprints.

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Object Name
Vincent Bach Corporation
place made
United States: Indiana, Elkhart
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
nickel silver (overall material)
overall: 19 in x 4 3/4 in x 6 in; 48.26 cm x 12.065 cm x 15.24 cm
case: 6 1/8 in x 21 1/4 in x 13 in; 15.5575 cm x 53.975 cm x 33.02 cm
trumpet: 5 in x 6 7/8 in x 19 1/4 in; 12.7 cm x 17.4625 cm x 48.895 cm
mouthpiece: 2 7/16 in x 1 in; 6.19125 cm x 2.54 cm
ID Number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of H. & A. Selmer, Inc.
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Data Source
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