BACH TIDBITS

 

Bach introduced his Stradivarius Model in 1924. His price was $125 for a trumpet in raw brass. This was a higher price than his competitors' prices by more than 25 percent.

The earliest New York Stradivarius Bb trumpets weighed 2 pounds, 3.2 ounces. Mt Vernon Stradivarius Bb trumpets weighed 2 pounds, 6.5 ounces.

Bach's first known technical drawing of a trumpet was dated 1921.

 

The first version of Bach's "The Art of Trumpet Playing" was published in 1916.  His business address at the time was 210 W. 107 Street, New York, NY.  This version was not registered with the U.S. Copyright Office.  Does anyone have a copy of it?

 

Around 1955, Bach changed the tapers on his mouthpiece shanks from the Brown & Sharpe Standard Taper (0.50 inches per foot) to the Morse Standard Taper No. 1 (0.05 inches per inch).  This change corresponds to a redesign of the instruments, including the mouthpiece receiver.  This means that for a perfect mouthpiece fit for a Mt Vernon Bach trumpet, the mouthpiece has to have a taper that matches the instrument.  Think of this as early and late Mt Vernon instruments and their corresponding mouthpieces.

 

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