Of the many brands of professional brass instruments available today, the Bach Stradivarius line has remained a clear choice of brass players around the world. Vincent Bach's designs and specifications from over 50 years ago are accepted as the standard by many other manufacturers as well.
Leadpipe: 25 Taper
Leadpipe Material: Yellow Brass
Bell: 4-13/16-inch One-Piece Hand Hammered 38 Taper
Bell Material: Yellow Brass
Valves: Monel Pistons
1st Valve Slide Adjustment: Thumb Saddle
3rd Valve Slide Adjustment: Fixed Ring
Features: Medium Bore; One-Piece Hand Hammered 38 Taper Bell; Monel Valves; Nickel Silver Slide Receivers
Finish: Silver (Lacquer Available by Special Order)
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Comments about Bach 180SM Stradivarius Series Bb Trumpet:
After some expensive trumpet crusades involving owning/selling or play testing multiple professional trumpets I finally found the balance of sound and ease of play I wanted in the Bach 180M. I've used this as my primary trumpet for both orchestra and solo work since 2006, with my trumpet receiving a professional valve alignment and more open leadpipe over the standard 25 pipe (you can special order the 25-O pipe if you want, or find something similar from a restoration shop). The sound is sweeter/richer sounding than the ML Strad with the 37 bell, yet still has a nice brilliance when played with a medium cup mouthpiece like the Bach 3C. With the open leadpipe, this trumpet plays well above the staff and doesn't push back like many medium bore horns I tried. The resistance is moderate (more than the 37 ML version Bach), but consistent in both low and high range in this configuration. The Medium bore won't accept quite the same amount of air as its ML bore cousin (or generate the same maximum volume), but I find the sound of the 38 bell with the Medium bore the most satisfying tone quality. This trumpet is ideally suited for someone who wants to control their dynamics, articulation, and air and still get a great sound. If you like the sound of the Strad trumpet with those classic overtones, but had resorted to playing cornet for the control gained, the Bach 180M is a great choice. Intonation is very good, on par with other Bach's I've played. This trumpet would also work well for older or younger players if a horn of this level was what you wanted. What stands out most about this trumpet -- the sound!
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