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Bach Chicago Series Stradivarius C TrumpetThe Bach Stradivarius Chicago C Trumpet is made with a .462-inch bore and a yellow brass body plus a lightweight #229 bell. It has a classic French bead flat rim, which results in excellent projection and a satisfying tone that can be bright or warm, depending on the nuance sought by the player. The Chicago C Strad's leadpipe has Vincent Bach's original design as its inspiration, but with narrower braces for improved resonance. The Bach Stradivarius C180SL Chicago Professional Silver C Trumpet includes a case and mouthpiece is available in silver finish.The Chicago C Trumpets are modeled after the trumpets used by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra more than 50 years ago that are still being used today. These trumpets feature a .462-inch bore and special leadpipe based on Vincent Bach's original design, plus a yellow brass body with a lightweight #229 bell along with a classic French bead flat rim for outstanding projection and tone. This trumpet also features a 1st valve thumb ring for easier tuning adjustment and narrower bell to valve casing and valve casing to leadpipe braces for improved resonance.
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Tried the Chicago C alongside a 25H, Artisan and Yamaha 8445S and it took me 3 trips to the music store on separate days to narrow them down to the 25H and the Chicago. While both were pretty close in quality, the Chicago just resonates so well and the notes seem to lock right in. It is my first C trumpet and ease of play is close to my b flat Bach 72. It plays great right off the shelf but if you get a valve alignment on it, you wont be able to put the horn down.
I had the privelege to play the Bach Chicago side by side vs. the Bach Philadelphia, Bach 180, Bach 229 H, Yamaha Xeno, Yamaha Chicago, and Yamaha New York. No other horn resonated in my left hand like the Bach Chicago. I compared it with the Yamaha Chicago quite a bit, and the Yamaha just felt inferior. It definitely isn't worth the extra $1000 dollars than the Bach. I played plenty of scales and the E and Eb are about as good as they'll get on a C trumpet. In the end, I walked out with no regrets!
This is the best C trumpet I have ever played. I wish it had been available in the 60's when I was starting out. Slotting and resonance from bottom to top register are very even. The intonation is much better than any C trumpet I have played. The sound is brilliant and focused. There is a quick response and light playing is very easy. On soft playing the sound is compact and cornetlike. Because the horn projects so well, it is not necessary to blow hard or play as loud as on "bigger","darker" horns. When blown hard, it puts out a lot of sound with tremendous projection. Because of the lightweight bell, it feels almost like an Eb trumpet to hold. This horn should work well in a quintet and for solo work as well as in an orchestra.
I couldn't agree with Ernst more. I also have played the Yamaha Chicago C and it too is an excellent horn. I went to NYC Yamaha on 5th ave for their Day of Trumpets event.
I recently got my Bach Chicago C trumpet. After waiting for more than a year I was really impatient to try out the horn. I played many C-trumpets from different Brands, such as Yamaha (including Chicago C), Conn and many different Bach's. All have been good instruments with some flaws. But the Bach Chicago C trumpet is by far the best C trumpet I've ever played on. Very even over the whole register, excellent intonation and best response ever experienced on a C trumpet. When you first blow the horn you have somewhat tight feel but after playing it for a few days you may easily adjust to the different resistance. The trumpet can be played without any effort even in the high register. After playing my previous Bach 229 25H trumpet it just felt like a tube without resistance and very loose (poor) slotting. I can recommend the Chicago C from Bach for any style of music.