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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 have had this trumpet for over a year now. Ever time I pick up this trumpet it makes me love with playing all over again. This trumpet has a brilliant ring to the sound especially when you need it. It plays and sounds like a Bach in every way. I have played in many churches and in many different concert halls and I am never disappointed. Every person I let try it out is instantly wanting to buy one.....By far the best C, if not the best trumpet I have ever owned.
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!
I compared this horn extensively with the Philly, Artisan, and the Yamaha Chicago. Ultimately, I purchased the Artisan, but it was a tough choice and mostly personal taste.
The Chicago, first of all, is a phenomenal horn. Fantastic response, projection, and sound. It has the natural brilliance a C should have, at all dynamics, but also has an intrinsic warmth that makes it great for more lyrical lines as well. It's quite in tune compared to standard line Bachs, and feels open and easy to blow, while being far more efficient than the 25H pipe.
The Philly, in comparison, is a little harder to light up and project with. For someone with a naturally brighter sound it might be the way to go, or maybe a section player. The extra heft from the heavier bell could help in lower parts.
The Artisan is subtly different; it is a little tighter, with more defined slots. Articulations have incredible ring; no other C has matched its clarity and projection of articulations. Its sound is distinctly Bach, but different from the Chicago. It has more weight and depth to my ear, but is perhaps a little harder to shape.
The Yamaha, while superior, was not worth $1000+ more than the others, in my opinion. For a full time symphony player it probably would be, mostly for the intonation.
You can't go wrong with any of these horns, it just depends on you.
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.