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2001 Bach Stradivarius Model 198 Bb trumpet 


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In recreating a 1930's look, this limited edition trumpet incorporates hex-style slide pull knobs and wider bracing than found on today's standard models. A longer mouthpiece receiver embraces the Bach Mt. Vernon look. A handsome silver-plated finish with gold-plated trim and distinctive engraving protects and adorn the instrument.  Like all Bach Stradivarius trumpets this one has one-piece bell construction.

While today the Bach model 180S37, based on the #37 bell flare and #25 lead pipe, stands as the world's most popular trumpet, such was not the case during Vincent's lifetime. In the period 1927-1930 Bach trumpets based on a #6 bell flare and #6 lead pipe were all the rage. Famous musicians such as Harry Glantz, George Mager, F.E. Olds, Elden Benge, and mouthpiece maker Frank Zottola at one time owned one of these Bach models.

The Selmer Company paid tribute to this popular model by using it as the basis for its limited edition Bach Stradivarius trumpet. Although a #6 bell might sound slightly brighter than a #37 due to the shape of the flare, use of a gold brass bell eliminates that edge. Gold brass contains a higher copper content than standard yellow brass, making the bell softer and dampening vibrations for a warmer tone quality. Based on the popular .459" medium-large bore, it is comfortable to play and focus. Incorporating the #6 lead pipe, which generally feels slightly more restrictive than the standard #25 lead pipe that most of today's musicians are used to, recreates the sound and feel of a popular 1930-era Bach trumpet. Utilizing a lightweight body and bell enhances the instrument's quick response. Bach originally announced that 2,000 of this limited edition Bach trumpet (model number 198) would be built. It is believed that they eventually only made 1500.

This horn shows no wear and it is in excellent playing condition.

Bach 198 Stradivarius #6 Series Bb Trumpet Features:
  • Key: Bb 
  • Bore: 459-inch Medium Large 
  • Leadpipe: #6 Taper with Mt. Vernon Style Receiver
  • Leadpipe Material: Yellow Brass
  • Bell: 4.8-inch #6 Taper Lightweight
  • Bell Material: Gold Brass
  • Valves: Monel Piston
  • 1st Valve Slide Adjustment: Saddle
  • 3rd Valve Slide Adjustment: Fixed Ring with Adjustable Slide Stop
  • Features: Standard Water Key; Semi-Precious Finger Buttons
  • Finish: Silver with Gold Plated Trim and Gold Wash Bell
  • Engraving:  Elaborate Bell engraving


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