What’s on My Bench? A 1948 Bach 42 Trumpet!

Yes, brass fans - you read that correctly - a 42 bell trumpet! You can check out the original specs of the horn on the photo of the shop card, too!

This horn is almost all original, with roughly 70% of its lacquer remaining, and has seen very little trauma in its long life. The leadpipe has been replaced with a copper one and the 2nd valve slide pull knob is missing, but it’s nice and straight and shows very little evidence of repair otherwise. It even comes with the original case! Unfortunately we don’t have the original shop card to send with it, so the photo will have to do.

Compression on this horn is not perfect, but it is still very playable oiled up with Berp #3. It’s quite the player, too! Beautiful, resonant, and easy to control. I could easily gig on this horn tomorrow! Alas, I only gig on modern horns (easier to replace!), so this baby will be listed and available for sale soon. If you’re a fan of vintage Bachs, it might be just what you’re looking for! Watch for it in our listings soon.

Wishing you some vintage happiness in your day!