Bach Strad 182 Bb Trumpet

This is a very pretty looking instrument, and almost looks too clean around the joints to be manufactured – as per engraving stamp – in the US. But this horn does feel substantial with a bell that seems stiffer than on a normal Bach and the plating is exceptional. So how does it blow? Yes, you’ve guessed it, it’s very, very user friendly, with no obvious vices, except perhaps being a little characterless – but it does what it’s supposed to do. And for a Bach 37 it sounds pretty good, with a solid Bach tone, offering a nice fatness as well as being bright. OK, it’s typically tight when pushed – but that’s a 37 for you, you either like it or you don’t. Splitting hairs, we felt the valves were a bit chunky, with pistons that perhaps weren’t up to the quality of the rest of the instrument but everything functioned perfectly. This is clearly an instrument that will suit the straight ahead player and will see any music student through college and on into the profession. And if they all come off the production line like our sample, they’re likely to be back ordered ‘til kingdom come. But don’t be looking for that magic individual, because we don’t think you’ll find one. Coming in the original hard shell case with stitched leather corners, it’s enough to bring tears to your eyes. www.vincentbach-ltd.co.uk

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