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Bach Professional Model LT142BO Tenor Trombone

About the Model LT142BO

Vincent Bach combined his unique talents as both a musician and an engineer to create brass instruments of unequalled tonal quality. Often copied but never duplicated, Bach Stradivarius instruments today remain the sound choice of artists worldwide.

The Bach LT142BO trombone features an 8-1/2" one-piece hand-hammered yellow brass bell that has defined the symphonic sound for generations. The .547" large bore combined with the open wrap F attachment offers outstanding clarity and projection with less resistance. The chrome plated nickel silver inner handslide tubes provide the ideal surface for smooth and quick handslide action while the lightweight nickel outer handslide provides a light and quick response. Three interchangeable leadpipes offer the player a choice in resistance and feel. The clear lacquer finish adds a subtle warmth to the sound overall. The Bach Stradivarius LT142BO professional trombone is ideal for both symphonic and solo performance.

Bach "Stradivarius" - .547" large bore, open wrap F rotor, 8-1/2" hand-hammered yellow brass bell, lightweight nickel silver outer slide, 3 interchangeable leadpipes, clear lacquer finish, Bach 6-1/2HA mouthpiece, C1867A woodshell case.

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Born Vincent Shrotenbach in Vienna in 1890, he initially received training on violin, then switched when he heard its majestic sound.  Although Vincent also displayed a strong aptitude for science and graduated with an engineering degree, he gave up a promising career to pursue his first love and an uncertain future as a musician.  Performing under the stage name, Vincent Bach, he established a musical success as he toured throughout Europe. 

Bach_Inspecting.jpgWorld War 1 forced Vincent’s move to New York City where he arrived with only $5.00 in his pocket.  A letter to the famous conductor Karl Muck got Vincent an audition and a resulting position with the Boston Symphony.   By the following season, he was first trumpet in the Metropolitan Opera House.  While on tour in Pittsburgh, Vincent’s mouthpiece was ruined by a repairman.  Vincent had great difficulty in finding a suitable replacement.  While on furloughs he spent time in the basement of the Selmer Music store remodeling old mouthpieces.

In 1918, with the investment of $300 for a foot-operated lathe, Vincent went into the business of making mouthpieces.  The business grew rapidly and in 1924, the first Bach trumpets were produced.  Musicians frequently referred to a Bach trumpet as a real ‘Stradivarius’, thus inspiring the name Bach Stradivarius.  Bach trombones followed in 1928.

At the age of 71, Vincent sold his company.  Although he received twelve other offers, including some that were higher, Vincent chose to sell to the Selmer Company.  In 1964, the tooling and machinery for Bach instruments were moved from Mount Vernon to their current home in Elkhart, Indiana.  Today, these instruments continue to embody the highest standards of craftsmanship and are held to Vincent’s original designs and blueprints.

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