Vincent Bach's birth name was Vincenz Schrottenbach
In 1909, a young Vincent Bach performed in a band of
cross-dressing young men. (It's not as unusual as it sounds - seems there were many such bands back then.)
Bach came to New York in 1914 with little more than his Besson cornet and five dollars in cash.
The base price of a Bach Stradivarius trumpet in 1925 was $125.00 ($131.25, if you chose the Vincent Bach Corporation Installment Plan).
The number 6 bell was based on the French Besson owned by Harry Glantz (NY Phil. Orch.) and became the standard bell for Bach trumpets starting in 1926. The gold brass version of this bell is now featured on the Limited Edition Model 198.
The valve stroke of the Bach trumpet is 5/8th", while the "centers" for each corresponding valve slide is .781" - the same as Holton and a few other manufacturers.
A current Stradivarius Bb trumpet (standard model with first valve finger hook) is assembled from 96 separate parts!
Vincent Bach had one of his favorite Besson cornets melted down to have the brass analyzed.
Vindabona is the original Latin name for Vienna.
Compiled by David S. Miller