Buying Guide:Bach Stradivarius Trumpet Comparison Buying Guide


Bach Stradivarius Trumpet Comparison

 

 

This family of trumpets lives up to the Stradivarius name. Designed 80 years ago by Vincent Bach and still made in the USA today in Elkhart, Indiana, Bach Stradivarius trumpets are recognized as some of the finest trumpets in the world. And we offer them with our 45-Day Complete Satisfaction and Lowest Price Guarantees. Stradivarius trumpets are offered with a broad array of features; the charts below will help you pick out the model that's right for you.

 

Bells

 

Fullness of sound and projection are the hallmarks of the Bach Stradivarius trumpets. The one-piece bell construction allows unrestricted vibration of the bell. Bells with fast tapers generate dark, warm tones, while slow tapers produce bright tones. Stradivarius trumpets are available in a number of different tapers, each with a unique tonal quality.

 

  • 37: provides rich, compact sound with great projection 
  • 43: broader, brighter open tone
  • 72: darker strong, powerful sound 
  • 25: sharper and slightly tighter with more focused projection 
  • 38: compact, fluid sound 
  • 239: big, rich, dark sound  

 

The bell's material is also important to the trumpet's tone. The high copper content (85%) in gold brass makes it softer and redder than yellow brass (70%), yielding a warmer tone. For a focused sound with great projection, Sterling Plus bells—seamlessly constructed of 99.9% pure silver—create a full complement of overtones.

 

Mouthpipes

 

Like the bell, mouthpipes with fast tapers produce warm tones and slow tapers create bright sounds. Reversed construction allows a more open feel with less resistance by eliminating a step at the main tuning slide and maintaining a longer taper length for improved intonation. The rounded main tuning slide crook option eliminates tight bends so the air moves freely for a more open feel.

 

  • 25: provides some resistance and is effective in centering or tying together tone production 
  • 25-Open: more open and free-blowing 
  • 7: more free-blowing with a darker tone 
  • 43: more flexible and open feeling with less resistance and a brighter sound 
  • 25C: same features as the 25 
  • 25A: longer version of 25C  

 

Bore

 

The bore size also plays a role in a trumpet's tonal quality, but it's not as important as many musicians think. Most players opt for a medium-large bore. Larger-bore trumpets may have greater volume and carrying power, but they require more effort to play. The Vindabona dual bore has a medium-large valve section and a smaller inner diameter on top of the main tuning slide for a dark, warm sound.

 

  • M: medium, .453" (11.51mm) 
  • ML: medium-large, .459" (11.66mm) 
  • MLV: Vindabona, .453"/.459" (11.51/11.66mm) 
  • L: large, .462" (11.74mm) 
  • XL: extra-large, .468" (11.89mm)  

 

Another important feature of all Bach Stradivarius trumpets is the use of Monel pistons. The non-corrosive metal, hand-lapped fit, carefully aligned ports, and enclosed bronze springs ensure light, trouble-free action for years, and the nylon guides eliminate valve noise. All Bach Stradivarius trumpets include a trumpet mouthpiece and trumpet case.http://www.musiciansfriend.com/trumpet-mouthpieces

 

180 Series Bb Stradivarius Trumpets

 

The 180 Series trumpets are the most popular Bach trumpets and are good for all-around playing. Shared features include standard-weight body and bell and standard 25 mouthpipe (except on XL and Vindabona bore models).

 

 

                                                                                                                       

Item #
461629
461639
461642
461631
461636
461640
461641
461643
461645
Base Model
180ML
180ML
180ML
180ML
180ML
180ML
180ML
180L
180M
Model
180-37
180-43
180-72
180-37G
180-37R
180-43G
180-43R
180L
180M
Key
Bb
Bb
Bb
Bb
Bb
Bb
Bb
Bb
Bb
Bore: inches
.459"
.459"
.459"
.459"
.459"
.459"
.459"
.462"
.453"
Bore: metric (mm)
11.66
11.66
11.66
11.66
11.66
11.66
11.66
11.74
11.51
Bell
37
43
72
37
37
43
43
25
38
Mouthpipe
25
25
25
25
25
25
25
25
25
Vindabona (Dual) bore
Yellow brass bell
X
X
X
X
X
Gold brass bell
X
X
Sterling Plus bell
X
X
Silver-plated finish
Lacquer finish
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X

 

 

 

 

LR180 Series

 

The LR180 Series trumpets have a unique configuration allowing for the quick response of a lightweight model along with the projection of a standard model. They feature lightweight bodies, standard-weight bells, and reversed construction 25LR mouthpipes (longer form of 25 with less resistance).

 

 

                                                                                                                                                       

Item #
461794
461795
461797
461798
462790
461800
Base Model
LR180ML
LR180ML
LR180ML
LR180ML
LR180ML
LR180ML
Model
LR180-37
LR180-43
LR180-72
LR180S-37
LR180S-43
LR180S-72
Key
Bb
Bb
Bb
Bb
Bb
Bb
Inches
.459"
.459"
.459"
.459"
.459"
.459"
Metric (mm)
11.66
11.66
11.66
11.66
11.66
11.66
Bell
37
43
72
37
43
72
Mouthpipe
25 Reversed
25 Reversed
25 Reversed
25 Reversed
25 Reversed
25 Reversed
Yellow brass bell
X
X
X
X
X
X
Silver-plated finish
X
X
X
Lacquer finish
X
X
X
Reversed mouthpipe
X
X
X
X
X
X

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Item #
461646
461654
461649
461650
461652
461653
461648
461647
461655
Base Model
180MLV
180XL
180ML
180ML
180ML
180ML
180M
180MLV
180XL
Model
180MLV
180XL
180S-37
180S-37G
180S-43
180S-72
180SM
180SMLV
180SXL
Key
Bb
Bb
Bb
Bb
Bb
Bb
Bb
Bb
Bb
Bore: inches
.453"/.459"
.468"
.459"
.459"
.459"
.459"
.453"
.453"/.459"
.468"
Bore: metric (mm)
11.51/11.66
11.89
11.66
11.66
11.66
11.66
11.51
11.51/11.66
11.89
Bell
72
43
37
37
43
72
38
72
43
Mouthpipe
43
25-Open
25
25
25
25
25
43
25-Open
Vindabona (Dual) bore
X
X
Yellow brass bell
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Gold brass bell
X
Sterling Plus bell
Silver-plated finish
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Lacquer finish
X
X

 

 

 

LT180 Series

 

Players who want a lively trumpet with a quick response prefer the LT180 Series trumpets. Shared features include a lightweight body and bell, and standard construction 25 mouthpipe (except for 72 bell).

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                   

Item #
461804
461805
461806
461807
461808
461809
461810
Base Model
LT180ML
LT180ML
LT180ML
LT180ML
LT180ML
LT180ML
LT180ML
Model
LT180-37
LT180-37G
LT180-43
LT180-72
LT180S-37
LT180S-43
LT180S-72
Key
Bb
Bb
Bb
Bb
Bb
Bb
Bb
Inches
.459"
.459"
.459"
.459"
.459"
.459"
.459"
Metric (mm)
11.66
11.66
11.66
11.66
11.66
11.66
11.66
Bell
37 Lwt.
37 Lwt.
43 Lwt.
72 Lwt.
37 Lwt.
43 Lwt.
72 Lwt.
Mouthpipe
25
25
25
25-Open
25
25
25-Open
Yellow brass bell
X
X
X
X
X
X
Gold brass bell
X
Lightweight bell
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Silver-plated finish
X
X
X
Lacquer finish
X
X
X
X

 

 

 

Bach C Trumpets and Piccolo Trumpets

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                   

Item #
465875
461787
460078
461673
461674
Base Model
180ML
C180ML
C180L
196
196
Model
197
C180SML Harmony
C180SL Harmony
196
196S
Key
Bb
C
C
High Bb/A
High Bb/A
Inches
.459"
.459"
.462"
.401"
.401"
Metric (mm)
11.66
11.66
11.74
10.19
10.19
Bell
7 Lwt.
239
239
196
196
Mouthpipe
7
25C
25C
196
196
Yellow brass bell
X
X
X
X
X
Lightweight bell
X
Silver-plated finish
X
X
X
X
Lacquer finish
X
Gold-plated trim
X

 

 

 

Bach Custom Stradivarius Trumpets

 

Musician's Friend has put together a few of the most popular custom orders for Bach Stradivarius trumpets. Now you can get your trumpet exactly how you want it without having to wait for it to be built.

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Item #
461638
467102
461651
461644
461796
462848
460075
Base Model
180ML
180ML
180ML
180L
LR180ML
LT180ML
C180L
Model
18037 Custom
180S-37 Custom
180S-37 Custom
180SL Custom
LR180S-43 Anniversary Custom
LT180S-72 Custom
C180L Custom
Key
Bb
Bb
Bb
Bb
Bb
Bb
C
Bore (inches)
.459"
.459"
.459"
.462"
.459"
.459"
.462"
Bore (mm)
11.66
11.66
11.66
11.74
11.66
11.66
11.74
Bell
37
37
37
25
43
72 Lwt.
239
Mouthpipe
25
25
25
25
25 Reversed
43 Reversed
25A
Yellow brass bell
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Heavyweight bell
X
Lightweight bell
X
Silver-plated finish
X
X
X
X
X
Lacquer finish
X
X
Reversed mouthpipe
X
X
Trigger on 1st valve
X
3rd slide water key
X
X
X
Lyre holder
X
Rounded main tuning slidecrook
X
X
X
Heavy bottom valve caps
X
X
X
Deluxe engraving
X
Anniversary engraving
X
Gold-plated bell interior
X
X
Gold-plated trim
X
X
X