Bach 42AF Stradivarius Trombones
Featuring the Bach “Infinity” Valve
Bach Stradivarius Trombones are regarded among the finest handmade trombones in the world. Made in Elkhart Indiana, the Bach Stradivarius Trombones have been revitalized to produce unmatched slide performance, exceptional build quality and impeccable performance. Bach’s new hand-slide manufacturing process produces slides that are impeccable. Now, Bach has combined this renewed performance with their new “Infinity” rotor to form the new Bach 42AF Stradivarius Trombone!
“Bach 42AF Trombones are completely inspected in our Bach ProShop to guarantee their quality. Any Bach 42AF that does not meet our standards is sent back to Bach.”
Bach Infinity Valve
The Bach 42AF is equipped with Bach’s patented “Infinity” valve. This new valve combines a traditional “axial flow” valve with a dual bearing system for the smoothest, consistent operation and even performance of any rotor system made. The secret to this design is it’s dual bearing system. By utilizing a bearing on both sides of the rotor, the rotor itself stays balanced and has no surface wear between the rotor and the casing, leading to a lower maintenance cost through the life of the instrument and no loss of air compression over time.
Made in the USA
Bach 42AF Trombones are made in the USA at the Elkhart, Indiana Bach factory of Conn-Selmer.
Options for Bach 42AF Trombones
Bach 42AF Trombones can be ordered and configured with a full bevy of optional features. Please note that these are all special order features and the instrument would have to be built for you! If you are interested in getting a custom build Bach, give us a call!
- Optional Bell Materials (Goldbrass, Heavy Brass, Heavy Goldbrass & Solid Silver)
- Engraving (3 pattern options: Anniversary, Deluxe or Standard – as well as custom letter engraving)
- Lightweight nickel-silver outer slide
- Silver Plated
- Gold Plated
- Removable Leadpipes
Bach 42AF Specifications
|Country of Manufacture||Made 100% in the USA|
|Bell||8.5″ Hand-Hammered One-Piece Bell|
|Rotor||Patented Double Bearing (top & bottom) “Infinity” Valve|
|Slide||Yellow Brass Outer Slide|
|Warranty||2 Year Warranty covering defects in workmanship and materials.|
|Included Accessories||Bach Stradivarius Case, Bach Mouthpiece|
History of the Bach Brand
Born Vincent Shrotenbach in Vienna in 1890, he initially received training on violin, but subsequently switched to trumpet 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 musical success as he toured throughout Europe.
World War I 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 procured 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 later added trombones to his line around 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 was moved from Mount Vernon to their current home in Elkhart, Indiana. Today, these instruments continue to embody the highest standards of craftsmanship and adhere to Vincent’s original designs and blueprints.
Bach 42AF Trombones
12 Month, 0% Interest Financing!
Purchase a New Bach 42AF through Kessler & Sons Music using United Midwest Savings Bank and receive special 12 Month, 0% Interest Financing!
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12 Month, 0% Financing Option Available on New Instrument at Advertised New Price Only. Full details on financing page.
Does not apply towards Store Used Demos or Used Instruments. Demos and Used models can still be financed under standard terms.