Bach Stradivarius 189 239 Eb/D Trumpet
We are pleased to offer for sale this Bach Stradivarius Model 189 Eb/D trumpet. Someone modified this with a brass connector at the bell, added a long brace to the bell, and swapped the standard water keys for Amado keys. I’m not sure who did the work, but they were wizards, and the end result is spot-on slotting in a free-blowing horn with a wide-open upper register and a smooth, bright tone that’s not ear-piercing as some D’s tend to be. This plays infinitely better than the other Bach Eb/D’s I have played, with a huge sound and none of the expected stuffiness or intonation problems. (It was mainly used in the Utah Symphony, so there’s that.) Reversed leadpipe and Amado keys account for some of the decreased resistance, as does the EL bore. It is in excellent condition: silver (on the silver parts only, of course) about 95% with just very minor wear and signs of very small dings being removed here and there, including at the end of one of the third-valve tuning slides. All tuning slides free, valves are fast and smooth and show very little wear. In fact, it’s a relatively newer horn—serial number 599XXX is far too new for the published lists, but it’s likely around 2009 or so. Just through the shop where it was chem cleaned, polished, lubed, and had new slide O-rings installed. Includes a decent case with repaired hinges and general wear, but you’re gonna put this in your triple case anyway. Includes full sets of D and Eb slides. A great Eb/D that will serve you well for your Haydn, Hummel, Hindemith, and maybe even a few that don’t begin with “H!” Sells new for $3,829, and hard to find on the used market, so snatch this one up before the off-to-conservatory rush, and save more than $1,500!