In 1953, Bach moved factories again, this time to Mount Vernon, New York where production continued until the early 1960s.
Vincent Bach sold his company to the Selmer Corporation in 1961.
Red rot is a concern because the metal gets fragile in those areas, but we don't think it will be an issue for many years.
There is a small amount of pitting on the upper slide brace.
Trombone designs were finalised in 1928, the same year Vincent moved factories to the Bronx, New York.
Hence, I don't think there were any trombones produced at the previous site (I haven't seen any evidence to suggest the opposite), but don't quote me on this!
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Because this is a working factory, tours are limited to about 30 minutes and no more than four to five visitors per tour, please. No open-toed shoes or sandals allowed, but cameras and questions are welcome!
We will repair all Kanstul instruments, and many popular brands at our discretion.
This is a vintage professional trombone, model 34BG, made by the Vincent Bach Company.
The serial number of 70xx puts the date of manufacture at around 1964, according to The Bach Loyalist. Vernon, New York Bach plant apparently closed in 1963, and the Elkhart production began in 1965, so we can't explain it all. The bell engraving reads: Stradivarius 34BVincent Bach Corporation Mt.Note: Vincent Bach used the trade names of Stradivarius, Mercedes, Mercury, Minerva, and Apollo.