NY Bach 43
NY Bach 43
This is a special horn. All NY Bach's are special, this one is very special. According to all the serial number lists I have seen, the last known NY Bach is #12576 and the first known Mt. Vernon is #12615. This horn is #12600, and it is marked NY, making this (as far as I can tell) the last known NY Bach. The Serial number matches on the valves, the valve stems and top caps. I will give you the good and the less good (not bad) on this horn:
The good: It is a player. Great valves and slides, compression and action is excellent. No red rot. No patches, no cracks. All the metal is solid. This horn is gig ready. Cosmetically it is pretty good, minor nicks, scratches and tiny dings that you would expect. These could be buffed/burnished out, but I tried to keep as much of the original patina as possible while preparing this horn for sale.
The Less good: It is not 100% original, but in my opinion, the most important parts are original. All of the tubing, bell and valves are original. The pinky hook (now ring) is not original. The first valve thumb saddle is not original, although it could easily be removed. There is no brace between the leadpipe and bottom slide receiver, I suspect there was one at one time as most Bachs have one, but I'm not sure. There is no 3rd slide stop, it may or may not have had one from the factory. All of these are obviously minor and mostly cosmetic issues. The bottom threads on the first valve casing have been replaced. The big one: The bell to leadpipe z braces are not original. When this horn came to me it had conn style straight rod braces installed. Fortunately, the solder marks were still evident from where the original braces were installed. I was able to take some braces that originally came off a 60's era Bach and refit them to this horn. I matched up the brace placement with the original marks to make this horn as original as possible.
Overall, this is a great specimen. Super rare serial number, great valves, great slides, no rot, no patches, ready to play. I am happy to answer any questions to the best of my ability. I will consider serious offers.
After receiving the shop card and doing some more extensive research it looks like this horn was sold in Sept, 1953, which is after the move to Mt. Vernon, however it is very likely that some of these parts, most noteably the gold brass bell, was made in the NY shop pre-move. Also note the valves got an "exceptionally tight" mark on the shop card, and the the horn was picked specifically by a customer.