Bach Vindabona

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  1. caman

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    Can anyone give me any info on the Bach Strad Vindabona gold brass bell-72GH 43 leadpipe-trumpet? Are there any floating around out there. laquer or raw brass?

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  2. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

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    Word on the street has it they take a lot of energy to play, and that a good rotary has all the good qualities of the Vindabona (only more so!) and is easier to play.
     
  3. Bucaneer61

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    Second best horn I've ever played was an old Vindabona lacquer from around 1955 - 60. Easy response, great intonation - almost as good as my '72 Selmer Radial
     
  4. caman

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    Thanks for the comments, and I appreciate them. I am looking to hear from some of you TM's like Buc, that have actually played this horn. (Bach Vindabona)
     
  5. misty.sj

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    rowuk played one and had nice things to say on another thread. I think it might have been his first pro-horn experience if I remember correctly. You might PM him and ask for more info. I had never heard of the horn till he mentioned it.
     
  6. Bill Dishman

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    I use a Vindabona 65 Gold Brass Bell.

    Best Bb horn I have ever played. No it is not more work/effort than any other Bb.

    If anything relaxing yields better response even at louder dynamic levels.

    Our local store had several of these ordered a few years ago as I really liked them and they went very quickly. 12 horns in two weeks.

    I would think the 72 Bell would be fine as well.

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  7. caman

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    I went ahead and bought one in raw brass with the gold brass bell it's referred to with a 43 leadpipe, 72 bell, what a babe. Definitely room to grow into.

    Thanks for the responses.
     
  8. rowuk

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    A real Vindabona is a medium bore instrument if I remember correctly. I don't recall it having a 72 bell or 43 leadpipe though. Are you really sure that this is a Vindabona? I liked the one that I played because it felt more like a cornet with MUCH more color at medium and soft volumes.
     
  9. Mark Bradley

    Mark Bradley Pianissimo User

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    I have a 1966 Bach Vindabona that's a real peach. A great playing instrument-- mine has the 72 bell. I recently had it completely reconditioned by brass guru Charlie Melk a Charlie's Brassworks in Wisconsin, including redoing the valves. Now it's like a brand new horn-- from 1966! Charlie measured the leadpipe (original of course) and it didn't really measure out like any of the "standard" Bach leadpipes of today. I thought it would just be a 43 but I guess the trumpets made at this time were unique-- this horn was made just as the then new facility in Elkhart opened and it's probably as much like a Mt.Vernon era horn as you can get without actually being a Mt.Vernon. Other comments are correct as to the playing characteristics. The step bore does indeed make it more cornet-like. A big dark sound and very easy to play. It's the ultimate symphonic and/or solo, small group jazz combo instrument. I believe Wynton played a Vindabona before losing it and going to Monette (just kidding!).

    I spent a lot of money on this Vindabona ($975 alone just in the complete overhaul by Charlie Melk not to mention the $1000 I originally paid for it) but unfortunatly I'm mainly playing in big band settings where I need a brighter type horn to compete with the psychos with their 14A4a's and bright (read-obnoxious) lead type horns so I'm looking to sell this great old (new) '66 Vindabona. Drop me a line if you're interested! I currently have it listed on that other trumpet site marketplace (Trumpet Herald).
     
  10. caman

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    I am perfectly happy with the one I have 43 lead pipe, 72 gold brass bell. However, I do also own a Silver 180/37 Bach Strad I'll trade you if you need something brighter.
     

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