tptmaster, This week I have an appointment with someone who is selling his Mount Vernon (1960). He's asking $ 3000,= for this totally overhauled instrument. Although I don't want to pay this price, I'm very curious how it plays. I have the pictures and it looks as a new one. Can you tell me the differences (for you) in response, tone, intonation etc. What are the things that you don't like. I've read that the modern Bachs are just the same as the older ones, except the bell. When the factory was moved to Elkhart they changed the manufacturing process of the bell. That should be the main reason for that particulary Mount Vernon sound.