I have seen discussed pre- vs. post-strike horns made by Bach (aka Conn-Selmer-Steinway). But I have yet to read anything about strike trumpets; that is, horns made during the strike by company X. Bach shoveled off at least some of its production during the strike. I found that out after I bought from Dominic's music (as advertised on Ebay) a Bach trumpet. Its main slide has a spit valve that does not align directly with the spit hole, evidently because the wrong spit valve was soldered on (perhaps a 3rd valve, spit-valve) or it was soldered on slightly on the wrong place on the slide. I was getting a lot of spit on the table under the trumpet when I practiced over a table. Way back in Sept 10, 2010, I was told by Dominic that Bach was going to take care of getting me another tuning slide right away; but it has not yet come (as of Nov 18, 2010). After I squawked some, a very nice person told me that the reason for the delay was that Bach was going back to the strike manufacturer who made my horn. Ach!! I bought the horn ~ July, 2010, but it had been made during the strike, which I think ended in 2008. So I got some old strike stock dumped on me unawares. But I can't fault anyone legally, for a manufacturer is free to subcontract out work & put his name on it. Your brand name medicine could be made by Podunk Product Pill Producer Generico for all you know. & I don't know if Dominic knew or not. But if I had known it was a strike horn, not actually made by Bach, I would not have bought it. And I can't say that the horn doesn't make a pretty sound. Bach may have been super careful on tone, but they weren't super careful at checking the spit valve. On the other hand, they may have been super careful to make sure they kept shipping out horns to sell. And BTW, I do not sympathize with scabs. Yet I also know that foreign competition can make it impossible to pay workers a decent salary or even stay in business. Who can compete with child workers or prisoners put to work by the state (our prisoners should have to work). So my curiosity is Who Actually Made My "Bach" TR301? Pronounce the a in Bach like the a in batch (& don't get fancy with the ch, trying to sound like a Scotsman saying Loch Ness Monster; no Germanic palatial fricative ch -- use the ch in "chop chop.") Oh Well, Does anyone know who made the Bach strike-trumpets?