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Vintage Trumpets / Cornets Discuss Bach Mercury Series in the Equipment forums; Am I correct that the Mercury model was the lowest, bottom-line model for beginners/students? If so, why is it so ...
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    Bach Mercury Series

    Am I correct that the Mercury model was the lowest, bottom-line model for beginners/students?

    If so, why is it so expensive? Is it because of the rarity?

    I don't think its rare at any expense, I have seen over 20 this year...... Just every Mercury I see is least priced at 1000 dollars.
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    Re: Bach Mercury Series

    I believe they share the same "legend" that the Mercedes boasts...that some of them shared parts with the gold standard Strads.

    I owned a Mercury cornet for a short while and it was very nice. Sturdy, well made, and it had a very warm & robust sound.

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    Re: Bach Mercury Series

    Not exactly. I don't believe Bach was thinking of a student line, just an economy one. Mercedes originates close to the onset of the Great Depression.

    There are 3 pre-Selmer Mercedes horns that have sold on EBay in the last 3 months, a NY trumpet, a NY cornet and a Mt. Vernon bell tuning loop cornet. The last was a surprise and I wonder if it was original. All sold for less than $850 (I suspect well less than).

    Relative scarcity drives their price up I suppose, though the Selmer Bach Mercedes II line, on the other hand, does not seem to share that attribute.

    oops - you said Mercury. Sorry. Again, I think Bach was looking for a lower line, but not necessarily student. For those, yes. They are quite rare and that manifests in a collectibles driven price premium.

    I have to wonder if Bach intended Mercedes be the lowest though - that was the recycled parts brand after all. The others were unique designs and original parts mostly.
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    Re: Bach Mercury Series

    I had one of the rare 375 mercurys made with imported valve sections- it had just the nicest sound you could ask for, which I attribute to the bell. It was the model 108 bell, which Bach used on his cornets at the time. Unfortunately it was just too small of a bore for me (.446) so I sold it to someone who I knew would enjoy it more. They're fantastic horns if you can find a good one.
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    Re: Bach Mercury Series

    Mine plays really well. All these years and it's the only Bach I've ever owned, and I've had opportunities to truly and buy LOTS of them, from NY to modern. This one was the only one worth it for me, and still I play it rarely, for fun. It was the daily player for the previous owner, though, who played it with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga! I think his daily player might be an Adams now - I know he traded the Mercury towards another horn.
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