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    Why Mount Vernon Bach?

    Hello-

    I was wondering what your opinion is on Mount Vernon Bach trumpets and why they are considered rather desireable. Is it the sound, or the feel, or the craftsmanship?


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    Re: Why Mount Vernon Bach?

    The short answer:- Yes.

    The longer answer:- They were the last horns that were made while Vincent owned the company before it was sold it to Selmer. I have a 1964 Mt Vernon, a great horn, I am not sure wether it was made at Mt Vernon or by Selmer with Mt Vernon parts, made about the time of the chandeover.

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    Re: Why Mount Vernon Bach?

    I have a 65- made just after the move. Best playing horn on my list.
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    Re: Why Mount Vernon Bach?

    Bob Pucci (tuba player and collector) wrote an interesting blurb concerning early Bach trumpet quality in the 1940's. Take it with a grain of salt. IMO, anytime a horn, any horn is given Holy Grail affection you're not getting the full story. Some would consider his remarks sacrilegious. Some of it is very interesting, especially the 3rd slide dump vs. valve comment.

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    Re: Why Mount Vernon Bach?

    I owned a '55 Mt. Vernon for about 15 years, a ML 43. It was a nice horn, but I also owned a '76 Elkhart ML 43 at the same time, and I could tell little difference in them. When I needed to sell one to buy a better cornet for brass band, I sold the Mt. Vernon, mainly because it would bring more money. In my opinion, the Elkhart is every bit as good as the Mt. Vernon was.
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    Re: Why Mount Vernon Bach?

    Quote Originally Posted by tobylou8 View Post
    Bob Pucci (tuba player and collector) wrote an interesting blurb concerning early Bach trumpet quality in the 1940's. Take it with a grain of salt. IMO, anytime a horn, any horn is given Holy Grail affection you're not getting the full story. Some would consider his remarks sacrilegious. Some of it is very interesting, especially the 3rd slide dump vs. valve comment.

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    BTW, I own a '72 Strad, and it's a very good horn.
    Interesting article, toby!
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    Re: Why Mount Vernon Bach?

    Roby-Yes, very interesting articles. Thanks for sharing. I've never played a Mt Vernon so can't say anything except I think the early Elkharts are some of the best horns available. Also, seems like lacquer was more popular back then.
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    Re: Why Mount Vernon Bach?

    I have an Elkhart D trumpet. The G in the staff is flat. I mentioned that in the Bach forum; my post was deleted. Here at TM we seldom delete posts unless someone is selling Chinese bass clarinets or Nokia phones, in which case we ban the "members." In the meantime, after years of collecting dust, I found a mouthpiece that works on it, but hey, on a good horn almost all mainstream mouthpieces should work. It does sound nice, though.
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    Re: Why Mount Vernon Bach?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dale Proctor View Post
    I owned a '55 Mt. Vernon for about 15 years, a ML 43. It was a nice horn, but I also owned a '76 Elkhart ML 43 at the same time, and I could tell little difference in them. When I needed to sell one to buy a better cornet for brass band, I sold the Mt. Vernon, mainly because it would bring more money. In my opinion, the Elkhart is every bit as good as the Mt. Vernon was.
    Pretty similar experience ... had a 1960 Mt Vernon ... 1973 Bach 43* ... and now a 1978 37 with a Bob Malone lead pipe ... all nice horns and all played pretty much the same
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    Re: Why Mount Vernon Bach?

    Some interesting posts. I wonder what people would say if I asked about their thoughts on Mt. Vernon vs. brand new Bach horns
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