How to Identify a Bach Stradivarius Trumpet by Its Serial Number
Bach Stradivarius trumpets are among the most sought-after instruments in the world. They are known for their high quality, craftsmanship, and sound. But how can you tell if you have a genuine Bach Stradivarius trumpet or a copy
One way to identify a Bach Stradivarius trumpet is by its serial number. The serial number is usually engraved on the second valve casing or on the mouthpiece receiver. You can use the serial number to find out when and where your trumpet was made, and what model it is.
However, there are some challenges and limitations to using the serial number as a reliable indicator of authenticity. First of all, not all Bach Stradivarius trumpets have serial numbers. Some of the earliest models, made before 1926, did not have any serial numbers at all. Second, some serial numbers may have been duplicated, altered, or erased over time. Third, some counterfeiters may have copied or forged serial numbers from genuine Bach Stradivarius trumpets.
Therefore, it is important to use other methods of verification as well, such as checking the logo, the bell engraving, the valve alignment, the leadpipe stamping, and the overall quality and condition of the instrument. You can also consult an expert appraiser or a reputable dealer for more information.
To help you with your serial number lookup, here is a table of Bach Stradivarius trumpet serial numbers and their corresponding years of manufacture, based on the official website of Conn-Selmer, Inc., the current owner of the Bach brand[^1^]. Note that Vincent Bach used different trade names for his trumpets over time, such as Stradivarius, Mercedes, Mercury, Minerva, and Apollo[^2^]. Also note that some serial numbers may vary from time to time due to unknown reasons[^2^].