Mid-Sixties Vintage Bach Stradivarius made in Elkhart, Indiana
The Stradivarius 180
… is the standard Bach professional model Bb trumpet. It is the number one selling professional trumpet model in the world. There are several popular variations that combine different features which are designated by adding specific numbers or letters to the model number.
Popular Models: 18037, 18043, and 18072
18037 in Brass
180S37 in Silver
180S43 in Silver
180S43 with Reverse Leadpipe
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Standard features include a medium large bore (ML – .459″), standard weight body, one-piece hand-hammered yellow brass bell, monel pistons, 1st valve slide thumb saddle, adjustable 3rd valve slide stop rod, and clear lacquer finish. The 37, 43, and 72 indicate the flare of the bell.
Bach describes the #25 leadpipe as:
“… allows for slight resistance that is effective in centering tone production.”
Bach Professional Model 18037 Bb Trumpet
Many other features are available, and designated by additions to the model number.
The numbers 37 or 43 indicate the type of taper applied to the bell flare. #37 is the most common.
The Stradavarius is available in one of two finishes, lacquered brass or silver plate. This is indicated in the model number by an L or S.
For example, a model like this: 18037, indicates a Stradivarius model with a lacquered brass finish. Where this model number: 180S37, indicates a finish in silver plate.
Other Model and Feature Indicators
Bell Taper: 37 or 43 (Standard models)
Bell Dia.: 4.8″
Model: 190 (Elkhart 50th Anniversary)
Two piece valve casing with nickel balusters and wide sculpted bracing.
LT190L1B (.462 Large bore)
Light weight design with .459, and #1 bell taper, 5″ diameter and French style rim.
I have a Bach Stradivarius Bb trumpet, model 38 medium bore, purchased around 1974. After calling around to get an approximate value, I am not finding anybody that seems to be familiar with this model. Any suggestions?
Do a search on eBay for Bach Stradivarius 37, and see what comes up. If you want to get an idea of the value, click on “Completed Items” in your search filters. That will show you the auctions that have finished, and how much they sold for. After that, you have to determine what condition your trumpet is in, and decide which auctions most closely match the trumpet you have. If I’m not mistaken a Bach Stradivarius 37 Medium Bore in good condition should be worth between $1600 and $2500 USD. Thanks!