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Hickey's Music Center is an authorized Bach retailer. We offer the full line of Bach instruments at very competitive prices. Each new trombone is sold complete with case and mouthpiece, and is backed up by the manufacturer's warranty as well as our own. We inspect and play test every instrument before it leaves the store to insure that it is in top working order, making any adjustments as necessary. Our full service, accredited repair shop also stands ready to assist you should you need your new (or existing) instrument further fine tuned to meet your standards.

100% Made in USA
As a Bach dealer I hear all manner of rumors pertaining to Bach instruments. So, it's time to set the record straight: All Bach Stradivarius professional and Bach intermediate brasses are made in United States. No smoke, no mirrors, just 100 percent American made horns. All are made exclusively at the Bach plant in Elkhart, Indiana. They are not (and never have been) made in China or anywhere else outside the United States. They are not (and never have been) "assembled in USA with foreign parts," or any other lawyerly nonsense meant to hide a simple truth: Trucks arrive at Elkhart from mills with raw brass, nickel and other materials. The employees work these materials into precision instruments. That's it. The sole exception to this are the Swiss made Renee Hagmann valves used on the 42A and 50A series horns. It is true that Conn-Selmer imports some specific student line instruments from the far east (the TB600 and TB711), but their premier Bach student trombone, the TB301, continues to be made in Elkhart. As always, if you have any questions about anything you see in our catalog or on our website, you are welcome to write and we'll do our best to answer your questions. Thanks! —Chuck

Model  Description
Alto Trombone  
Bach 39 Alto Trombone
Bach 39
 Eb Alto Trombone
  Key of Eb, .468" medium bore, 6.5" one piece yellow brass bell, chrome plated nickel silver seamless inner slide, brass outer slide, nickel silver handgrip, tubular nickel silver body braces, genuine Vincent Bach mouthpiece, clear lacquer, deluxe wood shell case. The 39 is one of the more popular altos on the market. Its sound is quite typical of an alto trombone, with a bias towards that of a small tenor trombone rather than a slide flugelhorn as is the case with many imported instruments. Standard variations include:

Small Bore "Jazz" Trombones
Bach 12 Jazz Trombone
Bach 12
 
Jazz Tenor Trombone
  Key of Bb, .500" medium bore, 7-1/2" one-piece yellow brass bell, chrome-plated nickel silver seamless inner slide, brass outer slide, nickel silver handgrip, tubular nickel silver body braces, removable gold-plated balance weight, genuine Vincent Bach mouthpiece, deluxe wood shell case. See Bach Trombone Options below to additional available options. Click here for pricing and availability.
Bach 16 Jazz Trombone

Bach 16
 
Jazz Tenor Trombone
  Key of Bb, .495"/.509" dual bore, 7-1/2" one-piece yellow brass bell, chrome-plated nickel silver seamless inner slide, brass outer slide, nickel silver handgrip, tubular nickel silver body braces, removable gold-plated balance weight, genuine Vincent Bach mouthpiece, deluxe wood shell case. See Bach Trombone Options below to additional available options. Click here for pricing and availability.
Bach 16 Jazz Trombone

Bach LT16M
 
Jazz Tenor Trombone
  Key of Bb, .509" medium bore, 7-1/2" one-piece yellow brass bell, open gooseneck, chrome-plated nickel silver seamless inner slide, lightweight nickel silver outer slide, nickel silver handgrip, tubular nickel silver body braces, genuine Vincent Bach mouthpiece, deluxe wood shell case. See Bach Trombone Options below to additional available options. Click here for pricing and availability.

Medium Bore Tenor Trombones
Bach 36 Photo
Bach 36
 Straight Tenor Trombone
  36 series Bach Stradivarius tenor trombones feature .525" medium-large bore, 8" one-piece yellow brass bell, chrome-plated nickel silver seamless inner slide, brass outer slide, nickel silver handgrip, tubular nickel silver body braces, genuine Vincent Bach mouthpiece, deluxe wood shell case. See
Bach Trombone Options below to additional available options. Popular variations on this model include:
Bach 36B Photo

Bach 36B Series
 Tenor Trombone w/F Attachment
  36 series Bach Stradivarius tenor trombones feature .525" medium-large bore, 8" one-piece yellow brass bell, chrome-plated nickel silver seamless inner slide, brass outer slide, nickel silver handgrip, tubular nickel silver body braces, genuine Vincent Bach mouthpiece, deluxe wood shell case. See
Bach Trombone Options below to additional available options. Click here for pricing and availability.Popular variations on this model include:

Large Bore "Symphonic" Tenor Trombones
Bach 42 Photo Bach 42
 Straight Tenor Trombone
  42 series Bach Stradivarius tenor trombones feature .547" large bore, 8-1/2" one-piece yellow brass bell, chrome-plated nickel silver seamless inner slide, brass outer slide, nickel silver handgrip, tubular nickel silver body braces, genuine Vincent Bach mouthpiece, deluxe wood shell case. See
Bach Trombone Options below to additional available options. Variations on this model include:

Bach 42A Photo
42A

Bach 42AF Photo
42AF

Bach 42BO Photo
42BO

Conversion parts 42CO


Bach 42x Series
 Symphonic Tenor Trombones w/F Attachment
  The Bach 42 series trombones deliver a large symphonic sound that projects without distortion utilizing a .547" large bore design with an 8-1/2" one-piece, hand-hammered bell (yellow brass standard). Open wrap models (42A, 42AF, 42BO, 42CO) avoid sharp tubing bends for a more free blowing instrument. Traditional (or closed) wrap (42B, 42C) models offer the advantage of compact design and additional bracing for strength and protection. Bach Stradivarius 42 series trombones can be purchased with an improved axial flow valve (42AF) which eliminate sharp crook tube bends within the rotor itself, allowing for a free and umimpeded flow of the air column. The AF valve in particular is unique in that it employs an upper and lower roller bearing assembly in the valve. These bearings are similar to those used in the precision machine and automotive industry. They support and align the valve core which eliminates surface wear and allows for an air-tight seal, two issues that have been problematic in the axial vlow valve design since it first appeared in the 1980's. Convertible models (42C and 42CO) offer the advantage of two instruments in one. Straight and F rotor sections can be interchanged by simply removing the tuning slide and loosening two adjusting screws. Specs: .547" large bore, 8-1/2" one-piece yellow brass bell, chrome-plated nickel silver seamless inner slide, brass outer slide, nickel silver handgrip, tubular nickel silver body braces, genuine Vincent Bach mouthpiece, deluxe wood shell case. See
Bach Trombone Options below to additional available options. Click here for pricing and availability.Variations on this model include:

Axial Flow Valve models

Hagmann Valve models Rotary Valve models Convertible Rotary Valve models
Rotor Valve
Rotary Valve
Hagmann Valve
Hagmann Valve
Infinity Axial Flow Valve
Infinity Valve

Bass Trombones
 
Bach 50BO Photo

Bach 50T Photo

Bach 50x (Single Valve) Series
 Bass Trombone - Single Valve
  All Bach Stradivarius bass trombones feature a 0.562" large bore, a one-piece hand-hammered yellow brass bell, chrome-plated nickel silver seamless inner slide, brass outer slide, nickel silver handgrip, tubular nickel silver body braces, a genuine Vincent Bach mouthpiece and deluxe model 1865 wood shell case. Options include a gold brass bell (add "G" to the model number), a 10.5" bell (add "L"), or heavy weight bell (add "H") or any combination. See
Bach Trombone Options below to additional available options. Click here for pricing and availability. Variations on this model include:

Axial Flow Valve models

  •  50T - standard slide & yellow brass bell (pictured bottom left)
  •  50TL - standard slide & large 10.5 inch bell
  •  50TG - standard slide & goldbrass bell
  •  50TGL - standard slide & large 10.5 inch goldbrass bell
  •  LT50T - lightweight slide & yellow brass bell
  •  LT50TL - lightweight slide & large 10.5 inch yellow brass bell
  •  LT50TG - lightweight slide & goldbrass bell
  •  LT50TGL - lightweight slide & large 10.5 inch goldbrass bell
Hagmann Valve models
  •  50A - standard slide & yellow brass bell
  •  50AL - standard slide & large 10.5 inch bell
  •  50AG - standard slide & goldbrass bell
  •  50AGL - standard slide & large 10.5 inch goldbrass bell
  •  LT50A - lightweight slide & yellow brass bell
  •  LT50AL - lightweight slide & large 10.5 inch yellow brass bell
  •  LT50AG - lightweight slide & goldbrass bell
  •  LT50AGL - lightweight slide & large 10.5 inch goldbrass bell
Rotary Valve models
  •  50B - standard slide & yellow brass bell
  •  50BL - standard slide & large 10.5 inch yellow brass bell
  •  50BO - open wrap, standard slide & yellow brass bell (pictured above left)
  •  50BOL - open wrap, standard slide & large 10.5 inch yellow brass bell
  •  50BG - standard slide & goldbrass bell
  •  50BGL - standard slide & large 10.5 inch goldbrass bell
  •  50BOG - open wrap, standard slide & goldbrass bell
  •  50BOGL - open wrap, standard slide & large 10.5 inch goldbrass bell
  •  LT50B - lightweight slide & yellow brass bell
  •  LT50BL - lightweight slide & large 10.5 inch yellow brass bell
  •  LT50BO - open wrap, lightweight slide & yellow brass bell
  •  LT50BOL - open wrap, lightweight slide & large 10.5 inch yellow brass bell
  •  LT50BG - lightweight slide & goldbrass bell
  •  LT50BGL - lightweight slide & large 10.5 inch goldbrass bell
  •  LT50BOG - open wrap, lightweight slide & goldbrass bell
  •  LT50BOGL - open wrap, lightweight slide & large 10.5 inch goldbrass bell

Bach 50B2O Photo

Bach 50x2 (Dual Dependant Valve) Series
 Bass Trombone - Dual Dependant Valves
  All Bach Stradivarius bass trombones feature a 0.562" large bore, a one-piece hand-hammered yellow brass bell, chrome-plated nickel silver seamless inner slide, brass outer slide, nickel silver handgrip, tubular nickel silver body braces, a genuine Vincent Bach mouthpiece and deluxe model 1865 wood shell case. Options include a gold brass bell (add "G" to the model number), a 10.5" bell (add "L"), or heavy weight bell (add "H") or any combination. See
Bach Trombone Options below to additional available options. Click here for pricing and availability.
Variations on this model include:

Bach 50B3O Photo

Bach 50T3 Photo


Bach 50x3 (Dual Independant Valve) Series
 Bass Trombone - Dual Independant Valves
  All Bach Stradivarius bass trombones feature a 0.562" large bore, a one-piece hand-hammered yellow brass bell, chrome-plated nickel silver seamless inner slide, brass outer slide, nickel silver handgrip, tubular nickel silver body braces, a genuine Vincent Bach mouthpiece and deluxe model 1865 wood shell case. Options include a gold brass bell (add "G" to the model number), a 10.5" bell (add "L"), or heavy weight bell (add "H") or any combination. See
Bach Trombone Options below to additional available options. Click here for pricing and availability. Variations on this model include:

Axial Flow Valve models

Hagmann Valve models Rotary Valve models

Options for Bach Trombones
 
Bell Options Gold Brass
  Goldbrass bells are made with additional copper in the mix (85% vs. 70%), shading the color of the metal more towards gold than yellow, but not to the extent that the bell could be called "rose" or "red" brass. No gold is actually used in making the bell, rather the term describes the appearance, not the actual material. The results are a warmer sound for solo and close mic work, with slightly less carrying power in symphonic situations than that offered by the standard yellow brass bell. Keep in mind that this topic has been widely debated, and there is only a general consensus on the effects of the bell material. The Goldbrass option can be combined with the Heavy Brass option (below). Goldbrass belled horns are designated with a "G" suffix in the model number (i.e. "42BG").

Heavy Brass
  Bell is made with thicker brass than normal. This option is available on yellow brass and gold brass (G) bells. Although there is no absolute consensus on the effects of using a heavy guage bell, the general feeling is that the instrument is more "dark," more powerful and less likely to break up or produce "edge" at loud dynamics. The offsets are that the horn may be less responsive and may be a little "dead" at lower dynamics or in intimate solo work. This in addition to a heavier horn, which is a consideration for those prone to discomfort in the left hand. Heavy guage belled horns are designated with an "H" suffix in the model number (i.e. "42BH").

Sterling Plus
  Available on models LT8, 12, 16, LT16M, 36 and 42 series horns. Bell is made with 99.9% pure Sterling silver in a seamless contruction. In general, a Sterling Plus bell offers a brighter sound, clear and focused, one that emphasizes the upper harmonics without making for too much "edge." This material would not be a good choice for a symphonic setting, but works well in jazz, commercial, solo and some band work. Sterling Plus bells are designated with a "Z" suffix in the model number (i.e. "42BZ").

Bell Engraving
  Bach offers three patterns of bell engraving, Standard, Anniversary, and Deluxe. Each is somewhat ornate and compliments the instrument's appearance nicely. In addition, custom wording can be added. Bell engraving, while not providing any mechanical performance benefits, does enhance the beauty of the instrument and often pride of ownership, which in turn might make for a different mental approach to the instrument (tennis, anyone?), and thus a better performance. That's quite a reach, but hey, as they say in New York, "ya nevah know."

Large Bell (basses only)
  Available on 50 series basses only. This option replaces the standard 9.5" bell with a larger 10.5" model. Although larger at the flare, the throat geometry is such that the sound is generally characterized as "bright" with a significant increase in "edge" and loss of projection. Most players will opt for the standard 9.5" bell owing to its famous dark, compact and powerful sound, the sound Bach's are known for. Large bells horns are designated with a "L" suffix in the model number (i.e. "50BL").

 
Slide Options Lightweight Slide
  Although lighter and faster than a traditional brass slide, Bach's lightweight slides are actually also more durable. This is due to the fact that the slide tubes are made from nickel silver, which is harder than brass, and thus able to resist dents and bends better. Nickel silver is also more resistant to corrosion, furthering quickness. All models with the letters "LT" in the model number come stock with a lightweight slide. The "LT" slide is available as an option on all other models. Performance results are varied, with a slight majority of players feeling the lightweight slide adds "brilliance" or makes the instrument more "bright." However, many symphonic players routinely use the LT as their basic slide.
Narrow Slide
  Available on 42 series only. The slide tubes are spaced closer together than usual. Some players prefer this spacing as Bach 42 slides are very wide when compared to other large symphonic bore tenor trombones, especially Conn 8H's and 88H's. There is no performance advantage or disadvantage of which we are aware.

 
Valve Options Rotary Valve
  Available on models 36, 42 & 50 and designated with a "B" suffix (e.g. 42B). The standard rotary valve is a reliable and airtight device used to shunt airflow into or past the F attachment. Rotor valves are easy to maintain and unless bone dry, will not leak. While rotor valves provide more resistance than advanced freeflow designs, many players actually prefer this feedback.

Infinity Axial Flow Valve
  Available on model 42 tenors only at this time and designated with an "AF" suffix (e.g. 42AF). The Bach Infinity axial flow valve provides for an uninterrupted airflow through or past the F attachment. Conical shaped, and rotating about its axis on precision roller bearings, the valve provides a straight-through air path with no resistance whatsoever. Axial Flow valves make the horn especially open and free-blowing, allow the F attachment notes to match the open horn in both tone and feel, and makes for a fuller low register. The "Infinity" axial flow (AF) valve is unique in that it employs an upper and lower roller bearing assembly to support the valve core. These bearings are similar to those used in precision machine and automotive applications. They support and align the valve core which eliminates surface wear and allows for an air-tight seal. This lightning fast valve is complimented with a new miniball valve linkage which makes for a design that's comfortable, fast, tight and responsive.

OE Thayer Axial Flow Valve
  Available on models LT42TG50 and all model 50 basses. Designated with a "T" suffix (e.g. 50T). The O.E.Thayer axial flow valve provides for an uninterrupted airflow through or past the F attachment. Manufactured in the United States by OE Thayer and installed into Bach instruments at Elkhart, Indiana. Like all modern axial flow valves, the OE Thayer is conical shaped and rotates about its axis. This precision valve provides a straight-through air path with no resistance whatsoever. Thayer valves make the horn especially open and free-blowing, allow the F attachment notes to match the open horn in both tone and feel, and makes for a fuller low register.

Reneé Hagmann Freeflow Valve
  Available on model 42 tenors and model 50 basses. Designated with an "A" suffix (e.g. 42A). The Renee Hagmann Freeflow valve provides for an uninterrupted airflow through the valve section. Made in Switzerland, and based upon traditional rotary valve technology, the valve is tight, fast and reliable. To most, the Hagmann blows as freely as a Thayer valve, and can be characterized as perhaps more "snappy" in its response. Using a Hagmann valve makes the horn free-blowing, allows the F attachment notes to match the open horn in both tone and feel, and makes for a fuller low register.

 
Other Options Open Gooseneck
  The gooseneck is the pipe immediately following the handslide section. It serves a role in balancing the instrument's resistance. The LT16M comes stock with an open gooseneck. This feature is available as an option on 42 series tenors. The performance advantage of an open gooseneck is slightly less resistance and more flexibility (according to the Bach catalog). When resistance is lowered, typically the sound holds together better at extremely loud dynamics, the tradeoff often being less focus at low dynamics.

Silver Plating
  Any Bach trombone can be ordered with silver plating instead of the standard lacquer finish. A silver plated instrument creates a more clear and bright tone than a similar lacquered brass model. Silver plated trombones are most often found in concert band, jazz and commercial venues. They are rarely seen in symphonic settings.

Removeable Leadpipes, Set of 3
  Available on 42 series tenors and 50 series basses. Each leadpipe in the set is tailored for a different performance characteristic. The leadpipes included in the set are, for the 42 series tenors, a V42S, V42SO and V42LO. For bass trombones, the models include V50S, V50XO, and V50XX. (These model numbers are Hickey's own. Each leadpipe is described below.) The shape of the leadpipe has a great deal to do with the way the instrument performs, indeed many would say it has everything to do with the character of the horn. Being able to change the pipe is a fast way to alter the fundamental playing characteristics of the instrument without the need for a gas torch, flux and solder. For most artists, the intent of a triple set of leadpipes is not that they will be changed often or depending on the situation. Instead, usually one pipe is chosen from the set as the one best suited to the artist's physique and performance style, after an extended trial period. That leadpipe often becomes the "default" pipe with the others placed in storage for occassional use. Your mileage may vary, blah, blah, blah.
  • V42S - standard pipe for the 42 series tenors.
  • V42SO - standard length pipe with more open venturi (wider diameter at the "pinch") for less resistance and more flexibility.
  • V42LO - long length with open venturi, for a very free-blowing instrument.
  • V50S - standard leadpipe for 50 series basses.
  • V50XO - short length, open venturi for less resistance and more flexibility.
  • V50XX - no venturi tube, mouthpiece receiver only, for playing on a "leadpipeless" horn that's very free blowing with little focus.
50B3 Low D Slide
50B3 Low D Slide


Bass Trombone Tuning Slides
  Each 50x3 series bass trombone (50B3, 50A3, 50T3, etc.) comes setup in "Bb/F/Gb/D" tuning. This is the tuning system most players use, and means that the first trigger alone is tuned to F, the second trigger alone is tuned to Gb (one half step above the F trigger) and both triggers together produce low D. This setup gives low D in first position, low C in 4th, and low B in flat 5th. The 50B2 series is tuned "Bb/F/Eb," where the second valve (which must be used in combination with the first) is tuned to Eb. This system places low Eb in first position, low D roughly in 2nd, and B in 7th. Additional tuning slides can be purchased to change these default setups. They are as follows:
  • 50B3 & 50B3O - G slide. Replaces the stock second valve slide. This slide is a half-step shorter and thus gives G in first position when used by itself, instead of Gb (Gb2). Combination of both valves gives low Eb in first position (instead of low D). Because this slide is shorter, it places low B (B1) in 7th position instead of flat 5th. Catalog number 48285 (traditional wrap) or 48291 (open wrap). To see pricing or to order, click here.
  • 50B3 & 50B3O - Low D slide. Replaces the stock second valve slide. This slide is a major third (diminished fourth) lower than stock, placing low D (D2) in first position when used by itself, instead of Gb (Gb2). Catalog number 48286 (traditional wrap) or 48292 (open wrap). To see pricing or to order, click here.
  • 50B3 & 50B3O - Low C slide. Replaces the stock second valve slide. This slide is a tritone (diminished fifth) lower than stock, placing low C (C2) in first position when used by itself, instead of Gb (Gb2). Catalog number 48287 (traditional wrap) or 48293 (open wrap). To see pricing or to order, click here.
  • 50B2 & 50B2O - combination slide. Replaces the stock second valve slide. Gives low D/Eb or D/Db instead of Eb with both valves operated. Catalog number 48290 (traditional wrap) or 48296 (open wrap). To see pricing or to order, click here.


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