The company was founded in 1918 by Austrian-born trumpeter Vincent Schrotenbach (Vincent Bach).
This particular company has been voted by consumers for the Best Brass Tone, the Best Brass Durability, Best Price, and Best Overall, beating other companies such as Getzen, King Musical Instruments, etc.
This prevented the flux and braze from flowing evenly under and around the brace when the horn was manufactured.
This is not an issue with our most recent T396-A’s as we fixed the issue by softening the saddle’s radius, which allows the flux and braze to do their jobs.
In 1939 the Mercury models had serial numbers in the 10,000's.* Note: Vincent Bach used the trade names of Stradivarius, Mercedes, Mercury, Minerva, & Apollo.For some unknown reason, Bach numerical order varies from time to time.The first Minerva (#2722) was manufactured in 1958.The Vincent Bach Corporation is an American manufacturer of brass musical instruments that began early in the twentieth century and still exists as a subsidiary of Conn-Selmer, a division of Steinway Musical Instruments.