You will never see another example quite like this:
New York Bach #468 Mercury Trumpet
Made by Vincent himself
Bach filed for the Mercury trademark in Aug 1925
According to Roy Hempley this is only the second Mercury he’s seen from this time period which makes this horn extremely rare.
Most likely a French valve block, Looks like a Besson block to me
I am thinking this was a re-purposed Stradivarius bell as you can see the silver solder “concealing” the Faciebat Anno stamping which was on the early strads of the time.
Metzler’s work included the following:
Replaced the non original finger buttons with something appropriate.
Removed the non original main slide brace.
Replaced the Amado with something appropriate.
Install missing pull knobs to match originals.
Repair receiver and lead pipe. I won't know for sure what will be involved till the patch and added ring on the receiver is removed. (as you can see it was done perfectly as Mark is a genius craftsman)
Unsolder bell and lead pipe, re solder in proper alignment.
Seal/patch bell seam on the inside of the bell crook.
Improve previously done dent work as much as possible.
Clean, polish and assemble, leave unlacquered (probably how it was sold originally).
I spent about $1100 in the repair work online.
The horn has a .448 bore and newly replated valves (by Metzler)
If you have been looking for a true collectible this is it! I would love to keep it but I have another horn I am saving up for and my personal rule with horns I own is that one comes in one must go out.
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