Bach Mercury Mt. Vernon Cornet Serial #14653


Extremely Rare Serial Number. Unique Collector’s Item with Original Mouthpiece.



This Bach Mercury Mt. Vernon cornet is in fantastic condition for a vintage instrument. It has just come back from the shop where it was cleaned and adjusted. The horn has approximately 90-95% of its original lacquered finish remaining with general player wear across the horn.  This is mostly concentrated on the throat of the bell and at the edge of the bell flair near the rim.  The first valve tuning slide is missing its pull knob. The bell does have some wave to it and it shows medium evidence of bell dent removal. Please see pictures for details. The serial number is “14653” which is quite unusual for a Mercury model. Most Bach Mercury models were made in either 1939 with serial numbers in the “10,000” or in 1954-55 with serials between “30,000-33,000”. However, Bach serial numbers were different for the Mercury model. For the rest of his horns, a serial number in the “14,000”‘s would mean an instrument was made between 1953-1956. Thus, our best guess is that this cornet was given a general serial number instead of a Mercury serial number making this a unique collector’s cornet.  The engraving on the bell is still crisp and reads “Mercury Model Vincent Bach Corporation Mt. Vernon New York U.S.A.”. The valve casing has the serial number on one side and the engraving “V. Bach Mt. Vernon N.Y. U.S.A.” on the other side.  The horn comes in an original Bach case with the original badge all of which are still in good condition. The badge is off the case and is included in the case. It also comes with the original “Vincent Bach Corp. Mt. Vernon N.Y. 12C” mouthpiece.  This horn has the classic dark, rich Bach sound with excellent intonation and beautiful overtones. It plays great from top to bottom with a nice solid core sound in every register.  The trumpet has a nice response and balances well in your hand.

Additional Information:
Instrument Condition: The overall physical condition of this used instrument is very good.
Playing Condition: This instrument is currently in excellent playing condition.
The Finish: It has approximately 90-95% of the original lacquered finish.
Player Wear: Light general wear (possible surface scratches and/or minor dents/dings).
Valve Condition: All the valves are in good working condition and all of the tuning slides are loose.
Lead Pipe Condition: Light general wear (possible surface scratches and/or minor dents/dings).
Back Bell Bow Condition: Light general wear (possible surface scratches and/or minor dents/dings).
The Bell: Minor dents and dings and minor bell edge damage.
Bell Diameter Approximately: 4 7/8 inches.
Bore Size: .446″
The Mouthpiece: The original Vincent Bach Corp. Mt. Vernon N.Y. 12C good used mouthpiece is included.
The Stand: If pictured, not included.
The Case: Good used condition (general wear with some edge wear and visible surface scratches).
Engraving: Mercury Model Vincent Bach Corporation Mt. Vernon New York U.S.A. (on the bell) V. Bach Mt. Vernon N.Y. U.S.A. (on the second valve casing opposite of the serial number) Vincent Bach Corp. Mt. Vernon N.Y. 12C (on the mouthpiece).
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Additional information

Weight 15 lbs
Dimensions 24 × 17 × 11 in