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 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 first valve tuning slide is missing its pull knob. It has around 95% of the original lacquer with general player wear across the horn, mostly concentrated on the throat of the bell and at the edge of the bell flair near the rim. 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 but 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.
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. The bell has some wave to it.
Bell Dent Removal/Repair: Medium evidence.
Bell Diameter Approximately: 4 7/8 inches.
Bore Size: .446″
The Mouthpiece: A good used Vincent 12C Mt. Vernon mouthpiece is included.
The Stand: If pictured, not included.
The Case: Good used condition (general wear with some edge wear and visible surface scratches). This is likely original and does have the Mt. Vernon badge that is off of the case and is included in the case.
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).