Vincent Bach combined his unique talents as both a musician and an engineer to create brass instruments of unequaled tonal quality, instruments which today remain the sound choice of artists worldwide. Although Vincent also displayed a strong aptitude for science and received an engineering degree in Vienna, he gave up a promising engineering career to pursue his first love and an uncertain future as a trumpeter. The risk paid off. He established musical success as he toured throughout Europe. World War I forced Vincent's move to New York City, where he played with such prestigious groups as the Boston Symphony and the Metropolitan Opera and Ballet.

While on tour he had difficulty finding a mouthpiece and realized the need for high-quality mouthpieces. His discovery was further substantiated when, during the World War, Vincent served as sergeant and band master of the 306th Army Field Artillery Band in Long Island. As head of the bugle school, Vincent found both mouthpieces and instruments to be of inferior quality. While on furloughs, Vincent went to New York City where he remodeled old mouthpieces and made new ones in the back room of the Selmer Music store. In 1918 Bach invested in a foot operated lathe and began producing mouthpieces. His business grew rapidly, and in 1924 the first Bach trumpets were manufactured. Musicians frequently referred to a Bach trumpet as a “real 'Stradivarius' of a trumpet”, thus inspiring the brand name Bach Stradivarius. Bach trombones followed in 1928.

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