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From Bach's 1961 catalog:
"The 'MERCURY' was especially designed for effortless response and an easy high register. It is the ideal instrument for the young artist or advanced conservatory student who wishes to economize but must have a trumpet of superb playing qualities that will instantly respond to various tongue articulations and dynamic changes. Designed in the same bore as the medium bore Strad trumpet, it offers similar resistance and, at the same time, a remarkably brilliant sound of crystal clear timbre. The resilient response enables the player to perform with utmost comfort and relaxation. This is of vital importance to a conscientious music student whose long hours of practice require a free-blowing instrument to prevent undue fatigue."
The Bach Mercury trumpet is something that Vincent Bach often referred to as his "conservatory" model. Its price point and manufacturing quality made it an excellent option for many music conservatory students who could not quite afford a Bach Stradivarius. The 3rd valve slide ring, the 1st valve slide thumb saddle, and the main tuning slide brace that you're used to on standard trumpets are all missing from the Mercury model. This is not to say that they've been removed, they were not a part of the Mercury's production in the first place. This was to prevent excessive noise and rattling if something were to come loose, and it also encouraged players to achieve better control of their embouchure since there's no way to quickly extend and retract the 3rd valve slide.
This trumpet would be an excellent purchase for any trumpet player. A player will notice how freely the horn blows despite having a medium bore, and how light the instrument feels without the extra fixtures on the trumpet. A collector will notice how fantastic the lacquer looks after all these years and how great the valves feel. Either way this is a very rare trumpet, in design and in quality. This trumpet has been inspected by our professional brass technician. All of its valves and slides move freely and smoothly, and it's beautifully clean inside and out. The most noticeable wear on the instrument is near the bottom valve caps, where there's a bit of lacquer missing, plus there are some small raw brass spots on the bow and the 3rd tuning slide. Be sure to come by soon to check out this beautiful vintage Bach Mt. Vernon Mercury trumpet!
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