Bach Stradivarius Trumpet Review

Bach 180S37 Stradivarius trumpet with case

The Bach Stradivarius trumpet is the creme de la creme of professional trumpets and the instrument of choice of most professional orchestral trumpet players (the 180S37 model in particular). The intonation and response offered by this trumpet in combination with it's depth of sound is simply unmatched by any other trumpet. For these reason, the Bach Stradivarius tops our list of the best professional trumpets and list of the 15 best trumpets.

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Bach Stradivarius Trumpet Features

  • Medium-fast taper bell produces a brilliant sound with a warm quality makes this a versatile trumpet suitable for jazz to concert or solo playing.
  • Leadpipe design minimizes resistance and effectively centers tone production.
  • Medium-large bore produces a well-rounded sound while not over-extending the endurance level of the player.
  • Monel valves and machining provide an excellent "seal" between the piston and valve casing resulting in less air leakage that could cause performance problems.

There are numerous configurations and bell tapers of the Bach Stradivarius trumpet, here we review the Bach 180S37 Stradivarius trumpet.

Bach Stradivarius 180S37 Specifications

Key: Bb
Bore: 0.459 inch Medium-large
Bell: 4.8 inch, yellow brass, one-piece hand-hammered #37 taper
Mouthpipe: Standard taper #25
Valves: Monel pistons
1st Valve Slide Adjustment: Thumb Saddle or Trigger
3rd Valve Slide Adjustment: Fixed Ring or Trigger with Adjustable Slide Stop
Water key: One standard key
Finish: Silver-plate finish
Comes with Bach 7C mouthpiece and a zippered Cordura covered wood shell case

Bach 180S37 Stradivarius trumpet case

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The Bach 180S37 Stradivarius has an almost cult-like following and receives rave reviews from professional trumpet player such as these,

"THE trumpet to buy!"

"...this is one of the best professional Bb trumpets on the market. This line of trumpet is used in almost every professional musical outlet in the world from the US Marine Band to the NY Philharmonic. If you are looking for THE trumpet to buy and have until you die, this would be THE horn to purchase."

The Best Trumpet Ever Made!

"I have owned this trumpet for 30 years now and it has only gotten better with age. If you are a serious player or want to only buy one trumpet for life...this is the one."

THE Standard for Professional Trumpets!

"The Bach Strad is the benchmark by which other professional trumpets are judged, played by more professionals than any other brand."


So does the Bach Stradivarius live up to the hype of being THE trumpet? Based on customer reviews and the fact the Bach Stradivarius is played in just about every major symphony in the world, I'd say yes! The reason being is that the Bach Strad has a brilliant yet warm sound that just seems to define what a trumpet should sound like.

At home in a jazz ensemble to a concert setting and everything between. The Bach Stradivarius is one of those horns an advancing player could get in high school and keep for a lifetime.

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Bach Stradivarius Trumpet Gold Trim Kit

If you'd like to really make your Bach Strad standout from the crowd you might consider adding a Bach Stradivarius Trumpet Gold Trim Kit. The Bach Strad Gold Trim Kit features gold plated finger buttons, valve stems, top and bottom valve caps, water key, stop rod, and stop rod nuts. The Gold Trim Kit also includes a water key spring, set screws, and an Allen wrench to aid in installation.

2 thoughts on “Bach Stradivarius Trumpet Review

  1. I recently purchased my son the 180S37 and am wondering if I should have ordered him one with the key way on the third slide? Is it imperative to aide hi playing since there is the slide stop? Just curious. Thanks

    1. Hi Kevin,

      Congrats on the new Bach Strad 180S37, it is a wonderful horn! The additional water key on the third slide is nice to have but certainly won’t impede your son’s playing. Hope your son is enjoying his new horn!

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