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Bach Stradivarius C/D 236 bell ML S/n 31759 (CORPORATION BELL)


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Bach Stradivarius C/Bb 236 bell ML S/n 31759 (CORPORATION BELL)

Two horns in one!

Full set of Bb or C slides.  ML .459 236 bell

The 236 bell for C trumpet has a longer bell tail,  On ML C trumpets  the bell tail is  .459.  Bach doesn’t use 236 bells on C trumpets any more since it is a tighter bell, and has fallen into disuse. It is still the standard bell for the M bore D trumpet though.


  • Key: C/D
  • Bore Size: ML 0.459″
  • Leadpipe: Standard #25
  • Leadpipe Material: Yellow brass
  • Bell Size: 4.8″
    • #236 taper
    • Side-seam bell
  • Valves: Monel pistons
    • 2-piece valve casings
  • Intonation Aids: 3rd valve slide ring
  • Manufacture Date: 1965, Elkhart, IN (Corporation era)
  • Finish: Lacquer
  • Mouthpiece: Bach 3C
  • Case: Original included

Bach’s #236 bell was typically used on their D trumpets in their late Mt Vernon days and over time, they started putting these bells on C trumpets, and even made some convertible combination trumpets, including slides for playing in both C and D. This particular 236 is in C, and dates back from some of their earliest days in Elkhart, IN  (1965)  being completed only a year after their move, meaning it’s entirely possible that the parts made for this horn were manufactured in Mt. Vernon, NY. The #236 bell gives a powerful, bright, focused sound, and is best suited for smaller ensembles and brass bands featuring a small trumpet section, or only a single trumpet player.

The horns lacquer is around 95%.  Signs of bell flair repair gives the lacquer a slight frosted look.  Fine player with great mechanics.  The original case has a spot for all companion slides under the shelf.

Serious Collectors item!


Additional information

Weight 20 lbs
Dimensions 24 × 12 × 12 in