This is a New York Bach Stradivarius with a 37 bell made in 1952. It has a Medium Bore.
This horn has been restored in the past. Nothing is known of this history of the restoration, but the work is very well done. There is a well made patch on the knuckle of the first valve slide. No other dents or damage. There are a few minor areas of wear to the lacquer, but the overall condition of the finish is very good. The lacquer has darkened somewhat to give this horn a great vintage look.
The valves are original monel pistons and are in very good condition with excellent compression and smooth action. The shop card confirms the bell and bore size which are stamped on the horn, but also reveals that it has a 7 leadpipe, which is not marked. In discussing the shop card with a representative from Conn-Selmer they confirmed that this horn was one of a batch of similar configured horns which have generally been noted as very good playing Bachs.
The horn appears to have all original parts, including matching serial numbers on the valve spring barrels, top caps and valve stems. Even the brass valve guides are numbered 1, 2 and 3. Intonation is good and this horn has a very sweet sound as you would expect of a medium bore NY Bach.