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Bach A47XPS Artisan Peter Steiner Model Tenor Trombone

$5,299.00 $7,492.00

Item Details

New for July 2021 is a Bach Artisan Series Trombone made for trombonist Peter Steiner.  This coincides with the introduction of several new options available in  Artisan trombones, including a new F-rotor, travel bells with screw flare, and hand slides with removable leadpipes.

Features of Peter Steiner A47XPS Model

  • Handmade in Elkhart, Indiana, USA
  • .547" brass hand slide with removable leadpipes: A47, B42, B42O
  • New X-brace compact wrap and .562" F-rotor
  • Modular bell section
  • Reverse tuning slide in brass
  • 8.5" lightweight gold brass bell with flat wire French-style rim
  • detachable bell flare for compact travel
  • Bach compact hard case

 

Here is a synopsis of the Bach Artisan options beyond the Steiner specs...

 

New 2021 Bach Artisan Trombone Options List

  • Hand Slides: brass, LW brass, all nickel, optional nickel end crook
  • Leadpipes: 3 removable
  • Valve Sets: Standard wrap, Steiner X-wrap, Infinity axial
  • Tuning Slides: brass, gold brass, nickel
  • Bells: brass, lightweight brass, gold brass, rose brass, 3 mandrels
  • Bell Flares: fixed or detachable
  • Optional: Straight neckpipe w/ balance weight, choice of case

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Bach Artisan Hand Slides

Click here for all the new Artisan hand slides

Bach now offer 25 hand slides for the Artisan trombone.  It's too many.

The Bach A47 hand slides are similar to the classic Bach 42 hand slides, the main difference being a new Artisan leadpipe and a brace tube.  For 2021, a set of threaded removable leadpipes is included.  Interestingly the looseness of the pipe itself along with the mass of the threaded fitting up top does change how the slide responds.  The fixed pipe gives the smooth stability you expect from Bach, the threaded has more clarity and light response even with the same size pipe installed.

  • Bore: .525", .525-.547", .547", .547-.562", .562"
  • Outside tubes: brass or nickel
  • Nickel oversleeves: optional
  • End crook: Brass or nickel


Bach Artisan Leadpipes

The threaded Artisan leadpipes use a new fitting different from the Conn 88H Gen 2 and (new) Bach 42B, so Artisan has its own set.  These leadpipes allow the mouthpiece to fit deeper into the slide than the Conn setup.

  • .525"  B36... (?)
  • .547"  A47, B42, B42O (open)
  • .562"  B50, B50O (open), B50LO (long open)

 

Bach Artisan Valve Sets

Bach Artisan trombones are modular which offers several benefits to the player.  You can customize your trombone setup at time of purchase or later on with additional components.  You can use a different setup in the studio from the one in the chamber orchestra with only a few moments of adjustment.  And you can disassemble the bell section into the basic components for ease of cleaning, maintenance, and repair.   The best thing about Bach modular trombones is that the components connect easily and reliably, maybe the best of any modular brand.  Their jigs are accurate and all parts fit as they should.  All connecting parts are solid nickel silver for strength - it's impressive.  Several choices of modular valve sets are available...

  • Peter Steiner - .562" traditional rotor with open-port X-brace wrap.  The wrap design is compact for opera pit work, allows an open feel with its straight tubes, and the X-gives an additional bracing point for center and projection.  Water dump is quick through the rotor.  Rotor is based on the Conn Gen 2 with improved portage.
  • Infinity Axial - .562" axial rotor based on the classic Ed Thayer design, the sound of the modern symphonic trombone section since the 1980's.  The new Infinity rotor pivots on sealed cartridge bearings for lighter action and no wear.  With its bushing-less design, a tighter air seal is maintained through the life of the Infinity rotor.  Like a railroad track switch, the axial design gently channels the airway through the F section and back into the neckpipe through one large smooth loop.  The horn plays larger and darker, and the Bb and F sides feel more even to each other.  Your loud dynamics can be louder, just fill it up.  Brass quintet players enjoy the evenness of tone when the parts dip into the lower range.
  • Open wrap - similar to Bach 42BOF Centennial wrap, standard rotor
  • Straight neckpipe without rotor - this gently tapered and curved tube gives the classic open feel and brilliant response of the straight Bb trombone.  Add a balance weight and this can be your orchestra principle trombone and soloist setup.

 

Bach Artisan Tuning Slides

Artisan trombones feature a reverse tuning slide, which eliminates a gap inside the horn found with traditional tuning slide designs.  The end of the valve set and neck pipe tapers into the tuning slide sleeve, then the tuning slide fits outside of that, thus continuing the proper taper into the bell.  You can choose from three tuning slides...

  • Brass - the standard slide, stable, most projection
  • Gold brass - broadens and warms the tone, can compliment a yellow bell for a more varied bouquet
  • Nickel - rarely seen elsewhere, this all silver slide should add clarity of attack, some brittleness of tone at the loudest volumes, faster response, similar to an all nickel hand slide.  Add this to a gold bell and brass slide for a more concise sounding instrument.

 

Bach Artisan Bells

The acoustically elegant Bach 1-piece bell has been the envy of many other brass makers for generations.  The shaping and annealing process is revered and unique.  They are hand hammered, spun and buffed.  The Artisan bell is made on a new mandrel to compliment the reverse tuning.  These feature a flat French-style bell rim, which adds a remarkable response and agility to the horn.  Standard bells are made from about .0225" brass, lightweight from .020". 

Now with 3 mandrel shapes, 2 rims, 4 metals, there are numerous bell choices, too many.

Metal

  • Brass - the standard for stability and projection
  • Gold Brass - offers a warmer, broader, more soloistic tone with less projection but more malleable tone.  Often paired with an all nickel slide, which makes the traditional German style.
  • Lightweight Gold Brass - faster response and additional clarity at low volumes, more malleable

 

Mandrel

  • A47 - new Artisan mandrel, flat rim wire, French style: Y, G or GLW
  • B42 - classic Stradivarius mandrel, standard rim wire: Y, G or GLW
  • B88R - classic Conn 88 mandrel in rose brass

 

Bell Flares

  • Fixed bell for lighter weight and simpler setup
  • Screw bell flare for compact travel


Bach Artisan Case

Bach offers a solid and sturdy Artisan case designed to fit this instrument exactly.  It travels well when shipping Fedex or risking the baggage handlers.  The Bach is available without case, or we represent cases by Protec, Glenn Cronkhite, SKB, Bach offers a similar travel case for the screw flare option. 

 

Bach Artisan Mouthpiece Recommendations

The Bach Artisan trombone has a large shank mouthpiece receiver and is sold without mouthpiece.  If you don't already have a favorite, these mouthpieces, available separately, are worthy considerations...

  • Bach Classic 5G, 5GL, 5GS
  • Bach Artisan 5G
  • Denis Wick 4AL, 5AL, 4BL, 5BL
  • Ferguson 1, 2, 5G, 4G/5G
  • Schilke 51

 

Buy an Artisan

If you're interested in a new Artisan trombone, please contact me directly and I can quote a price and availability.  New options including the Steiner model are available by July 20, 2021.

-Steve Ferguson

 

 

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