Following are first impressions and a recording: As you may be able to tell from the picture above, this is the "rose brass" model.It's a nice looking horn, but without sufficient lighting it can be a bit hard to tell the difference between the regular brass and the rose brass bell color.
If I do end up with this horn, I'll have to have it removed. The valves started out VERY stiff, even worse than the Getzen.
Also, since the valves are nearly flush with the casing when depressed, it's difficult for me to play flat fingered --something which I do fairly often. After a lot of oil and movement, they have improved a little.
How much of this is due to your comfort levels with the various horns, I can't tell of course.
It bought the production facilities owned by Charles Gerard Conn, a major figure in early manufacture of brasswinds and saxophones in the USA.
I'm guessing that it's comparable to the benge 5b mouthpiece, and will offer the same comfort, warmth, and range as the benge. The Bach for me remains the best made horn no matter what new trumpet makers say.
BTW i heard the demo for the Bach, Getzen and Xeno.
The assets of UMI were bought by Steinway Musical Instruments in 2000 and in January 2003 were merged with other Steinway properties into a subsidiary called Conn-Selmer. On 14 June 1861 he became a private in Company B, 15th Regiment Indiana Infantry, and shortly afterwards was assigned to a regimental band.
When his enlistment expired he returned to Elkhart, but re-enlisted on 12 December 1863 at Niles, Michigan in Company G, 1st Michigan Sharpshooters.
After doing a web-search for a benge 5b mouthpiece I learned that its not widely found.
Still bach makes a trumpet mouthpiece that is commercially available in that size which doesn't have to be custom ordered.
They're still stiff enough that I have to pound them down while playing fast passages, causing undesired horn movement.