Bach made other models of trumpets and cornets in New York: Apollo, Mercedes and Mercury.Nevertheless, the subject of this article is restricted to Stradivarius instruments simply because there are more of those available for examination. This article was written primarily by comparing bell stamps with data recorded on Bach's shop cards.
That instrument also has a B bell, but the B is located between Vincent Bach's signature and the word Corporation (see below). All instruments without a model name were made at Bach's second factory, which was located at 241 E. Without a model name stamped on its bell, it is difficult to determine the model of an instrument.As of now, there does not appear to be any particular reason to associate the name Besson with the B bell.Not all of the bell identifiers are located in the position shown above.Eventually, most of the important information on the shop cards could be found on the instruments, but the bells became cluttered and sometimes confusing.To simply things again, stamps were eliminated, and the bells were returned to a more streamlined look.
The authors think that most of the instruments made without model names on them were Stradivarius Models.