1968 Bach Strad: before and after restoration

Here is my 1968 Bach Strad before restoration.


You can see that the lacquer finish has worn away a lot, especially in the valve area probably due to the acidic nature of the human hand.

And here is my horn after Charlie Melk’s fantastic restoration.

 BachRestore3Charlie removed the dents & polished the horn to a high luster in preparation for its silver plating.


He replaced the water key corks & valve pads, lubricated the valves, slides, & threads.  Before sending it off he play tested it.  I also asked him to add a 1st slide hook.








Charlie Melk is truly an artist when it comes to trumpet repair.  I can not thank him enough for restoring my 1968 Bach Strad.




Published by mjdtrumpet

Trumpet Player and Teacher

One thought on “1968 Bach Strad: before and after restoration

Leave a Reply