Vincent Bach Nerd Stuff

How to optimize your Bach Stradivarius trumpet, from home. Things I wish I knew a long time ago.

Instrument Care and Optimization

I recommend Monster Original Valve Oil or Hetman #2 Piston Oil to lubricate your valves.

Any slide grease is probably fine. I like the Schilke brand but it is not easy to find. But honestly this is pretty much just Anhydrous Lanolin and you can just buy that.


Alison Balsom on Spotify. You want to sound like this.
The Antiphonal Music of Gabrieli & Frescobaldi . Also this.

Spotify Playlist of great jazz

Brass Chats by Monster Oil – interviews with great brass players

Trumpet Herald – online forum and marketplace for professional and amateur trumpet players. Beware… here be monsters. Phil O'Neill's channel

"Mystery To Mastery" channel by Greg Spence on Youtube

Monette card that comes with their mouthpieces explaining posture

Stuff I Have Learned

Which trumpet mouthpiece should my students play? TLDR: just get a Bach 3C and go practice