What is a Bach TR500 trumpet?
It is an entry to intermediate level trumpet.
Bach trumpets, in general, will be good trumpets. The Omega is sometimes considered an "intermediate" level trumpet, providing a stepping stone between a beginner horn and a Stradivarius professional trumpet. Basically, the Omega model will be a good trumpet for an advanced student who is ready to "move on" from their first trumpet, but may not be willing to spend the money for a professional quality trumpet.
Quote: "The Bach Stradivarius 18037 Lacquer Professional Bb Trumpet is the preferred instrument of most professional players. The Bach Strad trumpet's standard weight body and bell, and standard construction #25 mouthpipe bring depth and color of sound, coupled with the even intonation and response to this instrument. The 18037 Strad Bb Trumpet is one of the most popular of all Bach trumpets for good all-around playing." from: http://www.bizrate.com/orchestral-instruments/bach-180-37-stradivarius-bb-trumpet--pid590421863/
As with most major manufacturers, new Bach Stradivarius trumpets retail anywhere from hundreds of dollars to several thousands of dollars. The value of a used trumpet will depend on many things, including the trumpet model, its age, and general condition. None of this can be estimated based on a serial number.
This question really can't be answered without seeing the trumpet in person. A trumpet's value depends on its condition and playability. Your best bet would be to have it appraised. Depending on the age of the trumpet, it could be worth anywhere from $500-$1,500, but there is no way to tell without seeing it. Also, you would need to know what kind of Bach trumpet. If it's a Stradivarius, it will be worth more than…
I have a book called the art of trumpet playing by Vincent bach with a copyright date of 1925. The front of the book is signed with compliments Vincent Bach in cursive. What is the possible value?
I know that the book is now available for online download for free, but it is very hard to find anywhere else. If it is actually signed by him, I would contact Conn-Selmer or the Vincent Bach instrument factory to see if they would know. I am a trumpet player myself, know that Bach Brass loves to feature his old materials.
It was made by Selmer and is a Strad 37 clone but with a two piece bell. It was the intermediate below the Bach Strad but you cant really comment on a trumpet unless you can play it. Quality wise it was a well made instrument. The sound was a bit brighter than the Strad. A good student step up instrument.
This site will give you all the information you need about Trumpets: There are different types of trumpets, the most commonly used is the B flat trumpet. There is also the C, D, E flat and piccolo trumpet (also known as Bach trumpet). There are also trumpet-related instruments such as the cornet, fluegel horn and bugles. * http://musiced.about.com/od/musicinstruments/p/trumpet.htm