Nearly every sector of the American wind instrument industry has had contact with the "C.G. Conn Company". Charles Girard Conn was an extraordinarily talented entrepreneur who began manufacturing his patented rubber-edged trumpet mouthpiece in 1875 and made it the world's largest manufacturer of wind instruments in 1905.
In 1919, Bach rented a small room at 204E 85th New York, bought a lathe for $300, and began making one mouthpiece a day between his performances. His most important innovation was to develop a complete series of mouthpieces based on a logical numbering of cup and bore sizes.
Vincent Bach was born in 1890 as Vincenz Schrotenbach in Baden, near Vienna. He grew up in a household in which singing and theatre productions were regular leisure activities. He began taking violin lessons at the age of six. But he soon played truant and finally stopped completely. The reason he gave was: "If I held the bow wrongly, I felt the teacher's heavy cane on my hand.
The international Sperger competition for young double bass players was actually supposed to take place this year, but due to the pandemic the organisers changed their plans at short notice. As an alternative, the Sperger Society created an "International Double Bass Quarantine Online Challenge", which was very colourful, creative and generated a lot of joy in making music.