Exposition French Horn

This richly engraved Reynolds Contempora Double French Horn was sold on eBay in early 2005, accompanied by the photos below and a 1989 letter of authenticity signed by Clark Newman, President of Taylor Music (Aberdeen, South Dakota). Newman had purchased the horns when Olds and Reynolds went out of business and further noted that:

Instrument engraving has become almost prohibitively expensive and these are particularly high works of art; it is difficult to estimate what it would cost to duplicate this engraving today.

The horn’s serial number of 250761 dates its production to 1970, shortly before CMI sold Reynolds’ manufacturing plant in Abilene, Texas to Conn and consolidated all Reynolds and Olds operations at the latter’s plant in Fullerton, California. Hence the reference to an “Olds French Horn” in the letter, even though the engravings clearly show a Reynolds Contempora model.

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  1. Evie says:

    HOLY MOLY! I WANT THAT FRENCH HORN! THAT IS AMAZING! HOW DID IT SELL FOR? IT’S SO BEAUTIFUL!