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Searching for Foster Reynolds in the newspaper

I recently had the chance to subscribe to the archives of the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper. Their archives reach far back into the 19th century and they offer an OCR-based text search of almost all dates and pages. As you might imagine, it is a treasure trove of information related to the local businesses in […]

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The new ContemporaCorner.com

For various reasons, it’s been a few years since the last significant change on the site, but this update qualifies as “change” any way you look at it.  I’ve completed the initial migration of the site from static HTML pages to a database-driven site built on WordPress, a popular content management system and blogging platform, […]

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New earliest Hi-Fi cornet reported

An eBay user has reported buying what appears to be a Hi-Fi model cornet with a serial number of 39243, which is ~2000 less than what I’d previously documented (41503). Based on my most recent estimates, a serial number of 39xxx would be from c.1955-56.

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Lowest Contempora serial number: 21025

A current eBay auction has what would be, for me, the earliest recorded Contempora instrument, a trumpet with a serial number of 21025. This is the second Contempora model horn with a serial number around 21xxx that I’ve noted this year. According to trademark documents, the first usage of the Contempora brand was in 1949. […]

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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 […]

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