Medalist Cornets

1961-1964

Introduced in 1961 by RMC-Reynolds, the Medalist cornet replaced the Roth model as the low-end student instrument in the catalog. Medalist cornets made under RMC ownership were actually produced for Reynolds by the E.K. Blessing Company in Elkhart, Indiana.

Model Size Description Example
CR-58 Bore: TBD
Bell: TBD
Medalist Cornet | Body: brass bell and body; nickel silver slide tubes and trim | Valves: TBD | Finish: TBD Model [CR-58]. Photo source: eBay.
1964-1970
Model Size Description Example
CR-58 Bore: .468″
Bell: 4¾”
Medalist Cornet | Bell: brass bell | Body: brass with nickel silver slide tubes and trim | Valves: Contempora-type valve system | Finish: polished brass with epoxy coating Model CR-58 [SN 235596]. Photos used with permission from eBay Member: skanagoah.
CR-58T Bore: TBD
Bell: TBD
Medalist Cornet | Same as CR-58 with first-valve slide “trigger” 1968 Price List
1971-1979
Model Size Description Example
CR-58 Bore: .468″
Bell: 4¾”
Medalist Cornet | Bell: brass bell | Body: brass with nickel silver slide tubes and trim | Valves: Contempora-type valve system | Finish: polished brass with epoxy coating Model CR-58 [SN 310602]. Photo source: eBay.
CR-58S (?) Bore: .468″
Bell: 4¾”
Medalist Cornet | British-style short cornet | Body: brass | Valves: TBD | First- and third-valve tuning slide triggers | Same as Olds A-6S Ambassador Cornet Model TBD [SN A00794]. Photo courtesy of eBay Member: shawneuph.
Notes and Quotes

1966 Reynolds catalog:

A popular-priced cornet with all the quality features of our Medalist TU-58 Trumpet, and the balanced bore dimensions and proper resistance that allow a wider tonal and volume range, outstanding intonation and truly characteristic sound. Professional mouthpiece, music lyre and modern case included.

1970 Reynolds catalog:

Calculated balanced bore dimensions enable the beginning student to use a minimum of breath, but still maintain maximum projection. This outstanding student cornet combines exceptional playing performance with sturdy, rugged construction for long life and dependable service.

1977 Reynolds catalog:

The Medalist’s carefully designed bore dimensions make it a favorite for the beginning student. Minimum breath is required to maintain maximum projection combined with sturdy, rugged construction for long life and dependability. Finish is a highly polished brass with long lasting epoxy coating. Contempora-type valve system.