Contempora Models

The photos and notes below describe the different engraving styles that were used on Contempora instruments over different periods of the Reynolds Company’s history.

1949-1952
con_194x Trumpets, cornets and tenor trombones all featured a “retro” script written lengthwise along the bell. These earliest Contempora instruments also had “Reynolds” engraved across the bell width. The nickel-silver kranz was engraved with “F.A. REYNOLDS CO. INC CLEVELAND OHIO U.S.A.”
Model TBD [SN 29297]. Photos used with permission from Fred Land. Fred Land has an example of an early 1950s Contempora tenor trombone [SN 29297] without a nickel-silver tone ring, but engravings around the bell rim where the ring would be. The inscription is “F.A. Reynolds Co. Inc. Cleveland Ohio U.S.A.”, placing it in the 1949-1952 period before the Roth-Reynolds business name was used.
1952-1961
Contempora Cornet [SN 48132]. Photo courtesty of eBay seller: wideangleman. From 1952-61, the bell kranz (tone ring) was engraved with “ROTH-REYNOLDS ISTR. CO. CLEVELAND OHIO USA”. Also, “Reynolds” no longer appears across the bell width.
contempora_03 Bass trombones featured a much simpler script style with “Made by Roth-Reynolds” underneath the model name.
con_195x French horns, background brass and low brass instruments all featured this engraving style, which combined the simpler “Contempora” script with the “Reynolds” name and “Made by…” text against an optional ribbon-style background.
1961-1964
071427 Same as 1952-1961 with the addition of the RMC shield logo to the right of the engraving. The bell kranz (tone ring) was engraved with “REYNOLDS DIV. CLEVELAND OHIO U.S.A.”.
68737_03 Same as 1952-1961 with the addition of the RMC shield logo to the right of the engraving.

Note: the engravings around the word “Contempora” on this example were custom and added later by the owner.

0113_3 Same as 1952-1961 with the addition of the RMC shield logo below the engraving.
1964-1970
222311 From 1964-70, the bell kranz (tone ring) was engraved with “F.A. REYNOLDS CO. ABILENE TEXAS U.S.A.” and “REYNOLDS” filling the rest of the ring.
con_196x Trumpets, cornets and all trombones used this updated script. A large stylized “R” was engraved on all instruments produced in this time period.
con_1970 French horns, background brass and low brass instruments all used this engraving style, which combined a simpler “Contempora” script with the “Reynolds” name, stylized “R” and “Abilene, Texas” text, along with an optional model number.
1971-1979
con_197x In Reynolds’ last decade, all instruments were similarly engraved: a large lowercase “reynolds” with the model name and “Made in USA” in smaller uppercase lettering underneath.
con_197x_kranz After 1970, the bell kranz (tone ring) does not appear to have been engraved and it was dropped from the design in the mid 1970s.