Contempora Single Horns

Circa 1950, the F.A. Reynolds single horn in F was rebranded as a “Contempora” model and the B♭ model was introduced with three or four valves.

1949-1961
Model Size Description Example
150 Bore: TBD
Bell: 12″
Contempora Single Horn in F; optional E♭ slide | Valves: three rotor valves | Materials: brass with nickel-silver slide tubes and bracing | Finish: clear lacquer finish Model 150. Photo source: eBay (unknown).
155 Bore: TBD
Bell: 12″
Contempora Single Horn in B♭ | Valves: three rotor valves | Materials: brass with nickel-silver slide tubes and bracing | Finish: clear lacquer finish Model 155 [SN unknown]. Photos used with permission from eBay Member: dropit-off.
165 Bore: TBD
Bell: TBD
Contempora Single Horn in B♭ | Same as Model 155, but with four rotor valves No photo available
1961-1964
Model Size Description Example
150 Bore: TBD
Bell: 12″
Contempora Single Horn in F; optional E♭ slide | Valves: three rotor valves | Materials: brass with nickel-silver slide tubes and bracing | Finish: clear lacquer finish SN 062717. Source: eBay Member zarf22
155 Bore: TBD
Bell: 12″
Contempora Single Horn in B♭ | Valves: three rotor valves | Materials: brass with nickel-silver slide tubes and bracing | Finish: clear lacquer finish SN 065530. Source: eBay Member ara1957.
1964-1979
Model Size Description Example
FE-11 Bore: TBD
Bell: 12″
Contempora Single Horn in F; optional E♭ slide | Valves: three rotor valves | Materials: solid nickel silver | Finish: baked epoxy finish Model FE-11 [SN 231171]. Photos used with permission from eBay Member: leisuretime-mi.
FE-12 Bore: TBD
Bell: 12″
Contempora Single Horn in F; optional E♭ slide | Valves: three rotor valves | Materials: brass with nickel-silver slide tubes and bracing | Finish: baked epoxy finish Photo source: eBay (unknown)
Notes and Quotes

1966 Reynolds catalog:

[Contempora FE-11 is] Reynolds’ finest single horn, incorporating all the best features of all our French horns. Remarkably free-blowing, with a perfection of scale in all registers. Solid nickel-silver throughout. Eb slide available at slight extra cost.


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