While the earliest known Reynolds-branded double horns date from approximately 1941, an Ohio Band Instrument Co. catalog believed to be from c.1936 does list a Regent model Double Horn. A subsidiary company of Reynolds, Ohio Band instruments were produced in the same factory as Reynolds instruments. Unfortunately photos and/or illustrations are not available for this model, but it may not be a stretch to assume that the horn would bear a resemblance to the King horns that were produced under Foster Reynolds’ guidance at H.N. White through 1935. The marketing language in the Ohio Band catalog is very similar to that found in H.N. White materials, especially the claims of milling accuracy to less than 1/1000″ and the uniformity of the gauge of metals used.
The Regent models were discontinued in the late 1940s as Reynolds and Ohio Band operations were consolidated under the Roth-Reynolds name.
Notes and Quotes
The Regent catalog:
The French Horn excels all other brass instruments in its power of expression. Being a delicate and sensitive instrument, mechanical accuracy in manufacturing is of paramount importance. The rotary valves are of the quiet floating type, rotating on exceptionally long, accurately fitted shafts and bearings, thereby preventing friction on the rotor valve. These valves are machined and fitted to limits as close as one-half of 1/1000 of an inch and are guaranteed to function freely.
The instrument is constructed of the finest special alloy materials, especially developed for French Horns. The guage of the metal is held uniform throughout and all tubing is of seamless construction. Regent French Horns, built by experts, have a perfect scale in all registers; they are easy blowing and are suitable for orchestra as well as band use. Made in both Single and Double Models, Regent French Horns invite comparison.