Reynolds / Contempora Baritones

1936-1949
Model Size Description Example
TBD Bore: .560″
Bell: 10″
Reynolds Baritone | Bell: fixed upright bell | Body: brass | Valves: three (3) top-action piston valves | Finish: clear lacquer, also silverplate SN 6142; photos courtesy of eBay Member: nipper-snapper.
Reynolds Baritone | Same as above, with four (4) top-action piston valves SN 6756; photo source: eBay.
120 Bore: TBD
Bell: TBD
Reynolds Baritone | Bell: removeable forward-facing bell | Body: brass with nickel-silver valve caps and trim | Valves: three (3) side-action piston valves | Finish: TBD Photos used with permission from Roger Baker (eBay Member: rgbsnow).
1949-1964

The Reynolds baritones were rebranded as Contempora models c.1950; the instruments were the same, simply rebranded under new Roth ownership.  

Model Size Description Example
110 Bore: .560″
Bell: 11¼”
Contempora Baritone | Bell: upright bell | Valves: three side-action piston valves | Finish: polished brass with lacquer finish; silverplated bright bell or silverplated gold bell finishes were available at an additional cost No photo available
Contempora Baritone | Same as above with top-action piston valves No photo available
120 Bore: .560″
Bell: 11¼”
Contempora Baritone | Bell: removable front-facing bell | Valves: three side-action piston valves | Finish: polished brass with lacquer finish; silverplated bright bell or silverplated gold bell finishes were available at an additional cost No photo available
120-H Bore: .560″
Bell: 11¼”
Contempora DIATONIC Baritone with “Tune-As-You-Play” mechanism | Bell: removable bell front | Valves: three side-action piston valves | Finish: polished brass with lacquer finish; silverplated bright bell or silverplated gold bell finishes were available at an additional cost No photo available
1964-1970

In the 1960s, the Contempora baritones were produced at the Abilene plant and were similar if not identical to the Olds Studio baritone models. Manufacturing moved to Fullerton in 1971 after Norlin sold the Abilene plant to Conn.

Model Size Description Example
BR-01 Bore: .560″
Bell: 11¼”
Contempora Diatonic Baritone with “Tune-As-You-Play” mechanism | Bell: removable front-facing bell | Valves: three side-action piston valves | Finish: highly polished brass with epoxy coating No photo available
BR-02 Bore: .560″
Bell: 11¼”
Contempora Diatonic Baritone with “Tune-As-You-Play” mechanism | same as model BR-01 with fourth valve Model BR-02. Photo source: eBay.
BR-03 Bore: .560″
Bell: 11¼”
Contempora Diatonic Baritone with “Tune-As-You-Play” mechanism | Bell: removable upright bell | Valves: three side-action piston valves | Finish: highly polished brass with epoxy coating No photo available
BR-04 Bore: .560″
Bell: 11¼”
Contempora Diatonic Baritone with “Tune-As-You-Play” mechanism | same as model BR-03 with fourth valve No photo available
BR-05 Bore: .560″
Bell: 11¼”
Contempora Baritone | Bell: removeable bell front | Valves: three side-action piston valves | Finish: highly polished brass with epoxy coating Model BR-05. Photo source: eBay.
BR-06 Bore: .560″
Bell: 11¼”
Contempora Baritone | same as model BR-05 with fourth valve No photo available
BR-07 Bore: .560″
Bell: 11¼”
Contempora Baritone | Bell: removable upright bell | Valves: three side-action piston valves | Finish: highly polished brass with epoxy coating Model BR-07 [SN 241110]. Photo source: eBay
BR-08 Bore: .560″
Bell: 11¼”
Contempora Baritone | same as model BR-07 with fourth valve No photo available
1971-1979

Only a limited number of the baritone models above were produced after Reynolds moved all production to the Olds plant in 1971. Diatonic Models BR-01 and BR-02 below were only produced through c.1973 and do not appear in 1974 or 1977 Reynolds catalogs.

Model Size Description Example
BR-01 Bore: .560″
Bell: 11¼”
Contempora Diatonic Baritone with “Tune-As-You-Play” mechanism | Bell: removable front-facing bell | Valves: three side-action piston valves | Finish: highly polished brass with epoxy coating No photo available
BR-02 Bore: .560″
Bell: 11¼”
Contempora Diatonic Baritone with “Tune-As-You-Play” mechanism | same as model BR-01 with fourth valve No photo available
BR-051 Bore: .560″
Bell: 11¼”
Contempora Baritone | Bell: removeable bell front | Valves: three side-action piston valves | Finish: highly polished brass with epoxy coating No photo available
BR-061 Bore: .560″
Bell: 11¼”
Contempora Baritone | same as model BR-051 with fourth valve No photo available
BR-091 Bore: .560″
Bell: 11¼”
Contempora Baritone | Bell: fixed bell front | Valves: three side-action piston valves | Finish: highly polished brass with epoxy coating No photo available
Notes and Quotes

1953, 1958, 1959: “The beauty and individuality of the counter-melodic baritone parts demands a superlative instrument … the Reynolds Contempora Baritone. Full rich tone; and, most important, an ease of playing that allows the performer tremendous freedom with difficult passages. The Contempora Baritone can speak above the entire band, yet execute pianissimo passages that blend perfectly in ensemble playing.”

1953, 1958, 1959: “Reynolds DIATONIC ‘Tune-As-You-Play’ Baritone Model 120-H. The baritone of perfect intonation. Compensating mechanism on tuning slide achieves complete control of all registers. Adopted by leading university and college bands. Complete in shaped case.”

1966 Reynolds catalog: “[Diatonic Models BR-01/02 are] the finest of all Reynolds Baritones, with a truly magnificent range and tone. Exclusive adjustable double-action compensating mechanism on main tuning slide enables performer to raise or lower pitch of any note within the entire range of the instrument. Removeable bell front.”

1966 Reynolds catalog: “Outstanding concert baritones, remarkable for producing tremendous power and tonal color with relatively little effort. Removable bell front.”

1977 Reynolds catalog: “Mellow tone quality, quiet valve action and flawless response make this baritone an instrument for the advanced student musician. Features hand-lapped valves and rapid response. [BR-061] features four valves for increased range and flexibility. Free blowing with a mellow tone quality, high response and excellent intonation. Hand-lapped valves for smooth action.”