Emperor Baritones

The Emperor baritones were produced at the Reynolds plant in Abilene alongside the identical Olds Ambassador baritones. According to Bernie Marston, the identical Olds and Reynolds models were sold as different brands in order to keep the dealer networks of both manufacturers intact. Manufacturing moved to Fullerton in 1971 after Norlin sold the Abilene plant to Conn.

1964-1979
Model Size Description Example
BR-56 Bore: .560″
Bell: 11¼”
Emperor Baritone | Bell: removable bell front | Valves: three side-action piston valves | Finish: polished brass with lacquer finish; optional silverplate with bright bell or gold bell finish | Note: same as Olds Ambassador Baritone Model A-25 Photo source: eBay.
BR-57 Bore: .560″
Bell: 11¼”
Emperor Baritone | same as Model BR-56 with fixed bell front | Note: same as Olds Ambassador Baritone Model A-30 Photo source: eBay
BR-58 Bore: .560″
Bell: 11¼”
Emperor Baritone | same as Model BR-56 with fixed upright bell | Note: same as Olds Ambassador Baritone Model A-35 Photo source: eBay
Notes and Quotes

1977: “Widely used in school band programs, the Emperor features the characteristics of a professional instrument. A highly responsive, free blowing baritone with fine intonation. Three side-action valves for smooth, fast action. [Model BR-58 features] American-style bell with horizontally-mounted valves for unobstructed view of the conductor.”