Note: Regent basses were produced by the Ohio Band Instrument Company (located in the same building as F.A. Reynolds Co.), which was focused on sales to student instrument dealers.
Circa 1949, the Reynolds sousaphones were rebranded as Contempora models. The Contempora Recording Bass and Tuba models were the same instrument with different bell configurations: 23″ bell front for the former, 20″ upright for the latter — extra bell flares could be purchased to allow for both setups. The Regent models were discontinued as Reynolds and Ohio Band operations were consolidated under the Roth-Reynolds name.
In the late 1960s, some parts, e.g. tuba and sousaphone bells, were produced in the Fullerton plant, then shipped to Abilene for assembly with the other parts made there.
|Contempora BB♭ Student Tuba | Fixed upright bell | Valves: four (4) pistons | Finish: highly polished brass with baked epoxy finish||No photo available|
|Contempora BB♭ Student Tuba | Same as Model TB-09, with three (3) valves||No photo available|
Notes and Quotes
Ohio Band catalog:
THE REGENT Bass, while designed for use in school bands, will also meet the needs of the professional. Because of its scientifically correct balance, it is easy to handle. The bore and all proportions are carefully designed to produce a round, smooth tone, with ample volume. Its rapidity of response and ease of playing are the result of this accuracy of design.
1950s Roth-Reynolds catalog:
Presenting the Reynolds Contempora Recording Bass BB♭ or E♭ Symphony models … the magnificent result of years of careful research. They are especially notable for accurate intonation and correct, deep tonal color for orchestras and symphonic bands. Contempora Recording Basses are built with detachable bell. They incorporate all the fine Contempora playing qualities and workmanship. Available in three finishes. Set of Cases consisting of separate unit for body and another unit for bell available at additional cost.
1958, 1959 Roth-Reynolds catalogs:
The new Reynolds Contempora Recording Bass adds symphonic richness to the foundation of either band or orchestra. Culminating years of extensive research and development, this new model has been immediately acclaimed by noted band directors and symphony players. The larger size of Reynolds Contempora provides practically unlimited possibilities of solid, rich tone ranging in dynamics from a full fortissimo to a faint whisper in all registers. Lightening-fast action of the valves together with easy response make possible the playing of the most difficult and intricate passages with great facility. The remarkable tone control of the Reynolds Contempora Basses is a result of many years of research to obtain just the right resistance in the air column. Of great importance to the audience during a performance is the breath-taking beauty in the greatness and gracefulness of Reynolds Contempora Recording Basses.
The Reynolds Contempora Tuba with its beautiful pipe organ tone creates a full, yet diffused, foundation for band or orchestra. Popular choice of famous symphony artists, the upright (European style) bell has many advantages. Basically the tuba possesses all of the marvelous playing characteristics of model 170 Reynolds Recording Bass for the body sections are identical. The long, graceful upright bell distributes widely the full, rich Reynolds tone and imparts a thrilling sonority which blends with either brass or strings. With the use of interchangeable bells, it is possible to alter the complete tonal color of either symphonic band or orchestra. Further, the conductor may select the ‘non-directional’ sound of the tuba or the comparatively ‘directional’ tones of the recording model. Reynolds Contempora Tubas are designed to rest safely on the bell in an inverted position.
1966 Reynolds catalog:
Reynolds Brass Recording Basses incorporate all the fine features of other Reynolds brass instruments. Lightning-fast chrome-plated nickel-silver valves, detachable 23″ bells and unique trigger on first valve slide, permits maximum tuning compensation with the flick of a finger. Removeable upright bells at extra cost. Brass finish, silver-plate with bright or gold bell optional. Two-piece formed cases also available at extra cost.”
The Reynolds TB-10 Tuba is now recognized by music educators as the finest student tuba on the market. Beginning players find it free-blowing and responsive — advanced performers like its accuracy and tone quality. Lightweight, durable, and trouble-free, the TB-10 is the pride of the Reynolds Company — a superb product.
1970 Reynolds catalog (TB-11), (TB-12):
The Reynolds Contempora Recording Bass … is designed for the professional or advanced player whose requirements demand an unusual instrument — one which responds to the slightest urging in a pianissimo passage or is capable of the utmost volume called for by the score. And the traditional intonation problems of a recording bass no longer exist. First-valve tuning trigger provides instant adjustment of those ‘difficult’ notes and the 4th valve makes additional alternate fingerings available.
1977 Reynolds catalog:
Expert design and precision craftsmanship have made the Reynolds Tuba the choice among music educators and performers. Lightweight and easy to handle, this tuba provides the full resonance required of any bass. In addition to the unexcelled intonation in all registers, the TB-101 responds quickly while retaining its balanced clarity of tone. [TB-091 has the] same features and specifications as the TB-101 except with the addition of a 4th valve to permit complete flexibility and extra range.