Mellophones

1936-1949
Model Size Description Example
TBD Bore: TBD
Bell: TBD
Reynolds Mellophone | Valves: three piston valves | No rotor change to Eb; Eb crook likely included with horn (not shown here) | Specs TBD Model TBD. Photo source: eBay.
TBD Bore: TBD
Bell: TBD
Reynolds Mellophone | Same as above except note different wrap style on middle valve. Model TBD [SN 4806]. Photo source: Kenny Neal.
1216 Bore: TBD
Bell: TBD
The Regent Mellophone in F with E♭ slide | Valves: three piston valves | Bore: TBD” | Bell: TBD” | Finish: polished brass with gold lacquer finish; triple silverplated, satin finish, bright silver points, bright bell or gold bell finish also available Model 1216 [SN 3851]. Photo source: eBay. Shown with Eb slide attachment.
TBD Bore: TBD
Bell: TBD
The Regent Mellophone in F with E♭ slide | Same as above except note different wrap style on middle valve. Model TBD [SN 23620]. Photo source: Kenny Neal.

Note: Regent mellophones were produced under the Ohio Band Instrument Company label, which was focused on sales to student instrument dealers.

1949-1964
Model Size Description Example
100 Bore: TBD
Bell: 10½”
Contempora Mellophone | Valves: piston valves; rotor change from F to E♭ | Materials: brass | Finish: brass with clear lacquer finish, or silverplated with bright bell or gold bell finish Model 100 [SN 59804]. Photo source: eBay.
1964-1970
Model Size Description Example
ML-11 Bore: TBD
Bell: 10½”
Contempora Mellophone | Valves: piston valves; rotor change from F to E♭ | Materials: brass | Finish: highly polished brass with baked epoxy finish Model ML-11. Photo source: eBay.
ML-12 Bore: TBD
Bell: TBD
Contempora Straight Bell Mellophone | Valves: piston valves; rotor change from F to Eb | Materials: brass | Finish: highly polished brass with baked epoxy finish Model ML-12. Photo source: eBay
1971-1979
Model Size Description Example
ML-13 Bore: .468″
Bell: 10½”
Contempora Marching Mellophone | Valves: piston valves | Materials: brass | Finish: highly polished brass with baked epoxy finish Model ML-13 [SN 269148]. Photos used with permission from Roy Kersey.
Notes and Quotes

193x catalog: “This instrument is built in F and Eb, so it can be used in either band or orchestra. It is designed to give a more melodious tone, very much like that of the French Horn quality. This mellophone is constructed so as to make it easy to hold and play in either marching or seated formation. Ideally suited for beginners in band playing. Good intonation through the entire scale.”

1953, 1958, 1959 Roth-Reynolds catalog: “Built in F with rotary quick change to Eb, which makes it readily adaptable to both orchestra and band without transposition. With its rich, full, mellow tone, it often substitutes for the French horn and has a smooth velvety quality that blends beautifully in ensemble playing. Available in three finishes, all prices complete with case and accessories.”

1966 Reynolds catalog: “Known for having the best intonation quality and volume, these Reynolds background instruments please bandsmen with their big, satisfying sound. Even beginners find them effortless, due in large part to Reynolds’ precision valve-making and scientific bore design. Each instrument is a beauty in brilliant brass; silver-plate with bright or gold bells optional at slight extra cost.”

1977 Reynolds catalog: “The compact design and lightweight construction of the Reynolds Marching Mellphone offers superior playing ease and comfort in the most intricate marching maneuvers. In addition to the improved intonation, the ML-13 responds instantly while retaining richness and balanced clarity of tone throughout the scale. Highly polished brass with a baked epoxy finish. Extra heavy bracing provides the rugged strength required in a marching instrument.”