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Lowest Contempora serial number: 21025

A current eBay auction has what would be, for me, the earliest recorded Contempora instrument, a trumpet with a serial number of 21025. This is the second Contempora model horn with a serial number around 21xxx that I’ve noted this year. According to trademark documents, the first usage of the Contempora brand was in 1949. […]

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How early is this Contempora?

A new eBay listing claims to be a Contempora trumpet (large bore, with first-valve trigger — model 40L) with a serial number of 21527. The previous oldest Contempora model I had in my records was 25594. The previous oldest Contempora trumpet had been SN 32558! Based on my serial number research, 4000 horns could be […]

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A sterling silver Contempora?

A current listing on eBay has what claims to be a sterling silver bell Contempora trombone. Here is the listing description: Offered here is a VERY RARE Cleveland OH made Reynolds Contempora Professional model trombone featuring a Sterling Silver  8 1/2″ Bell, .520 bore, the remainder of the instrument is in nickel silver.  As you […]

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