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New earliest Hi-Fi cornet reported

An eBay user has reported buying what appears to be a Hi-Fi model cornet with a serial number of 39243, which is ~2000 less than what I’d previously documented (41503). Based on my most recent estimates, a serial number of 39xxx would be from c.1955-56.

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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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Exposition French Horn

This richly engraved Reynolds Contempora Double French Horn was sold on eBay in early 2005, accompanied by the photos below and a 1989 letter of authenticity signed by Clark Newman, President of Taylor Music (Aberdeen, South Dakota). Newman had purchased the horns when Olds and Reynolds went out of business and further noted that: Instrument […]

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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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Onyx Cornet

Added first example documented of an Onyx model cornet (previously only the trumpet and trombone models were documented). Produced at the Olds plant in the mid-1970s, the Onyx models featured an ebony lacquer [aka “black nickel”] finish option over the brass areas of the horn. The ebony contrasted with the nickel silver valve tuning slides […]

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