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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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Nickel Silver Bell Flare

Under the Ohio Band label, Reynolds introduced a two-piece brass and nickel-silver bell in the late 1940s on deluxe “Tone Tempered”¬†models of the Roth trumpet, cornet and trombone. It’s not known if Reynolds founder Foster A. Reynolds was involved in the design of the new bell style, though it hardly seems coincidental that F.E. Olds […]

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Sterling Silver Bells

Foster Reynolds helped H.N. White introduce the original sterling silver bells in the late 1920s on the Liberty-model trumpets, cornets, trombones and clarinets. When Reynolds left in 1936 to form his own company, he also produced trumpets, cornets and tenor trombones with sterling silver bells.

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