Circa 1949, Reynolds redesigned their entire trombone line. The new designs bear more than a passing resemblance to trombones made by Olds (where founder Foster A. Reynolds was working after selling Reynolds in 1946) rather than the previously modeled King trombones. The previous F.A. Reynolds models were replaced by the Reynolds “Professional” model. Serial number 22000 (c.1949) marks the approximate change to the updated design.
Reynolds trombones made c.1952 and later (serial number 30000) are marked “Made by Roth-Reynolds” instead of “F.A. Reynolds”. The main bell engraving changed from the vertical “F.A. Reynolds” block lettering to a lengthwise script that simply says “Reynolds”.
Reynolds continued to offer a sterling silver bell option throughout the 1950s and early ’60s. The basic sterling silver bell (model 73) had an added “Sterling” word engraved below the large “Reynolds” script, while the deluxe engraving style (model 71) added the fancy filigree and hand-burnished gold inlay that set those models apart. The latter does not appear to have added the “Sterling” designation.
Production of the Reynolds Professional and Sterling model trombones ended when the Cleveland plant was shuttered in 1964, though a later “Professional” model was offered in the early 1970s (see below).
The late-model Professional trombone was made at the Olds plant in Fullerton between 1971-75. It shares many of the material characteristics of the earlier Cleveland-made Professional models, although the bell size was increased to 8″ and the slide now featured nickel-silver outer tubes.
Notes and Quotes
195x, 1958, 1959 Roth-Reynolds catalog:
The Reynolds Professional Tenor Trombone is specifically designed for professional use. Notable for easy blowing and an effortless slide action for those long, steady hours of difficult dance and symphony work. Brilliant and true tenor trombone sound in all registers, yet with a bell diameter of 7½ inches which permits easy “filling” of the instrument. Correctly designed hand position and exquisite nickel silver trim. Solid nickel slides. Chrome-plated and drawn stockings for perfect performance.
195x Roth-Reynolds catalog:
The Professional Bass Trombone is designed for the hard-working bass trombonist. Medium large bore with 8½” bell produces fine bass trombone sound with a minimum of effort. Rotary change to F and E slide with a valve designed after our famous French horn valves for a lifetime of perfect service. Slides of nickel silver and chrome plate drawn by a new Reynolds process for absolute precision movement.
1958, 1959 Roth-Reynolds catalogs:
Rich, full, responsive tone — superb intonation — excellent ease of playing. These remarkable qualities are embodied in our popular Tenor Trombones with F attachment and it is, therefore, that Roth-Reynolds also leads in this category.
1974 Reynolds catalog:
Designed to satisfy the exacting demands of advanced players and music educators. The TO-38 is precise in every register, highly responsive and flexible. Design features ensure fast and dependable slide performance. Quality craftsmanship and precision engineering provide a rich, full sound. Complete with deluxe instrument luggage and accessories.