Hi-Fi Trumpets

Introduced in 1959, the short-lived “Hi-Fi” trumpet appears to have been a larger-bore (.462″) version of the brass-bell Emperor trumpet. The materials design is identical between the two models and they had similar pricing. The one-piece outer valve casing on the “Hi-Fi” would be later seen on the Argenta model. The “Hi-Fi” models did not survive the manufacturing move from Cleveland to Abilene/Fullerton after CMI purchased F.A. Reynolds Co. in 1964.

1959-1964
Model Size Description Example
64 Bore: .462″
Bell: 4-5/8″
Length: 21½”
Reynolds “Hi-Fi” B♭ Trumpet | Bell: brass bell | Valves: TBD | Materials: brass with nickel-silver tuning slides | Finish: clear lacquer finish; optional silverplate with bright bell or gold bell finish Model 64. Photo source: eBay
Notes and Quotes

1959 Roth-Reynolds catalog:

An extremely flexible trumpet for advanced students and professionals. Built in large bore to match ‘Hi-Fi’ cornet. Truly a professional instrument at a reasonable price.


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