Introduced in 1961 by Reynolds/RMC, the Medalist trumpet replaced the Roth model as the low-end student instrument in the catalog. 1961-1963 models were produced by E.K. Blessing for Reynolds in Elkhart, Indiana. After the merger with Olds in 1964, Medalist models had a great deal in common with the Olds Ambassador models.
Notes and Quotes
1966 Reynolds catalog:
Created for students, but with most of the features usually found only on higher-priced instruments: Contempora-type valve system; five-piece mouthpiece-to-bell bracing; solid nickel-silver tubing on the outside of all movable tuning slides; three-piece solid nickel-silver water key with machined bridge. Professional mouthpiece, music lyre and modern case included.
1970 Reynolds catalog:
The Medalist offers the student musician features usually found only in higher-priced horns. Features like: top loaded innerspring valves, ‘live’ bell, and a professional mouthpiece. Each of these important considerations was a factor in determining the acoustical design of the Medalist. Easy-blowing characteristics do not hamper the output. A minimum of breath produces a large, full sound.
1977 Reynolds catalog:
The Medalist is carefully crafted to permit the student to progress to the best of his natural ability. Easy blowing characteristics do not hamper output. A minimum of breath, through the tapered mouthpipe, produces a large, full sound. The smooth valve action responds to the lightest, fastest touch.