Medalist Trumpets

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.

1961-1964
Model Size Description Example
TU-58 Bore: .470″
Bell: TBD
Medalist B♭ Trumpet | Bell: brass bell | Body: brass with nickel-silver braces | Valves: top-loaded, inner-spring valves | Finish: TBD Model TU-58 [SN 99267]. Photos used with permission from eBay Member: ez4u2bcool.
Same as above except with nickel-silver tuning slides (same as Model TU-58 below) Model TU-58 [SN 133907]. Photos used with permission from eBay Member: tar53.
1964-1979
Model Size Description Example
TU-58 Bore: .460″
Bell: 4¾”
Medalist B♭ Trumpet | Bell: brass bell | Body: brass with nickel-silver tuning slides | Valves: top-loaded, inner-spring valves | Finish: polished brass with baked epoxy coating  Model TU-58 [SN 234929]. Photo source: eBay.
TU-58T Bore: TBD
Bell: TBD
Medalist B♭ Trumpet | Same as above with first-valve slide “trigger” 1968 Price List
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.