Collected archives of product catalogs, brochures, price lists and print advertisements from over 40+ years of Reynolds history. The collection is presented over the major segments of company history, from 1936 to 1979.
F.A. Reynolds (Cleveland, Ohio)
Ohio Band Instrument Co. (Cleveland, Ohio)
There is limited documentation available from Reynolds' first decade of business. Print ads for Reynolds and Roth have been uncovered from 1940-42 and the folks at hnwhite.com have kindly provided a copy of an Ohio Band Instrument Co. catalog from their archives.
F.A. Reynolds, division of Scherl & Roth (Cleveland, Ohio)
Roth-Reynolds (Cleveland, Ohio)
The 1950s and the Roth-Reynolds era are well represented in the archives, with product catalogs, artist brochures, instrument pamphlets, print ads and miscellaneous promotional items. This period saw the introduction of the Gothic-style Reynolds logo, which persisted in one form or another until 1970 when the all-lowercase logo was introduced. Evidently the company was using single colors in their printed materials—the green, yellow and brown-toned catalogs and brochures are accurately reproduced here.
Reynolds Dealer Flag
Leonard Smith poster (17"x22")
Album cover of "This is Teagarden!" (1956) with his Reynolds Professional trombone
Signed promotional photo of Jack Teagarden with Reynolds Professional Trombone (1957)
RMC/Reynolds (Cleveland, Ohio)
Reynolds (Fullerton, Calif.; Abilene, Texas)
After Richards Music went bankrupt, CMI purchased the assets to Reynolds in 1964. The student focus remained, but there's an increased presentation of instrument specifications and unique feature details. Advertising was heavily Texas-themed in 1965 with the move to Abilene, then shifted to instrument characteristics.
Reynolds (Fullerton, Calif.)
In 1970, Reynolds merged production lines with Olds in Fullerton and sold the Abilene plant to Conn. In most cases, a horn would come off the California production line and become either a Reynolds- or Olds-branded instrument based on detailing and finish.
The purpose of this website is to preserve the history of the F. A. Reynolds Company and the distinctive qualities of its brass instruments. Contempora Corner and contemporacorner.com are not related or associated in any way to the former or current F.A. Reynolds Company.