Medalist Cornets

RMC/Reynolds introduced the Medalist line of instruments in 1961 in an attempt to take advantage of the sales opportunities created by expanding school band progams (and funding) in the 1960s. RMC introduced trumpet, cornet and trombone models under the Reynolds name and other Medalist instruments under other subsidiaries.

In order to produce the anticipated volume of needed student instruments, RMC contracted manufacturing of the Medalist lines to a variety of locations. The presence of “Elkhart, Ind” markings on many models indicates horns that were made at the E.K. Blessing factory in Elkhart, Indiana (confirmed by Merle Johnson, former President of Blessing). Other Medalist instruments are marked “Made in USA” and are of unknown origin (if not also made by Blessing).

1961-1964

RMC/Reynolds (Cleveland, Ohio; Elkhart, Indiana)

The Medalist line effectively replaced the Roth instruments in the RMC/Reynolds catalog. The Roth cornet, trumpet and trombone had been one of the three original instrument lines manufactured at F.A. Reynolds and Ohio Band, along with the Reynolds and Regent lines. The Roth line was known for its durability and value. Conversely, Paul Rawlins notes that the early student horns produced by RMC-Reynolds were made with low-quality, inexpensive sheet brass. The concept was to put a cheap horn in a durable Samsonite case and sell the package to the student rental market. The approach worked until it was discovered that the low-quality brass used to make the horns could not be repaired without permanent damage to the metal.

Model CR-58

Student-level cornet

Bore: TBD
Bell: TBD" brass bell
Materials: brass with nickel-silver outer slide tubes and trim
Finish: polished brass with clear lacquer finish

Designed for young musicians to serve them faithfully throughout their school years, the Medalist trumpet or cornet is the outstanding value in the Reynolds line. Built-in strength to withstand hard student handling with such features as solid nickel bracing and nickel silver on every movable slide, this instrument still encompasses such refinements as combination construction of third valve slide for maxium acoustical effect and balanced bore dimensions to produce an outstanding intonation patter adn truly characteristic sound. Easy-action valves with hard nickel plating and enclosed top action springs. 

1963 RCM/Reynolds catalog

1964-1970

Reynolds (Fullerton, Calif.; Abilene, Texas)

After CMI purchased the assets to Reynolds, trumpets, cornets, trombones and French horns were made at the Olds factory in Fullerton, Calif. There were slight adjustments to the model specifications compared to the Cleveland instruments.

A popular-priced cornet with all the quality features of our Medalist TU-58 Trumpet, and the balanced bore dimensions and proper resistance that allow a wider tonal and volume range, outstanding intonation and truly characteristic sound. Professional mouthpiece, music lyre and modern case included.

1966 F.A. Reynolds catalog

Model CR-58

Medalist cornet

Bore: .468"
Bell: 4¾" brass
Materials: brass with nickel-silver outer slide tubes
Finish: polished brass with clear epoxy coating

Model CR-58T

Same as Model CR-58 with first-valve trigger

Listed in a 1968 price list, this variation likely incorporated an Olds-style first-valve trigger.

Calculated balanced bore dimensions enable the beginning student to use a minimum of breath, but still maintain maximum projection. This outstanding student cornet combines exceptional playing performance with sturdy, rugged construction for long life and dependable service.

1970 Reynolds catalog

1970-1979

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. 

Model CR-58

Medalist cornet

Bore: .468"
Bell: 4¾"
Materials: brass with nickel-silver outer slide tubes and trim
Finish: polished brass with clear epoxy coating

The Medalist's carefully designed bore dimensions make it a favorite for the beginning student. Minimum breath is required to maintain maximum projection combined with sturdy, rugged construction for long life and dependability. Finish is a highly polished brass with long lasting epoxy coating. Solid nickel silver outside slide tubes. Three piece solid nickel silver water key with machine bridge. Contempora type valve system. Extra sturdy mouthpipe to bell bracing. Live bell. Professional mouthpiece. Complete with custom designed luggage.

1974 Reynolds catalog

Model CR-56

British-style short cornet (appears on 1978 price list); same as Olds A-6S Ambassador Cornet

Bore: .468"
Bell: 4¾"
Length: 21½"
Materials: brass with nickel-silver outer slide tubes
Finish: polished brass with clear epoxy coating

Model CR-56T

Same as CR-56 with first-valve trigger

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