Hi-Fi Trombones

Introduced in 1959, the short-lived “Hi-Fi” trombone appears to have been a large-bore (.520″) version of the brass-bell Emperor trombone. Other than bore and bell size, the materials design is identical between the two models and they had similar pricing, though the "Hi-Fi" model was grouped with the Professional model in marketing materials. The Contempora and Argenta models were the only other large-bore straight tenor trombones produced by Reynolds.

The “Hi-Fi” model was discontinued sometime after Richards Music Corp purchased Reynolds in 1961.

1952-1961

Roth-Reynolds (Cleveland, Ohio)

Model 67

Reynolds "Hi-Fi" Trombone

Bore: .520"
Bell:
8½", brass
Materials:
brass gooseneck, tuning slide; nickel silver bracing and trim
Slide: chrome-plated nickel silver inner slides; brass outer slides with nickel-silver mouthpiece receiver, handgrip and sleeves
Finish: clear lacquer finish; optional silver plate finish with gold bell
Other: brass "R" counterweight

1961-1964

RMC/Reynolds (Cleveland, Ohio)

Sometime after Richards Music purchased Reynolds in 1961, the product catalog was renumbered. The old numbers were replaced with a new scheme that reflected the type of instrument. To the best of knowledge, the instrument specifications did not change, just the model numbers. While the Hi-Fi model does not appear in a 1963 (possibly '62) product catalog, there are documented examples of the model with the RMC bell engraving.

Model TBD

Reynolds "Hi-Fi" Trombone

Bore: .520"
Bell:
8½", brass
Materials:
brass gooseneck, tuning slide; nickel silver bracing and trim
Slide: chrome-plated nickel silver inner slides; brass outer slides with nickel-silver mouthpiece receiver, handgrip and sleeves
Finish: clear lacquer finish; optional silver plate finish with gold bell
Other: brass "R" counterweight

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