Herald Trumpets & Pageantry Brass

Created in the mid-1950s, Reynolds' collection of "novelty brass" instruments was part of the overall push into school markets. These fanfare trumpets were equipped with rings for attaching school pennants and came in a variety of tuning options.

1952-1961

Roth-Reynolds (Cleveland, Ohio)

Model 56

Reynolds Herald "Aida" Trumpet in B♭

Length: 46½"
Materials: brass with nickel-silver outer slide tubes; bronze alloy mouthpiece receiver
Finish: polished brass with clear lacquer finish

Model 57

Reynolds Coach Horn in F

Length: 48"
Finish: polished brass with clear lacquer finish

Model 58

Reynolds Post Horn in A♭ trumpet

Length: 30"
Finish: polished brass with clear lacquer finish

1959 Roth-Reynolds catalog

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.

Model TU-60

Reynolds Herald Trumpet in B♭

Length: 46½"
Materials: brass with nickel-silver outer slide tubes; bronze alloy mouthpiece receiver
Finish: polished brass with clear lacquer finish

Model HR-51

Reynolds Coach Horn in F

Length: 48"
Finish: polished brass with clear lacquer finish

Model HR-52

Reynolds Post Horn in A♭ trumpet

Length: 30"
Finish: polished brass with clear lacquer finish

c.1963 RMC/Reynolds catalog

Some special instruments have been found of value in adding to the pageantry of campus activities and other special occasions. For this reason, Reynolds offers such unusual instruments as the Herald Trumpet in the key of B♭, Coach Horn in the key of F, and the Post Horn in the key of A♭. Colorful banners or pennants may be hung from them. Offered in clear lacquer finish only.

c.1963 RMC/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.

In some 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 Reynolds Herald Trumpet of this period was the same as the Olds Aida Trumpet, Model O-10. The Olds model was produced well into the 1970's, however, evidence for the Reynolds version only goes up to c.1970.

Model TU-60

Herald Trumpet in B♭

Bore: .460"
Bell
: 4¾" brass bell with nickel-silver bell flare
Materials: brass with nickel-silver upper valve casings (balusters) and outer slide tubes
Finish: clear epoxy finish

A special instrument to add to the pageantry of campus and other occasions, especially when colorful banners or pennants are hung from them. Clear finish only.

1966 Reynolds catalog

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