Hi-Fi Trumpets

Introduced in 1959 (a year after the cornet model), the short-lived “Hi-Fi” trumpet appears to have been a large-bore (.462″) version of the brass-bell Emperor trumpet. The materials design is identical between the two models and they had similar pricing. The “Hi-Fi” models were cut from the Reynolds catalog sometime after Richards Music purchased the company in 1961.

1959-1961

Roth-Reynolds (Cleveland, Ohio)

The introduction of the "Hi-Fi" model name is consistent with Roth-Reynolds' marketing approach in the late 1950s where they assigned new model names to unique variations of standard instruments (see also the "Sterling" and "Renascence" models). Previously this model would have been most likely marketed as a large-bore Emperor trumpet.

Model 64

Large-bore B♭ trumpet 

Bore: .462"
Bell: 4-5/8" brass
Length: 21½"
Materials: brass with nickel-silver valve slides
Finish: clear lacquer finish; optional silverplate with bright bell or gold bell finish

Model 64 [SN 60924]. Photos used with permission from Clay Collins (Centex Brass).

An extremely flexible trumpet for advanced students and professionals. Built in large bore to match 'Hi-Fi' cornet. Truly a professional instrument at a reasonable price.

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 instruments 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 TU-??

Large-bore B♭ trumpet 

Bore: .462"
Bell: 4-5/8" brass
Length: 21½"
Materials: brass with nickel-silver valve slides
Finish: clear lacquer finish; optional silverplate with bright bell or gold bell finish

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