An Index to Reynolds Instruments
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- F.A. Reynolds name first used in commerce; Feb. 1936.
- Scherl & Roth bought F.A. Reynolds in 1946.
- The Emperor and Contempora brands were introduced by F.A. Reynolds in 1947 and 1949. First known Emperor model: SN 24577. First known Contempora model: 232xx, 25594.
- Professional "Hi-Fi" cornet introduced 1957/58: 46xxx lowest serial number recorded.
- Argenta brand introduced 1959; 545xx lowest serial number recorded.
- Most instruments between SN 60xxx-79xxx bear the RMC shield, because during 1961-1963 Richards Music owned Reynolds. Instruments were only produced for part of 1963
- Medalist brand instruments were originally manufactured in Elkhart, Indiana for RMC/Reynolds by Blessing.
- SN 96897 first recorded Medalist instrument, lastSN 221765. However, it should be noted that the Medalist line was begun in 1961 and continued through 1979, so serials maybe be expected between 60000, and A40000.
- Serial numbers for Reynolds instruments were reset at 200000 after the moves to Abilene and Fullerton in 1964
- 1972, all instruments are produced in Fullerton and are marked with "Made in USA"
- Olds and Reynolds merged production serial numbers in October 1977, beginning the "A" sequence
- A40550 (Jan. 1979); Production ceased July 1979