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Discussion in 'Vintage Trumpets / Cornets' started by jonterman, Apr 29, 2010.
I would say it is likely a 60. The 65 Hi-fi has the same wrap and was introduced in the mid fifties according to CC. The serial on this on dates it to 51-52, maybe before the Hi-Fi. I guess the differences were in the casings materials. Sure looks like a good one to snap up at that price.!
I believe this was Reynold's copy of the King Master cornets. The 'underslung' tuning slide is a dead giveaway
Given that Reynolds sued King for using that style wrap on their Master cornet that was only in production for a few years, while the Reynolds design was in use a few decades... I believe the copying occurred the other way around.
Those Reynolds cornets have great sound. Enjoy!
I think Oguage47 has it more correct. King has had Master Model with underslung tubing way back in time. There is a picture of a beautiful Silvertone Master Model on the HN White site from 1928 and I have seen older. Conn introduced the 36A Concert Grand of similar design, but larger bore, and was sued by King and had to stop production. I was just reading on CC that the Hi-Fi cornet was introduced c.1955, followed by the trumpet and trombone in 1959. They did not survive the manufacturing move from Cleveland to Abeliene/Fullerton.
Another section says Reynolds Professional cornets were made from 1952-64 and a continuation of the original F.A. Reynolds cornets which also had the Underslung design. I am not sure if Reynolds was responsible for that design when he worked for White.
F.A. Reynolds Cornets
Ah that's right... it was Conn that was sued after only a few years of production. I'm very sorry about spreading misinformation!
Interestingly... if you look at the last notes on the very bottom of that CC link, it says (quote):
The original F.A. Reynolds cornets were based on the “underslung” design of the “King” Master Model cornets that Foster Reynolds helped create in the 1920s and ’30s at the H.N. White Company. (end quote)
So it would appear Reynolds was copying himself! Must have taken the patent rights with him or had some understanding there, perhaps?
That's right aspires. Thanks, for I had missed that statement. Good question on the copyright matter. Of course White (King) was making Master models at the same time Reynolds was making his version.