Reynolds Argenta trumpets/cornets...

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  1. contempora

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    Looking to collect comments and playing impressions about the Reynolds Argenta trumpets and cornets for the Contempora Corner website. If you've played one of these solid nickel-silver gems, I'd be very interested to hear what you thought - thanks!
     
  2. Jeff Stewart

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    I have had a couple of the Argenta trumpets and I think they are very nice. they sound different than anything else although I'm not quite sure how to quantify that in understandable terms. To me the trumpets have a sort of cornetish sound (I haven't tried the cornets so they must really sound mellow). I have heard that the nickle silver darkens the sound and That would seem to be the case with these. I know thats not much but I hope it helps.
     
  3. contempora

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    Anyone happen to see this one that just closed on eBay? Wonder if it'll be relisted... serial number indicates a very early model, probably 1959 - the year the Argenta was introduced.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7377626262

    Note: I have nothing to do with the auction - just interested in a fine looking horn.
     
  4. tom turner

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    Hi,

    The outrageous opening bid, and a lack of photos of the case killed bidding.

    The seller should relist at a low opening bid and put more photos in. Even so, I doubt it would bring more than $250-$350 . . . although it would be interesting to see!

    Sincerely,

    Tom Turner
     
  5. Gilligan

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  6. contempora

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    Actually, the serial number [61753] and engraving pattern on that one point to ~1961 as a date of manufacturer - while I can't see if there's an RMC shield to the right of the engraving or not, I have several Argenta horns noted here with serial numbers just before this one that did have the RMC marking.

    The Argenta line was introduced in 1959, so this one's just a few years in.
     
  7. tom turner

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    I saw that one too, I believe. If it is the same one, it had that funky red trimmed/tanish red case, just like my '61 Argenta cornet has.

    However, I thought all Argentas around that time frame had first valve slide triggers . . . and the third valve slide adjustable hook attached to the LEFT side of the upper leg of the third valve slide.

    I figured that must be a late Argenta possibly with a correct period case. Oh well . . . I guess some Argentas in '61 didn't have a trigger.

    I wonder if that one is a "L" or a "M" bore.

    Sincerely,

    Tom Turner
     
  8. tom turner

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    Dang . . . I had the SAME type PLASTIC, two-toned Harmon Mute back in Jr. High in the mid-60's.

    The buzzzzzz like crazy once some 9th grader like me drops one and cracks it. :roll:

    Tom
     
  9. contempora

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    As far as I know, the Argenta's were only made in large bore, so it should be .462".

    From the start, they were available with or without the first-valve trigger. Model 44 (later TU-29) didn't have the trigger, Model 45 (later TU-26) had it. Check out this page from the 1959 catalog.

    As far as the third valve slide hook goes, don't I see the mounting that it would go into? Maybe they lost the hook along the way...
     
  10. Sol

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    A little known fact about the Argentas, and a question...

    The Cleveland Argentas were all built as large bore horns:.462. Then, this was changed to .468 when the company moved to Abilene. I'd like to know if anybody has tried both versions, and if so, which one did they prefer?
     

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