Reynolds cornet

Discussion in 'Vintage Trumpets / Cornets' started by christineka, Feb 24, 2010.

  1. christineka

    christineka Pianissimo User

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    I happened to look at the local listings. I've heard of Reynolds. It sounds like this might be a decent instrument if in good repair. Do you think it's worth $90? A decent instrument for a student?
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  2. ComeBackKid

    ComeBackKid Fortissimo User

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    Hi christineka - I looked at the listing - noticed it is in Bountiful (I graduated from BHS some *mumble*mumble* years ago). It looks like a nice example although the lighting and position make it difficult to tell if there are any dings on it. The Reynolds Medalist is considered to be equivalent to the Olds Ambassador models which are excellent instruments and certainly good for a student (I started on one). They are plentiful and cornets are not as much in demand as trumpets so they sell for less but if this one has the lacquer intact (mostly) and no dents or abrasions and the valves are tight (most are) and the case is clean, then it is probably worth that amount although if you like to dicker, you could start lower.

    If the student is going to participate in a school band, be sure that the director will approve of this model. When my grandson started school band, I gave him my cornet and he liked it (easier for short arms to hold) but the director wanted the students to have a trumpet with an adjustable 3rd valve so I had to give him a trumpet instead. But, otherwise, they are nice-playing instruments - both to learn on and to play seriously later on.
     

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