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I’ve identified four material combinations so far (Models A-D), each with either a brass bell or sterling silver bell. Trumpets from Reynolds’ first decade of operations feature an ornate engraving pattern across the width of the bell flare. Reynolds B♭ Trumpet | Bell: brass bell | Body: brass with nickel-silver upper valve casings (balusters) | Valves: top-loaded, inner-spring, solid nickel-silver valve pistons | Finish: clear lacquer | Other: B♭/A tuning ring F. Reynolds B♭ Trumpet | Body: brass bell, tubing and valve block; nickel-silver leadpipe and upper valve casings (balusters) | Valves: top-loaded, inner-spring, solid nickel-silver valve pistons | Finish: clear lacquer | Other: B♭/A tuning ring After Scherl & Roth took over operations in 1946, it appears that the engraving pattern changed to a vertical block lettering style.

Both brass and sterling silver bells feature significant filigree with the latter adding inlay gold as well. The brass bells were much simpler in style than the sterling silver bells and would not have required as much “finishing” time on the production line. Reynolds B♭ Trumpet | Body: brass bell, tubing and valve block; nickel-silver leadpipe and upper valve casings (balusters) | Valves: top-loaded, inner-spring, solid nickel-silver valve pistons | Finish: clear lacquer F. Reynolds B♭ Trumpet | Body: brass bell, tubing, valve block; nickel-silver leadpipe | Valves: top-loaded, inner-spring, solid nickel-silver valve pistons | Finish: clear lacquer; silverplate optional F. Reynolds B♭ Trumpet | Body: brass bell, valve cluster; nickel-silver leadpipe, upper valve casings (balusters) and outer valve slides | Valves: top-loaded, inner-spring, solid nickel-silver valve pistons | Finish: clear lacquer; silverplate optional Circa 1949, there were minor design changes made to F. Reynolds trumpets: while the overall design and bell engravings remained the same, the updated models can be distinguished by their lower profile valve buttons and flat bottom valve caps.

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Instant valve response with solid nickel silver pistons. Model 51, deluxe, sterling silver bell with hand-burnished gold inlaid engraving, the most distinctive instrument. While the engraving style on this early 1950s trumpet matches other F. Reynolds models, the body materials and design is that of the Emperor model, introduced in 1947.

Built with either brass bell or beautifully finished sterling silver bell. The most glamorous trumpets used by the most discriminating players for over two decades. The one-piece outer valve casings especially stand out and do not match the design used on Reynolds’ original trumpets or subsequent Professional line.

) website Benge serial numbers from 1973 - 1981 (sn before 10,000 is pre-1973) from the Besson factory website Besson serial numbers from the Calicchio factory website Calicchio serial numbers from the Conn factory ( from Lars Kirmser's Music Trader website Schilke serial numbers through 1977 Bach serial numbers through 1994 from Jim Donaldson's Trumpet Gearhead website Martin serial numbers and other interesting info about Martins from Eric W.

Additionally, I would be grateful to anyone who owns a Keilwerth brass instrument not listed to contact me with the name, type and serial number (etc.).

It would be nice to build the list also using other horns than those that are being sold.

Of the different variants listed above, only [D] appears to have been retained, now listed as model nos. Reynolds Professional B♭ Trumpet | Body: brass bell, valve cluster; nickel-silver leadpipe, upper valve casings (balusters) and outer valve slides | Valves: top-loaded, inner-spring, solid nickel-silver valve pistons | Finish: clear lacquer; silverplate optional Reynolds trumpets made c.1952 and later are marked “Made by Roth-Reynolds” instead of “F. Serial number 30000 marks a general introductory point of these changes.

Reynolds continued to offer a sterling silver bell option throughout the 1950s and early ’60s.

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