• Reynolds "Professional" Model Trumpet 1930s
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    1. May 18, 2017#1

    EfigPiano User
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    Look I got another horn off eBay,
    Vintage F.A. Reynolds "Professional" Model B Trumpet & Case 1930's large bore

    Let's cut to the chase, this ain't no large bore right?
    Anyone else have experience with these low serial Reynolds?

    This one looked good and I saw one thread about the 30s Professional models but I didn't see anything about a "00" stamping on 2nd valve casing.
    Doesn't look like much work on the horn, seller did not see any red rot and there was a decent pop on all slides when I asked the seller to check compression.
    2. May 18, 2017#2

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    I play with a guy who loves them and owns several. His are very bright, even the sterling bell model he owns. Not my cup of tea, but then again I'm not playing them. Oh yeah, should be a .448 or .458 bore.
    3. May 18, 2017#3

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    But hey, It looks nice!
    Could make a good lead horn.
    Nice engraving mmmmmmhm
    4. May 18, 2017#4

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    Those early Reynolds are basically King Liberties with a few design and cosmetic changes.
    5. May 18, 2017#5

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    This might be the information you are looking for:

    Reynolds (Professional, Sterling) Trumpets - Contempora Corner
    6. May 18, 2017#6

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    Well I'm gonna get it on Monday hopefully and let you all know my opinions on it, I coulda sworn Randy Cole had a video demonstrating the silver bell model...
    7. May 19, 2017#7

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    I was tempted myself. Lucky you.
    Acarcido says that they basically King Liberties, but (to me) they are more like Blessings: dual ML bore with micro tuner.
    My personal experience with dual bore trumpet is that, what ever the bore size is, they are very free blowing. This one shouldn't be an exception.
    I own one from 1950, and it's a very well built trumpet that sounds great. It is said that the earlier ones are even better.
    Like I said, lucky you. Congrats.
    8. May 19, 2017#8

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    Pascalouisiana said: ↑
    I was tempted myself. Lucky you.
    Acarcido says that they basically King Liberties, but (to me) they are more like Blessings: dual ML bore with micro tuner.
    My personal experience with dual bore trumpet is that, what ever the bore size is, they are very free blowing. This one shouldn't be an exception.
    I own one from 1950, and it's a very well built trumpet that sounds great. It is said that the earlier ones are even better.
    Like I said, lucky you. Congrats.
    If they play anything like the Blessings that I had, large smooth sound without much overtones than it would be an awesome backup horn for me.
    9. May 22, 2017#9

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    Well, got the horn in ok but still decent condition, horn does not play correctly, there is definitely a leak somewhere, I can't find that leak, I've checked the waterkeys, the valves and joints. The valves are in too good of shape and have too good of compression to have any blow-by. Perhaps there is gunk in the horn that I'm not able to clean yet. I will find out soon enough or have my tech look at it. Some ding/push fix needed but my tech can make them dissiapear, at the loss of just a little lacquer loss. The horn still plays and the notes do come out easily and seems to respond very accurately note by note, can't play down low or up high cause of the leak.

    I'll keep you all updated if anyone is interested, as for now, this seems like a very good playing horn, a Pre-War Renolds low serial nice engraving on bell. Just a little work and it could be a daily player.
    10. May 23, 2017#10

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    Good find Efig! At one point I was looking for a similar vintage Reynolds Professional (before Reynolds "retired" and sold the company) as I had two post sale Professionals that were ok but not fantastic. In your case it seems like the price was right and the horn's going home to Cleveland!

    1. May 23, 2017#11

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    The horn is up for sale, it's a very interesting horn. Very even and open blow. A bit more open then what I'm used to, then again, I play a lot of horns with heavy bells and horns with more resistance. The bell flare is also a bit more wider and open, which I figure would contribute to the horn's very open blow. Tone not too bright, I would actually call it bright and smokey (I know it sounds crazy), compression is decent for a 30s horn, great compression on all 3 valves, pistons do not show much wear. The valves are also very fast, one of the fastest valves on a horn I've ever tried!
    I will be selling this along with my other horns, need to downsize to just 1-3 horns.
    This would make a nice lead, symphony horn.

    Best way to describe it, it is a more open King Liberty 2B trumpet (which are great players) with more fancy engraving, styling and nickel silver slides. Pretty horn.

    Will be up on marketplace shortly and also on eBay.
    Prefer it if you bought it off here.
    3. May 23, 2017#12

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    Hi,
    Did you find the leak or what ever the problem was to make it hard to play?
    4. May 23, 2017#13

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    Pascalouisiana said: ↑
    Hi,
    Did you find the leak or what ever the problem was to make it hard to play?
    Oops, forgot to mention there was no leak, the crap I found inside the horn was shocking. I did a full cleaning, soup and warm water thorough tube scrubbing with brush. I oiled the slides and applied valve oil, waxed the raw brass areas on horn and then to top it off, I used Old English Furniture dark wood polish to rehydrate and polish the old old nitrocellulose lacquer on remaining areas on horn.
    5. May 23, 2017#14

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    How does she look now? Photos?
    6. May 23, 2017#15

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    I'll get then up later, sorry!
    7. May 23, 2017#16

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    The pics are here,

    https://postimg.org/gallery/3hze9pd24/
    Pretty good looking horn, The valves on this one is smooth and fast. Sound is clear and open.

    PM me if interested, if we're close I'll do free shipping.

    375 with your choice of several mouthpieces I don't need anymore.
    I'll have more horns I'm selling off in the marketplace later.