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    Reynolds Contempora - Ohio Band - Roth

    From this site:
    http://contemporacorner.com/serial-n...vQl7D8qkoivqqE

    here are the Reynolds serial number dates:

    Serial No. Date Notes
    1 1936 F.A. Reynolds name first used in commerce in February 1936.
    1800 1938
    3600 1940 Many instruments with SNs 4xxx-21xxx with the “US” bell engraving and/or documented wartime purchase.
    5400 1942
    7200 1944
    9000 1946 F.A. Reynolds Co. becomes a division of Scherl & Roth by mid-1946.
    16000 1948 The Contempora brand was introduced in late 1949 according to U.S. trademark applications; the earliest recorded Contempora instrument is SN 20076 (trumpet).
    23000 1950
    30000 1952 Instruments start to be branded “Made by Roth-Reynolds” instead of “Made by F.A. Reynolds”.
    35000 c.1954
    40000 1956 Reynolds “Hi-Fi” cornet introduced 1955-56 (39243 lowest serial number recorded). Contempora trumpet SN 41902 purchased June 1956.
    45000 1957
    50000 1958 Chambers Model horn delivered Fall 1958; 52xxx lowest serial number recorded.
    55000 1959 Argenta brand introduced 1959; 545xx lowest serial number recorded. “Hi-Fi” trumpet and trombone introduced.
    60000 1961 Most instruments between SN 60000-79000 bear the RMC shield, corresponding to the 1961-1963 period that Richards Music owned Reynolds.
    65000 1962
    70000 1963
    75000 196x
    80000 1964 Serial numbers after 79000 appear to be made in Abilene (see “Reynolds: 1964-1979”) with Cleveland-made parts.
    85000 1964 SN 85459 last known Reynolds serial number with Cleveland-made parts.
    200000 Nov. 1964 Serial numbers for Reynolds instruments were reset in 1964 after the company moved from Cleveland to Abilene, Texas. The new sequence started with 200,000 and was used for all instruments until 1977.
    210000 Nov. 1965
    220000 Oct. 1966
    230000 Jul. 1967
    235000 May 1968
    250000 Nov. 1969
    260000 Apr. 1971 By 1971, all Reynolds instruments are produced in Fullerton and are marked with “Made in USA”.
    270000 Aug. 1972
    280000 Oct. 1973
    290000 Jun. 1974
    300000 Sep. 1975
    310000 Aug. 1976 SN 314587 (Oct. 1977)
    A00001 Oct. 1977 In October 1977, Reynolds and Olds used a joint serial number sequence that started with the letter “A”. Fewer than 50,000 instruments were made before the company ceased operations in July 1979.
    A05000 Dec. 1977 A05266 (Dec. 1977); A06741 (Jan. 1978)
    A10000 Early 1978 A10066 (Jan); A12537 (Feb); A16496 (Apr); A18163 (May).
    A20000 Mid 1978 A20876 (Jun); A24470 (Jul); A24706 (Aug); A28375 (Sep).
    A30000 Late 1978 A31565 (Oct); A34616 (Nov); A37470 (Dec)
    A40000 Early 1979 A40550 (Jan); Production ceased July 1979.
    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
    Euphonium Soloist, U.S. Coast Guard Band, retired
    Adams E3, Denis Wick 4AL (classic)
    Instructor of Euphonium and Tuba
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    And here are the Ohio Band / Roth numbers:

    Serial No. Date Notes
    1 1936 Production estimated at 3750 instruments/year for 1936-52.
    7500 1938
    15000 1940
    22500 1942 SN 22877 first recorded Roth instrument (cornet).
    30000 1944
    37500 1946 Scherl & Roth buys Ohio Band (w/FA Reynolds).
    45000 1948 Roth “Tone Tempered” produced with nickel-silver bell flare; SNs 45xxx-53xxx.
    52500 1950 SN 52811 last recorded “Regent” model horn (with exception of silver clarinet, which was produced well into the 1950s); SN 55696 last recorded “Roth” horn made by Ohio Band; Roth SNs 55xxx-60xxx are branded “Made by F.A. Reynolds”.
    60000 1952 Begin use of “Roth-Reynolds” name. Please note that this serial number sequence applies to the Roth *model line* and NOT to other instruments marked Roth-Reynolds that were made between 1952-1961. See the primary Reynolds serial number table for other Roth-Reynolds instruments.
    70000 Mid-1950s
    80000 1959 SN 79xxx trumpet corresponds to 1959 Roth-Reynolds catalog illustration, not 1958 catalog.
    90000 1960 SN 89695 with October 1959 warranty card. SN 98xxx last known “Roth” brand horn.
    95000 1961 Medalist instruments were manufactured for RMC/Reynolds by EK Blessing (Elkhart, IN). Early Medalist SNs range from 96897-137359. Medalist serial numbers were reset at 200000 and sequenced with the rest of Reynolds’ instruments after the manufacturing moves to Abilene and Fullerton in 1964.
    110000 1962
    125000 1963
    140000 1963-64
    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
    Euphonium Soloist, U.S. Coast Guard Band, retired
    Adams E3, Denis Wick 4AL (classic)
    Instructor of Euphonium and Tuba
    Twitter: davewerden
    Facebook: davewerden
    YouTube: dwerden
    Owner of TubaEuph.com, DWerden.com

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