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Beverly Music Company

1950 Olds Recording

Regular price $1,100.00 USD
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The F.E. Olds company was one of the premier manufacturers of brass instruments in America for most of the 20th century. The "Recording" model was the top-of-the-line trumpet when it was released in 1949, and this particular trumpet is from the first year of production. The Recording model saw several iterations in the early years, and this instrument features the full script engraving of "Olds Recording" instead of the later Olds logo. In addition, it also has the "straight-sides" balusters on the pistons and the tuning trigger connected to the 3rd slide. These small details are only found on first-year Recording cornets, making this an extra-special example. 


The Recording trumpet and cornet were designed with Hollywood studio musicians in mind. During the time period in which these instruments were built, it was common for studio players to spend 8-10 hours in the studio playing for movie soundtracks, tv shows, commercials, and more. As such, the Olds company designed an instrument that would be as ergonomic as possible, not to mention one that musicians wouldn't get tired of looking at! The hallmark of the Olds Recording is the offset 2nd valve. The layout of the pistons is not in a straight line like most trumpet, but has a slight offset, so the hand can lay naturally over the pistons. While it take some getting used to, this piston layout is incredibly comfortable. Being Olds' top-of-the-line instrument, the Recording cornet also received a beautiful engraving on the proprietary "Rey-O-Loy" bell. This cornet plays with a full, rich sound, no doubt enhanced by the nickel trim and high copper content "Rey-O-Loy" alloy.


This cornet is in exceptional condition. The lacquer appears to be original on most of the instrument, and the engraving is crisp. The receiver has been replaced with a modern cornet receiver (Olds had their own cornet shank until 1956), so this instrument is compatible with any modern cornet mouthpiece. The valves are in excellent condition, and the slides are fast and smooth. There is minor lacquer loss around the mouthpiece receiver and some slight wear on one side of the bell, but there is no evidence of major trauma or repair to this instrument.