|| Story of
Olds brass instruments really begins in 1908 in California,
with a trombone and a trombonist.
F. E. Olds
had long been interested in trying to improve his favorite
instrument. He felt the slide and the bell could be improved
immeasurably. With that improvement would come greater
flexibility and better response - a new richness and tonal
quality. So, in his home workshop, he began the careful and
tedious hand work that soon began turning out the finest
trombones the world had ever seen - instruments that
attracted world wide attention and established him as the
superior trombone craftsman of his day.
Olds company specialized only in trombones until the
founder's son, R. B. Olds, joined his father. The younger
Olds knew his father's genius should not be restricted to a
single instrument, so soon thereafter, valve instruments
bearing the illustrious Olds signature began to appear in
the hands of the most famous artists of the day. As these
artists began returning from California playing their
remarkably superior instruments, the name Olds began to
spread. And with fame came growth.
present day, the Olds company has continued pioneering and
refining the entire range of band instruments, from which
every player has benefited. Olds was first to draw its own
slide tubing...first to use an exceptionally strong, light,
two-piece patented brace...first to use nickel silver tubing
for slides...first to use a fluted slide to reduce friction.
Famous Olds firsts include free bracing, widely copied in
Europe and America, and professional-type valve springing on
student trumpets and cornets.
instruments are produced in the most modern manufacturing
and research facilities. Every instrument is subjected to
the most minute quality control inspection - to make sure
that each is fully responsive to every musical requirement
and fully worthy of the Olds signature.
remembers F. E. Olds as the Number 1 craftsman of quality
band instruments in America. And now, after years of intense
research and development, the exciting new Olds band
instruments emerge engineered to meet today's evermore
challenging performance needs. These new Olds instruments
possess superb playing ease as well as an extraordinary
built-in sturdiness to withstand the most rugged use.
best better is the F. E. Olds tradition. That is why
research is continuous - research that is constantly seeking
better ways to make better instruments.