Reynolds

The Fine Art Of Musical Instrument Manufacturing 

The Reynolds history of excellence in the fine art of musical instrument manufacturing traces its roots back to its founder, Foster A. Reynolds, a leader in the band instrument industry for almost 40 years.

Reynolds started his career with the York Band Instrument Company and then moved to the H. N. White company in Cleveland, Ohio where he became Vice President/General Manager. His foresight was evident from the very start, for as early as the 1920’s he was consulting with physicists about improving the intonation and playing characteristics of instruments.

Mr. Reynolds saw the need for improved quality brass instruments and in 1936 he started a small factory of his own. The name of Reynolds quickly became known for tubas, sousaphones, French Horns, baritones and bass trombones. Reynolds also produced highly competitive small brass for both the school and professional market, and became a major source of instruments for the Armed Forces during World War II.

In 1946 Reynolds retired and sold his company. But the old adage "You can’t keep a good man down" rang true. Shortly after Reynolds retired, M. H. Berlin, founder of Chicago Musical Instrument Co. asked Reynolds to lend his expertise and insight to their instrument manufacturing company. The following year Reynolds was back to work, developing breakthroughs in both instrument design and manufacturing techniques.

Mr. Reynolds’ work and progress came right back to his original company when, in 1964, the Reynolds Company was purchased by Chicago Musical Instrument Co. The Chicago Musical Instrument Company was later purchased by Norlin Music, Inc. and continued as a world leader in musical instrument manufacturing until 1979 when Norlin closed its doors and sold the Reynolds Company to its present owners.

The tradition of excellence in instrument manufacturing, started by Foster A. Reynolds continues to be evident in today’s New Reynolds products - Living up to his commitment; playing up to your expectations.