Olds Super Recording Models
When Olds introduced the Super Recording Model trumpet and
cornet in the late 1930s, they had been making trumpets for
about ten years and trombones for at least ten years before
that.  They had introduced the Super Olds trumpet (from
which the Recording was derived) a few years prior to this and
it had become quite popular.  Olds had been experimenting
with new bell designs and it is possible that the earliest
Recording models utilized one of the early Super trumpet bells,
but in later production they were distinct.  The bell tail was
longer, which placed the valve section more forward.  This was
somewhat like the Selmer Balanced model that Louis
Armstrong had started using exclusively in 1933.  In addition,
the second valve was offset to the left, putting it more easily
under the second finger.  Olds had made trumpets with the
offset second valve previously, but now it was part of a
specific model design.  One of these earlier trumpets is #2931
made about 1936 according to factory records, is in the fifth
photo down to the left.  I sold this trumpet to Arnie Ruskin and
it is now in the National Music Museum.  The Super Recording
trumpet was actually designed for use in the recording studio
and specifically for Harold Mitchell, who at the time, was the
most sought after for this work.  Harold Mitchell's son, Ollie,
still owned that first Olds Recording trumpet at the time of his
death.  Ollie had his own very successful career as a studio
trumpet player.  I have not been able to determine the date that
the first Super Recording trumpets and cornets were made, but
they are not yet offered in the 1939 Olds catalog and I believe
that it was at about that time and may have been available in
small numbers before that date.  Hopefully, more data will
come to light in the future.  The sixth photo down on the left is
Harold Mitchell's first Recording trumpet, serial number 6085
and the next photo down is number 6086.  This now belongs to
Southern California architect and designer, David Rich, who
purchased it from Harold Mitchell in about 1942, when Ollie
Mitchell was serving in the military in Europe.  David was in
high school and taking.  Notice that both trumpets have the
same, odd, mouthpiece receiver.  David told me that it was
installed on his by Dominic Calicchio very early on, to
reinforce the receiver.  I have not experience any weakness in
the receivers of Olds trumpets in these years, making it a
surprising addition.  These two trumpets are both the la
rge
(.462")
bore that was only offered in Super trumpets in the
earliest production.


The Super Recording trumpet shown here was made about
1947 and retains the original case, mouthpiece, lyre, warranty
and inspection cards.  It also has its original lacquer, showing
modest wear from a previous owner who obviously took
excellent care of it.  This is exactly as I received the trumpet,
needing no repairs.  The over all length, not including
mouthpiece, is 19 1/16" (18 7/8" from bell rim to bell curve),
the bell rim diameter is 4 3/4" and the bore measures .460".

The cornet shown was built about 1941.  It has been refinished
but is otherwise in excellent original condition.  The explanation
for its perfect state of preservation that was told to me is that it
was never lacquered originally but given to the case maker
(Lifton) as a model for making the cases for Olds and retained
by them for many years, even after the Recording cornet was
redesigned.  The mouthpiece shown is from the period, but did
not come with this cornet.  The nickel silver "Tone Ring" was
hand engraved on the earlier Super models as apposed to the
stamped lettering on the later instruments.  The length, not
including mouthpiece, is 14 1/4", the bell rim diameter is 4 7/8"
and the bore measures .465".

The last photo to the left is a nickel silver tag that labeled the
prototype or shop model Recording Model cornet valve section
when it was redesigned in 1948.  A portion of that valve
section still exists in my collection, but was unfortunately
mutilated while still in the Olds factory.

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