Olds Trumpet Mouthpieces
I'm usually careful to avoid saying too much about
mouthpieces other than identifying style, age and maker where
possible.  Most importantly, I try to identify mouthpieces that
most likely came with the instrument in question when new.  
My years in this business, including making some mouthpieces,
have taught me that mouthpieces are a speciality beyond my
expertise.  That said, I wanted to share some of the early
mouthpieces from F.E. Olds & Son that I have acquired. This
is by no means a comprehensive representation, but shows
changing styles and a few custom ordered examples. Most of
these came to me randomly in boxes of mouthpieces or in
instrument cases where they didn't originate.  Just a few came
to me with the instrument for which it was originally supplied.  
A related collection is comprised of tools and a few
mouthpieces that I purchased from Richard Plimpton, the son
of Roe Plimpton.  Roe Plimpton was a highly regarded
professional trombone player and made custom mouthpieces
for Olds from about 1930 until just before his death in 1963.  I
know that some of the tools were removed from the tool box
before I acquired it, but it is still a good representation of what
he used over the decades.

The first photo shows three trumpet mouthpieces made before
about 1935 but not likely before the introduction of the Olds
trumpets in 1928.  These are stamped: “Olds 27”, “Olds” and
“Olds OS”.  The circa 1934 catalog shows both the funnel
shape and bowl shapes made concurrently for different
models.  The middle example has an ivory rim and cup, which
Olds had offered in trombone mouthpieces from at least 1925,
although none of the known catalogs show this option for
trumpet.  The second photo shows the new design that was
introduced about the same time as the Super Olds trombones,
about 1935, and used for all Olds production mouthpieces until
the 1970s and are shown here in approximately chronological
order.  The mouthpiece on the far right is the one that was
originally supplied with my 1948 Super Recording model
trumpet.  The third photo shows two special order trumpet
mouthpieces that I have identified as having been made by Roe
Plimpton, using the blank cutter shown and the earlier using
the letter stamps on the left.  The "Olds" logo stamped on the
mouthpiece on the far right was introduced in the mid-1950s
and shows that Mr. Plimpton was still using this cutter on
custom mouthpieces that late.

The fourth photo shows a small sampling of Roe Plimpton's
tools.  The three cutters in the upper left are all used in the tool
holder seen in the lower left.  There are about 60 of these in
his tool box, mostly labeled as copies of other maker's
mouthpieces and including trumpet, cornet, French horn, alto,
trombone and tuba.  The top middle cutter came from a
different source and is the sort of tool that Olds used for
cutting the cups in the 1970s.  The nickel plate below that is a
template used when hand cutting the rim shape.  He had
dozens of these in his tool box, each showing four to eight rim
profiles and he obviously put great importance on the precise
rim shape.  The second and third tools from the right are
backbore cutting tools of which there are several dozen in the
collection, although most are duplicates made in the Olds
toolroom.  On the far right is a tool used for measuring the
diameter of the cup.  My understanding is that Roe Plimpton
collaborated with the patent holder of this tool.

The last photo shows an array of Mendez model mouthpieces.  
Starting early in 1952 or before, Roe Plimpton worked with
Raphael Mendez to develop these models.  The first two are
among the earliest and were probably made before the
introduction of the Mendez model trumpet in 1952.  They
have no model number and the cornet has the Olds large
shank.  The third is stamped: "Mendez 2" indicating a shallow
cup, the fourth: "Mendez 0" is another large shank cornet, the
fifth: "Mendez 1" indicating a regular cup.  The last is stamped:
"Mendez Mendez" and is a prototype that was never finished.
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