Mars? Color altered interior: Reynolds FEO1 (NiSi)

By: frugalhorn

Jan 23 2013

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Color altered example of a classic problem with a Reynolds horn with a folded flare. Their bell flare metal is not highly annealed and therefore somewhat  brittle and when it becomes bent, it often splits creating tiny cracks. The other side of the bell already has a large patch. So this horn, A 250,000 series Abilene Reynolds NiSi  FEO-1 (chambers model)  is our next example of  a typical horn that the Tubbshornstudio works up for sale. Created for clients that are looking for a good horn for an advanced student,  music education major or re-emergent adult without breaking the bank. When the horn’s done will generally have the following features: The burned or blotchy finish will be removed, creating a ‘raw’ finish that will either require occasional polishing or be allowed to oxidize to a pleasant patina. The green interior will be removed using mild acidic bath. (I can’t afford or have room in my root cellar for an ultrasonic cleaning machine big enough for a horn) I will not get into the discussion of the +’s and -‘s of ultrasonic cleaning now. The valves will be deglazed to remove the green grunge, the bearings, top and bottom will be adjusted. The tuning slides will be cleaned and adjusted for the proper slide tension. This horn will be screw belled using a Jupiter ring-set (which matches the taper of the tail),   and because the 200,000 (up)  range Reynolds horn have a bell brace set above where the ring set will sit.  The horn will be fitted with a Holton Adjustable pinky hook. These two semi custom tweaks are used because they are fairly low cost and allow to hold the price of the horn down. The same two features, using a Alex compatible ring-set and a German adjustable pinky hook, would add about $100.00 to the cost of the horn. If a client wants to go with the higher level components, it’s not a problem and it will be done, but the cost will be added to the price. I’ve played Reynolds horns since 1958 and like them, The valves were probably the best made in America. I’ve been told, Carl Geyer once said that they were the only American valves he would consider using ( I have no idea if he ever used a Reynolds valve cluster., or for that matter ever built a Kruspe design horn) (corrections, welcome)Reynolds FEO-1-2Here is the outside of the color altered flare at the same point. Generally back-lit , the bell will show the tiny cracks.Reynolds FEO-1-11The ring-set will sit below this bell-tail brace. In future blogs we’ll tear this puppy apart, delacquer it, screwbell it  , clean it  internally, adjust the bearings,  Give it a tubbs hi-tech pressure test, and generally ‘work it up’. Every time this process begins you have no idea how the final product will play. The Reynolds horns have a good reputation and I feel they are a best value in a refurbished horn. Follow the next few blogs and we’ll see how it goes.


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