Assorted discoveries, facts, & theories relating to trumpets and cornets made by F. E. Olds & Son from 1929 to 1979

We have added some new content and reorganized a few things, but we have also attempted to preserve the information from the original Olds Central website. See About for the history and recent changes to this website. We welcome any comments or suggestions. If you have questions, comments or content you’d like to provide, contact us.

Latest additions:

NEW 1952 Olds Catalog – Introduces the Mendez trumpet!

NEW How to disassemble Valox Valve Guides

NEW Photos taken by Will Connell in the early 1930’s of instruments and technicians used in catalogs and brochures

NEW Chart of Olds trumpet & cornet models by year

UPDATED Serial Numbers

TOPICSCATALOGS
UPDATED Serial Numbers
Serial number date ranges
UPDATED Olds Register database
UPDATED Olds Register form
1920’s and 1930’s
1929 Olds Brochure
1933 CMI Catalog Revised date
1935 Catalog
1937 Catalog Revised date
1939 Catalog
Guarantee Certificates – several examples from different years

Photos – interesting/unusual Olds instruments & photos of interest
1940’s
1941 Catalog
1947 Olds Catalog
1949 Catalog (Revised date again!)
Information about different models of Olds trumpets and cornets
NEW Chart of Olds trumpet & cornet models by year
1950’s
1951 Olds Catalog
1952 Olds Catalog NEW
1957 Olds Brochure
1957 Complete catalog
Technical data
Mouthpiece specs
Leadpipe specs
Custom model trumpet codes
Large Shank cornet mouthpieces
Table of Trumpet Weights
Valox valve guides

Parts diagrams of Olds models from the late 1960’s
1960’s
1960 Olds Price List
1961 Olds Catalog
1962 Olds Catalog (partial)
1962 Full Olds Catalog @ It’s a Bear
1963 Olds Price List
1966 Olds Catalog
1967 Olds Catalog
1967 Olds Price List
1969 Ambassador brochure
Histories about F.E. Olds & Son
Interviews/articles by & about Olds employees
Newspaper articles
Advertisements
Other information from the legacy Olds Central website
Links to information about Olds on other websites
1970’s
1970 Olds Trumpet Brochure
1973 Olds Catalog Link to It’s A Bear
1973 Olds Price List
1973 Reynolds Price List
1974 Olds Price List
1977 Olds Catalog
1978 Olds Price List

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