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, please contact us.

Recent additions:

Olds war-time production (WWII) New information 5-8-24!

This impacts production and serial number estimates from 1938 to 1950!

We plan to add a page for video links in the future, but here is a first entry…

Jonathan Milam has posted a video review of an Olds Super cornet and trumpet, and an Olds Recording cornet and trumpet. (posted 4/25/24)

NEW Chart of Olds trumpet & cornet models by year Updated 7/24/24

UPDATED Super Evolution – a pictorial guide of design changes during the 40+ year production of the Olds Super trumpet, the longest production of any Olds trumpet. time.

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

Serial Numbers and Data

UPDATED 5/8/24 Serial Numbers
Serial number estimates by year from 1929 to 1979 with analysis by year.

UPDATED Olds Register database
A database of owner submitted information for Olds trumpets and cornets. More than 6,400 entries so far!

UPDATED Olds Register form
Submit your Olds Trumpet, Cornet, Flugelhorn and even other brasses into the database!

1920’s and 1930’s
Early Olds Trumpet Brochure
(Circa 1932)

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
1941 Catalog
1947 Olds Catalog
1949 Catalog

Information about different models of Olds trumpets and cornets
NEW Chart of Olds trumpet & cornet models by year
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 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
Other information from the legacy Olds Central website
Links to information about Olds on other websites
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