Circa 1946 Standard (bell-tuning) TromboneBore: .485”-.500” (12.3 mm-12.7 mm)
Bell: 7½” (190.5 mm)
The tuning-in-bell Standard model had a short production run and is
something of a puzzle. I've never seen a catalog photo of one,
and (possibly owing to the complexities of resuming production after
the end of WWII)
Olds seems to have tinkered with the design a bit. Some have round
inner slides, others have duo-octagonal inner slides. Some have
conventional three-piece braces, others
have braces of the same "flared at one end" design seen later
the Studio model, and still others have a curious three-lobed
cross-section that some refer to as "serpentine".
on the minimal serial number data I've been able to gather, the
original TIS Standard model was dropped in the late 1930's (the highest
serial in my index is 8794) and the bell-tuning version appeared
sometime in the very late 1930's or very early 1940's (some examples
are "US" marked, indicating that they were produced under government contract). This
particular horn carries a serial
number in the high 15,000's, dating it to approximately 1946, and has duo-octagonal tubes. Befitting a
professional-grade instrument (one notch below the Super), many of the
trim and wear parts (including the braces, ferrules, cork barrels, and
oversleeves) are nickel silver. The balance of the horn appears to be
yellow brass, with significant darkening to either the lacquer or
underlying brass (the neckpipe shows the actual color of the material).
to the genesis of the bell-tuning Standard? Well, except for
on the bell, this horn is indistinguishable from the
Self-Balancing model. My theory is that Olds had one model (the TIS
Standard) was pretty much obsolete, and another model (the
Self-Balancing) that was still fairly current, but had an awkward name.
By dropping the TIS Standard from the line and giving its name to the
former Self-Balancing, Olds solved both problems.
A 1939 Olds catalog has surfaced (viewable here
on Olds Central) which helps clarify the origin of the bell-tuning
Standard. In the 1939 catalog, there are two
Standard models. The TIS design that began as simple "the Olds
trombone" and was later dubbed the "Standard" is listed as the
"Standard Original" while the Self-Balancing has become the "Standard
Self-Balancing". The two models share a single catalog page - but the
copy clearly states that: 'if not otherwise specified, the
Self-Balancing model will be shipped when the "Standard Grade" trombone
is ordered." Clearly, the venerable TIS design was on its way out.