Posted by Lew on September 21, 2002 at 22:23:29:
In Reply to: Thompson & Odell E flat posted by Gary on September 21, 2002 at 17:09:58:
Thompson & Odell is listed in the Langwill directory. The business was founded in 1874 as a music store and publishing business. In 1884 they took over the "Quinby Brothers" facilities and began manufacturing brass instruments, mainly using the name 'Standard Band Instrument Co.' Quinby brothers, also Hall & Quinby and Hall, Quinby, & Wright, Co. were one of the better brass instrument makers of their time (1861-1884). E.G. Wright was one of the principals of the Boston Musical Instrument Manufactory before joining Quinby. In 1900 Carl Fischer bought out the music publishing part of the business and in 1909 instrument production was taken over by the Vega Co. Most of their instruments had the Standard Band Instrument Co. name on them, although some were made with the Thompson & Odell label.
Based on this information, your instrument was made sometime between 1884 and 1909. I would venture a guess that Thompson & Odell was used on their top end instruments, but it's only a guess.