brass or silver

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by songbook, Jan 30, 2011.

  1. lmf

    lmf Forte User

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    It's not much fun to watch the lacquer fall off lacquered instruments.

    I like silver plate in spite of tarnishing, but I don't mind the upkeep.

    Best wishes,

    Lloyd
     
  2. bumblebee

    bumblebee Fortissimo User

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    This is of interest to me just now -- I have recently bought two lacquered trumpets; a 53 year old Olds Recording and a brand new Destino III. Compared to my 30+ year old student horn the Recording's lacquer is in great condition - it's quite a bit darker in places but hasn't really rubbed off at all.

    The Destino is naturally still in perfect nick and I wipe every time I'm done playing it -- so I wonder if it will hold up as well as the Recording has, or perhaps even better? (or worse...)

    Other than that, I've no particular preference on balance - visually I like the brass look and the wonk part of me likes good hand-proof plating.

    --bumblebee
     
  3. turtlejimmy

    turtlejimmy Utimate User

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    Nickel plating. That's the way to go.:cool:

    Turtle
     
  4. kcmt01

    kcmt01 Mezzo Forte User

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    Those old Galaxies looked pretty good. But they still lacquer over the nickel. I don't know why. I had a Colt Trooper with nickel plate and it looked great without lacquer.
     
  5. entrancing1

    entrancing1 Mezzo Piano User

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    IMHO there is no trumpet more beautiful than a polished raw brass Olds Recording. It should be a crime to plate them. I would post photos but Mendez has better ones than me.
     
  6. turtlejimmy

    turtlejimmy Utimate User

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    A.N.A. has the best photos ... did you see the one of the rabbit with 2 pancakes on his head?

    Turtle
     
  7. turtlejimmy

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    Connstellations! :lol:

    If the nickel was then covered with one of those great Conn lacquers ... whoah! Ought to have a shelf life of at least a thousand years.

    Turtle
     
  8. tobylou8

    tobylou8 Utimate User

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    Get Enough Connstellations together and you have a Galaxy of trumpets! :-)
     

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