Gold wash bell - Will it last?

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  1. Dale Proctor

    Dale Proctor Utimate User

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    Gold wash is just a very thin layer of gold plating. Plated over silver or silver plating, it has a lighter gold color to it than normal instrument-thickness gold plating...sort of like a gold-tinted silver finish.
     
  2. tobylou8

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    I own a Vega (Chase George) with a gold wash bell and it's in fine shape and it date's to the teens! The silver plating really "appears" thick so maybe the gold is too.
     
  3. Trumpet Dreamer

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    The gold plate would be .0002" thick. Gold is the softest material known to man. A mute would most definitely scratch it up in a hurry.
    John - Anderson Silver Plating

    This is the reply sent to me by ASP.
     
  4. tobylou8

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    A singer's head isn't softer? ROFL
     
  5. kcmt01

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    The gold wash in the Holton 48 (1952) is still in great shape, but the gold in the Llewellyn (1930) is fading. The 48 was only used a few years, then stuffed in an attic for half a century. I doubt if using a mute would really wear it much, as long as you're careful. But if you polish it every day it won't last long.
     
  6. Dale Proctor

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    Here's all the gold wash that's left on my 1870's Lehnert, so manufacturers started doing it a long time ago. Someone polished most of it off before I became the owner, but you can see the remnant down inside the bell. If I thought I would get the cornet back, I would send it off to have it redone, but I'm afraid it would get "lost" somewhere along the way...:roll:

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  7. nieuwguyski

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    My early '20s Conn 80A certainly appears to have been played a lot -- I had the valves rebuilt years ago, and the guys at the Brass Bow plugged all the leaks they could...

    But the gold wash inside the bell still looks good.
     
  8. optiguytom

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    I have owned a several '20s and '30s cornets with gold wash bell and see no wear or marks from cork mutes. Not to say it doesn't happen...just my observation. Maybe they did it better in the olden days!
     
  9. hahkeystah

    hahkeystah Piano User

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    i thought clouds and brand new socks were softer....
     
  10. jbkirby

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    Gold wash is simply a thin gold plate, applied in the identical method as plating, just kept in the solution for a shorter length of time. Less gold used means a different look and less cost as well.
     

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