I've stripped a couple that had seen better days and had a couple stripped. I will say without hesitation, if you have a good reputable repair guy that won't really kill ya on price, take it to them! If not, I'd love to recommend mine.... He did a full strip on my 229/25H, took care of some of my pitting on the valve and did a light buff to remove light scratches. All of this cost me a whopping 30 or 35 bucks. A far cry from the 75-100 that most shops charge. I'm sure you are really just looking for the raw brass meats skin oiled look but if you're not, maas polish works amazing and will keep it looking like the horn was lacquered for at least a few weeks between cleanings.