Raw Brass -want it shiny or patina?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by trumpetguy27, Aug 6, 2011.

  1. trumpetguy27

    trumpetguy27 Mezzo Piano User

    May 30, 2008
    Here's my question:

    I'm currently trying to sell my Mt Vernon Bach and my 72 lightweight... both are in raw brass and have a nice patina on them. I like them this way but if you're looking at a horn to buy do you want to see it cleaned up and shiny or should I leave them patina'ed?

    Let me know what ya think!

    Thanks in advance.

  2. rettepnoj

    rettepnoj Fortissimo User

    Feb 22, 2009
    I love the patina...:-)
  3. gbdeamer

    gbdeamer Forte User

    Oct 16, 2008
    I'm not a big fan of raw brass, and even less a fan of raw brass that's very dirty.

    To me that "nice patina" makes it more difficult for me to see dents and dings and other imperfections that would stand out on a shiny horn.

    That said, if the price is right and I wanted the horn I'd likely buy it and clean it myself.

    The last horn I bought came with 2 raw bells, so I cleaned them and sent them out for finishing.
  4. PakWaan

    PakWaan Piano User

    Apr 4, 2010
    Orlando, FL
    Let your buyer decide - they can always remove the patina, but they can't put it back if you polish the horn. My Taylor is in raw brass because I love the patina - if I didn't, I'd have the horn lacquered or gold plated.

    Leave it alone!

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