Relacquer or replate?(avoid if your connection is slow)

Discussion in 'Horns' started by bigaggietrumpet, Jan 27, 2005.

  1. bigaggietrumpet

    bigaggietrumpet Mezzo Forte User

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    Ok, so if you read the Overhaul (oops) thread, you'll notice there was a conversation about whether or not my Studio needed to be relacquered or replated. For reasons unknown, I didn't think to post a pic to help. I saved the pics from the eBay auction I bought it from. So, as best as possible, can anyone tell me if I just need to have it relacquered or replated?

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  2. nieuwguyski

    nieuwguyski Forte User

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    There's no plating on it now, so it can't be REplated.
     
  3. bigaggietrumpet

    bigaggietrumpet Mezzo Forte User

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    so I'm guessing the obvious (to those who actually know) answer would be relacquering?
     
  4. trickg

    trickg Utimate User

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    I don't think that it is obvious. I was talking to a friend of mine who does brass work and he seemed to think that for my horn, which is already silver plated but is wearing pretty badly in some places, that replating was the way to go. But also keep in mind that lacquering would entail stripping the remaining plating off, which could be a bit of a pain.

    The real question is what would you prefer? I originally asked him about lacquer because for some reason the ph of the sweat in my hands is murder on silver plating, but lacquer seems to hold up very well.
     
  5. bigaggietrumpet

    bigaggietrumpet Mezzo Forte User

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    I want this horn back in original condition. Unfortunately, I don't have a color picture of what one in original condition looks like. Otherwise this'd be a cinch.

    I have the ph problem myself. I murder silver horns, and I took quite a bit of the lacquer off of my Holton, as well.
     
  6. RichN

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  7. bigaggietrumpet

    bigaggietrumpet Mezzo Forte User

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    Man, thank you!:worthy:

    I must admit, though, I'm kinda surprised. I'd always thought of the horn having the more golden colored lacquer on it. Still a beautiful horn, though.
     
  8. MUSICandCHARACTER

    MUSICandCHARACTER Forte User

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    Oooohh.... nice :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

    I of course, made an avatar of it ;-)

    Jim
     
  9. RichN

    RichN Pianissimo User

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    A pleasure to be of service. If you look at the pictures with filenames starting 'dscn', they seem to have a much darker gold-coloured lacquer but in worse condition. My suspicion is that these are of teh trumpet pre-restoration. Could also be the lighting used in the photo studio - if a blue-ish light was used, I think it would make the trumpet look less 'gold'.

    Rich.
     
  10. dave_59

    dave_59 New Friend

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    nooooo....dont do it. keep it in its current conditon. Theres nothing like a vintage horn with its original finish.
    dave
     

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