Removing Silver Plate

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  1. centerofaTONEment

    centerofaTONEment New Friend

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    I would like to remove the silver plate on my stradivarius to get a different overall look. Would the Vincent Bach engraving remain? Where would be the place to get this done?
     
  2. coolerdave

    coolerdave Utimate User

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    what area do yo ulive?
     
  3. centerofaTONEment

    centerofaTONEment New Friend

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  4. gbdeamer

    gbdeamer Forte User

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    From what I've read removing silver plating from a trumpet is an expensive and labor-intensive process. Not sure how the engraving would survive.

    It might be more cost-effective to sell the silver strad and look for a lacquered one. If you wanted to go all the way to raw brass doing it from a lacquered horn should be easier and cheaper.

    Maybe give someone like Tom Green (Green's buffing) a call to discuss the best options.
     
  5. veery715

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    +1 on sell it and buy one in lacquer. If you like the way your silver plated horn plays, there is absolutlely no guarantee that aspect would survive what you are proposing.

    Sell it and find a good player with the lacquer on its way out, and then just help it along.
     
  6. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    when our playing is dazzling, the audience doesn't look at the horn.....................
     
  7. Peter McNeill

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    ......except for any other trumpet player in the audience, analysing how that sound is happening, catching a glimpse of the set up, and what size shoes you are wearing..:-)
     
  8. Chuck Cox

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    Good point Rowuk ( Uber trompete spieler ).
     
  9. simso

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    Its actually pretty simple to remove the plating, most of the times its less than 0.0005 thou thick, just take it to your local electroplating company and ask to have it dipped, takes about 30 minutes.

    However you will be left with a bare brass trumpet, and all the associated problems that go with owning a bare brass unit
     
  10. Conntribution

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    There is also this consideration. When metal is electrochemically stripped from brass, the brass will of necessity have a satiny finish. Bright and new but satin and matte like nonetheless.
     

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