Removing Silver Plate

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  1. trumpetsplus

    trumpetsplus Fortissimo User

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    I am reviving this thread to alert members to possible problems in stripping silver plate.

    I recently sent a brand new trumpet to one of the major companies in this field to have the silver stripped. It came back with a couple of thou taken off the nickel silver and half a thou taken off all yellow brass. Meaning that the slides were floppy and the valves leaked. An unplayable horn:evil: I could deal with slides by replacing the tubing, but the excessive play in the valves can only be solved by a valve job and I cannot sell a new trumpet with reworked valves. The company in question will not dialogue on this.

    Since then I have been made aware of others having this same problem.

    My advice:
    DON'T.
     
  2. edfitzvb

    edfitzvb Forte User

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    Thanks for the caveat. Nothing more disheartening than attempting to improve a good horn and ruining it in the process.
     
  3. simso

    simso Pianissimo User

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    How did you measure your before and after

    Steve
     
  4. BustedChops

    BustedChops Mezzo Forte User

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    Try an Olds Ambassador in raw brass from 55 or so...the poor man's Monette, and the valves are better than early Monette horns.
     
  5. tjcombo

    tjcombo Forte User

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    Wow, that's a big call :-)

    My Ambassador must be a dud. It's ok, but ranks at the bottom of the list below.
     
  6. SteveRicks

    SteveRicks Fortissimo User

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    I would also suggest just getting another horn. Shouldn't be a problem selling in silverplate. Selling in raw brass is more of an issue.
     
  7. trumpetsplus

    trumpetsplus Fortissimo User

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    Micrometer and ball gauges.
     
  8. gordonfurr1

    gordonfurr1 Forte User

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    Well...aside from prudence there remains one more option:
    Instead of removing the silver plating by complete immersion in bath, mechanically remove the silver plating where external and exposed...various ways of doing so...fine steel wool, very, very fine glass shot...(being certain to mask and protect areas that you do not want abraided.
    Yes, there will be some unavoidable base loss of the brass, and YES...it will be a matte or brushed finish...and yes...it will affect the nature of the horn somewhat..but there it is...
    And...no...I have not done so. Wouldn't'...on a good instrument.
     
  9. Dviglis

    Dviglis Mezzo Piano User

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    I prefer the old fashioned method. Simply wearing out the silver plate with the pure manliness of your death grip on the valve section.
     
  10. gordonfurr1

    gordonfurr1 Forte User

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    Testosterone.
    The ultimate finish stripper.
    Of course it will burn right through the brass casings and into the pistons.
     

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