Scratch on silver plate

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by alant, Jul 3, 2013.

  1. alant

    alant Pianissimo User

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    Can a scratch be removed from silver plate or is it just best excepting it? it is not a hair line one but doesn't totally go through the plate. Many thanks
     
  2. Mark_Kindy

    Mark_Kindy Mezzo Forte User

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    If it's plate, polishing may remove it (depending on how deep it is) but then you run the risk of polishing off the plate.
     
  3. stumac

    stumac Fortissimo User

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    It may be possible to reduce the scratch by burnishing over it pushing the silver back.

    Regards, Stuart.
     
  4. dBeav

    dBeav Pianissimo User

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    You could always just call it a battle scar and carry it with pride. :D
     
  5. tobylou8

    tobylou8 Utimate User

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    All scratches are hideous, but, it's a sign of affection for the horn. As soon as you fix one, you'll find another (or create one). Let it ride unless you're selling it.
     
  6. gzent

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    Agreed - a good repair tech can burnish the surface to the point where the scratch shouldn't be visible.
     
  7. Comeback

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    Burnishing - I appreciate that stumac and gzent! I suspect that the OP will too.
    Jim
     
  8. gzent

    gzent Fortissimo User

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    I've had 5? silver trumpets and a silver picc. It is a handy skill that is useful to restore your own horns,
    but shouldn't be learned on a "valuable" horn. I think I first heard about burnishing in an old book at the
    library published by Selmer. Practiced on a very old Holton I had.
     

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