Spot silver plating

Discussion in 'Trumpet Repair and Modification' started by gordonfurr1, May 20, 2015.

  1. musicalmason

    musicalmason Forte User

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    Spot plating does not last like real plating. It wears off very quickly, especially on contact points. Fwiw, I threw my Caswell kit out, as I found it to be basically worthless. Yes, it can make things look good for a short time, but it does not last. Personally, when I sell horns I prefer to take good pictures of the wear as it is rather than selling something that looks good knowing it will quickly wear off. just my preference...
     
  2. gordonfurr1

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    That is good counsel. Unless I am having the horn entirely redone, I'll just do the same.
    If it lasted as long as a real replating, and looked as good, it'd be a different story.
    Now, on a KEEPER...and if I had the kit, and could take my time and build up a thick layer...and redo when I desired, then THAT would also be a slightly different matter...but on a flipper, the only honest thing to do is show the reality.
    Thanks for the thoughts.
     
  3. musicalmason

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    Cool. Just as a side note, I have also tried building up a thick layer and still not satisfied. I applied it several times a week to my own Bach on a wear spot over a 2 month period, using half a bottle of the solution. With normal playing it still wore off in a matter of a few weeks. I think the problem is more of an adhesion problem more than a thickness one. For decorative items that need to be touched up and then put on display these kits are probably great, just not for things that get handled.
     
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  5. gordonfurr1

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    Yeah, I was figuring I could maybe increase the current...
     
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    Bad thing is...thirty years ago I had a professional setup...exactly the right size tank to dip the whole trumpet in, and all the solutions...but...alas...I sold it to further my racing project ('63 Austin Cooper Mini with 1275 hill-climb engine in it)...I'd like to have BOTH back.
     
  8. Buck with a Bach

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    We all have things we would like to have back,Gordon:roll::lol::oops:
     
  9. gordonfurr1

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    Virulent virility. I'd like to have that back, too.
     
  10. Reedman1

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    I'd love to have the money I spent on a spot-plated King Master back. The horn was beautiful; I paid a lot for it. Now it looks like crap. I think spot-plating is best avoided.
     

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