Stubborn black deposits on my silver trumpet

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  1. Bflatman

    Bflatman Forte User

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    Hi guys,

    I hope you can advise.

    I have a silver trumpet dating from around 1965, the finish is generally good with hardly any tarnish, but there are several spots of a hard black deposit sitting in various places on the horn.

    They are very hard like cement, and so far i have been unable to shift them, although I havent done much to it for fear of damaging the silver under the spots.

    There are several sitting in the bell rim, so i have applied a silver polish there, and its had no effect, so its not ordinary oxidation, but appears as hard as nails.

    How might I remove these deposits, would the aluminum foil help, I have my doubts on this but I would welcome any suggestions.

    Thanks

    Brian
     
  2. Gunner

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    Been there, done that. Take it to a quality repair shop and have it sonic cleaned.
     
  3. Ed Lee

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    And don't allow any rubber near it in the future!
     
  4. Bflatman

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    Thanks gunner, ill take yr word and do that.

    Thanks Ed for the advice, I never let rubber near my horns, although I never thought rubber would harm a horn. It arrived in this condition, a snip on ebay and it plays nicely.

    Thanks for your swift replies.

    Brian
     
  5. Ed Lee

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    I don't suppose it would happen with pure rubber, but many processed rubbers contain sulphur as is the culprit that stains and builds up on silverplate and is the devil to remove. Whether sonics will or not, I don't know and it may take buffing and replating to totally eradicate. This only adds to the misery of maintenance of silverplate as is one of the reasons I don't now have any horns that are (I sold the old silverplated tuba I had recently). However, I agree with regular polishing with Hagertys or Wrights, the more often, the easier this task is.
     
  6. peanuts56

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    I have used toothpaste to remove stubborn tarnish. I have a silver Yamaha Bobby Shew and it seems to collect lot of tarnish. I saw this technique used on some show on Home and Garden that my wife likes to watch or maybe on This Old House. Anyone else ever tried this?
     
  7. hahkeystah

    hahkeystah Piano User

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    Yup. used it on mouthpieces, slides, valves, whatever, its great. just make sure the kind you use isn't that gritty. i find Glister works best, cause its less abrasive
     
  8. Bflatman

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    Peanuts, you are da man.

    Ive tried the toothpaste thing and it works like a dream, many many thanks.

    Brian
     

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