to refinish or not that is the question...

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by crowmadic, Jun 9, 2007.

  1. crowmadic

    crowmadic Mezzo Piano User

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    I bought a 1964 Conn Victor 22B. It's easy to blow, has good pitch, good valves, and a very nice sound; good harmonics. The seller said it was originally gold/lacqure/brass finish before it was changed to silver by the previous owner. I like a mellow/dark sound and have a hunch that making it a raw brass finish would produce something magnificant. The silver finish is warn around the valve casing. What do my TM family members think of "nipping and tucking" this horn into a raw brass finish? ..............crow
     
  2. screamingmorris

    screamingmorris Mezzo Forte User

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    Perhaps you could find someone who would do you an even trade for a comparable 22B in lacquer?

    In the classified section of various trumpet Web sites post what you have and what you'd like to trade for.

    - morris
     
  3. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    I don't think that removing the silver will significantly darken the tone, but will increase the cost of restoring the horn considerably.
    When buying a new horn, silver is purported to sound more "brilliant" than the laquer horns. I don't want to start anything here, but I think that silver doesn't brighten the tone, laquer dulls it. A raw brass or silverplated horn probably sound very close to one another and silver is easier to keep clean!
    If you are not the "silver" type, the idea of a trade sounds brilliant to me!
     
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  4. crowmadic

    crowmadic Mezzo Piano User

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    The trade idea is great but Christine the Conn Loyalist said she has rarely seen a vintage Conn Victor 22B. I think the silver job that was done on it was mediocre, and there's wear on the valve casing. I'll explore the trade idea...........thanks
     
  5. screamingmorris

    screamingmorris Mezzo Forte User

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    I vividly remember such a trumpet on sale in eBay in the last 3-4 months.
    A Conn circa 1964 which was silverplated circa 1967 by a previous owner, not the present owner who was selling it.
    But when I do a search of completed sales in eBay the ad does not come up.
    Does anybody know why such ads would fail to appear in eBay searches?

    - morris
     
  6. crowmadic

    crowmadic Mezzo Piano User

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    I don't have an answer to your ebay question but I have a feeling it's my horn your referring to. It turned out to be a really nice horn, and I'm curious about why they went from brass to silver finish?
     

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