To refinished or not to refinish

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  1. Adrianbyrne

    Adrianbyrne Pianissimo User

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    That is my question:lol:

    But seriously, I have a committee that I am thinking of refinishing, or maybe take it to raw brass, any thoughts?

    Thanks everyone
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  2. tobylou8

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    Deluxe or straight brass? Deluxe WOULD NOT cost more to do because of the nickel parts, BUT, nickel without lacquer is a very dull, ugly grey. If it's straight brass, going raw isn't that big a deal. I am speaking purely from an aesthetic perspective. I prefer lacquer as the next two posts suggest.
     
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  3. SteveRicks

    SteveRicks Fortissimo User

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    If you have the body chemistry that tarnishes brass quickly, then you want to stay away from raw brass. The only horn I ever sold was an Olds Super in raw brass. Great player. Just couldn't stand the green hands and constant need to polish horn.
     
  4. VetPsychWars

    VetPsychWars Fortissimo User

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    Refinish it. The horn looks better and protects the brass from you and the elements.

    Tom
     
  5. acarcido

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    If you do decide to refinish. Make sure you send it to a reputable craftsman that will give that instrument the right touch. So it does cost a pretty penny but the end results are long term protection with its original beauty. Good luck.
     
  6. Adrianbyrne

    Adrianbyrne Pianissimo User

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    It is a deluxe.

     
  7. tobylou8

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    I say refinish it then.
     
  8. gmonady

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    1946 Martin Committee, Refinished by Tom Green. Turn around time, 4 weeks.

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    Total cost: $300.
     
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  9. Kujo20

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    If you're a serious player and you're going to use the horn often, I would refinish it. If you're more of a collector and you're only going to play it now and again....I'd say keep it how it is.

    Kujo
     
  10. patkins

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    Refinish it, but don't expect a turn around time of 4 weeks with Mr. Tom Green. When I inquired about mine it was more like 6 months. If you read the thread regarding Mr. Green, you will find that not many have received the immediate attention as good ole Dr. gmonady. Most even say their horn has been in his possession for over a year. He does excellent work, but excellence sometimes has a long waiting period and a greater expense. What distinguishes Mr. Green is he has a vintage lacquer, but others may not.
     
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