Trumpet finishes

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Marcel1998, Nov 13, 2012.

  1. Marcel1998

    Marcel1998 New Friend

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    Hi! So lately, I've been kind of sad with how my horn looks. So I figured I'd try to do a new finish or something, and I'd like to give it a brushed finish, but I don't know how! Any suggestions? Also, if there really isn't a good way to do that at home, what would be a good alternative?
    I considered removing lacquer to see it's original shine again, but I would want to lacquer it again and I'm not sure if I'd have to send it into the shop. If anything, I'm trying to avoid sending it to the shop. I'm trying to get my horn as pretty as possible without having to pay a lot.

    To give an example of what I mean by brushed is this

    http://www.zacharymusic.com/Zachary_Music/ZTR1000ABL_16b.JPG

    Of course not as perfect, but still. Also, I'm not sure if it matters but my horn is a Bach beginner trumpet and is nickel plated.

    Thanks! :D
     
  2. gmonady

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    This is one Tom Green did for me, a 60's vintage Olds Ambassador:
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  3. mrsemman

    mrsemman Piano User

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    Marcel,

    The Antique Brushed Lacquer (ABL) that the ZeuS Products have is basically a paint. I have their cornet and fluegelhorn in that finish. While it looks great, the problem is that any dings or chips leave a black mark.

    Gary
     
  4. Marcel1998

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    Ah, I see. Thing is, I recently found a scuff mark on my trumpet that I personally thought looked better, so I was wondering if I could basically just do scuff marks all over the horn. (does that make sense? Sorry if it doesn't. :c)
     
  5. DaTrump

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    With a certain grit sand paper you can, I'll see which
     
  6. jazzmetalrocknroll

    jazzmetalrocknroll Pianissimo User

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    If your still on a begginer instrument, I might suggest upgrading to a step up or even a pro horn. There are plenty of deals on ebay, probably some on craigslist, so look around. You might even find a horn with the finish you want. I know theres an ambassador on austin custom brass thats in raw brass for under $400 that you could just leave raw or get finished the way you want.
     
  7. SteveRicks

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    I second this. don't dump money into a beginner horn. Upgrade.
     
  8. gmonady

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    I know the trumpet is an inert, cold metal object, but my brother and I beat the crud out of that horn. In a sympathic fugue state, I sent it off for a gold beading (pic in post above) to atone for all the tourture I put it through. While I do not disagree with your advice, in my stituation, dumping money into it was a personal matter. If there is a trumpet heaven, I believe in so doing, an angel got their wings.
     

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