What's your favorite finish?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Kayin, Jun 1, 2010.

  1. SteveRicks

    SteveRicks Fortissimo User

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    24K Gold. I have very acidic sweat and Gold seems to hold up best. Then silver, then lacquer, then raw brass. Actually, I hate raw brass. Hve to play with both a "complete coverage" valve guard and cloth. One touch and the brass turns in 15 minutes.
     
  2. Dale Proctor

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    If the horn has an interesting mix of metals, I like lacquer. If not, silver plate is fine. Sandblast silver or gold finishes are interesting, too. I don't like scratch finishes or raw brass.
     
  3. mike ansberry

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    Scratch gold with bright highlights! My Eclipse MR is beautiful. Everybody notices it.
     
  4. The Dutch Guy

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    I like the kind of black / burned raw brass look.
    besides that: silverplate with golden buttons, caps, inside of bell, ect, and a lot of engraving.
     
  5. andrewoc15

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    Brushed gold. Just a tad expensive.
     
  6. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    My favorite finish is the high concert C as the last note of the Brandenburg Concerto Nr. 2.

    I play it on a picc with a raw red brass bell.
     
  7. A.N.A. Mendez

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    As Ralph used to say to Alice....Har har hardy har har......:-)
     
  8. tedh1951

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    .... touche. :lol:
     
  9. nieuwguyski

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    It really depends on the horn.

    I have three vintage Conn cornets, all in satin (bead blast) silver, with burnished (shiny) slides and engraving, and shiny gold-wash bells (just the inside). On those horns (especially the 48A Vocabell with Pan engraving), I can't imagine a better finish. But I tend to find that same finish gaudy on modern horns.

    I have a late '50s Olds Recording with very little remaining lacquer. It needs some work, but if I ever get it refinished it will have to be in clear lacquer, to show off the tri-color look of yellow brass, nickel silver, and "Re-O-loy" bell and leadpipe. Same thing goes with the Calicchio copper flugel I bought (used), raw. I hated the aesthetics of raw copper, and had it lacquered.

    But the Schilke I recently sold was just right in shiny silver. Except for the fact that I go through silver, so there was brass showing through at several wear points. But the simple elegance of the Schilke design is best, IMO, in silver.
     
  10. BergeronWannabe

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    Always dug the Xeno Shotblast...just wish I could afford one! :cool:
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