The answer is Baking Soda!
Use Zeus Trumpet Polish, works nicely, google it.
Bach Stradivarius Model 43 Cerial 591xxx
JW York and Sons Cornet Circa 1917
1960 Olds Special
Before I sold my silver plated Bach I picked up some Silvo (like brasso but for silver) worked amazing! brought the shine right back and so looked brand new, I believe its one of those harsh abrasives but im sure once every year or so would be alright :)
No question is stupid as every question begs an answer.
My question is simple: Is your trumpet one with a shiny finish or matte, brushed or beaded?
Hard to force a shiny finish on matte, brushed or beaded finishes.
I expect you will find a solution with all the good advice given by others.
Remove valves and soak breifly in white vinegar and aluminum foil, rinse and dry thoroughly. Re-lube and re-oil as you re-assemble. Such removes silver blackish oxidation regardless of whether instrument is originally shiny, matte, beaded or brushed.
Tarn-X works chemically, not with abrasive. It works very fast. It's powerful, so you have to read the instructions and be careful with it.
1952 Holton Revelation 48 w/ Stork Studio Master VM, Wick 4
1975 Bach Stradivarius 182 "flugelhorn", Bach 7fl
1930 Holton Llewellyn, Heim 1
1990 Bach Stradivarius 180 with 37 bell, 7 leadpipe, Wick 4
Early 1900s Jaubert Eb peckhorn, cheap Lyle mp
Early '60s Getzen Super Deluxe Tone Balanced Copra Temp
Olds Ambassador cornet in pieces.
I've just tried the salt solution with aluminium foil soak on my silver Yamaha and following a rinse in fresh water the tarnish easily rubs off with a soft cloth.
It looks like new again, well almost.
I'm still never clear on which is better with the aluminum foil method. Baking soda or table salt. Ideas?
Also, an earlier post for valves with aluminum and white vinegar -first I've heard of that one. Anyone have experience -comments? Thanks.
Olds Supers, LA (1953), Ful. (1962)
Olds Recording, LA (1952)
Olds Studio, LA (1953)
Olds Special, Ful. (1964)
Olds Ambassador, LA (1954)
Olds Ambassador, Ful. (1973)
Bach Strads 37-(1967, 1970, 1974, 1982)
Bach Strad 72 MLV (1973), 72* (1982)
Kanstul 1500 (2002), 1502 (2008), 1503 (2002)
Kanstul 1537 (2007)
Kanstul Chicago (2000)
Kanstul 1510 C
King Liberty (1929,1929)
King Liberty 2 (1938, 1944)
King Liberty 2b (1950)
J.H. Darby 45 USA
Holton (Revelation) 1924
Kanstul 1525 Flugelhorn
2010 Bach Stradivarius LR180S37
2005 Yamaha YTR-2335
Alessi-Akright Il Bocchino 3 (main MP)
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