My brother in law is considering a refinish of his '56 Connie. He does not know if he should stick with the original lacquered finish, or go with a silver plate and gold trim finish, which would look nearly like the original and perhaps hold up better over the years.
I'm sure their are many purist's out there who will say it's heretical to even consider anything that is not totally original, much like with automobile restorations.
We've seen Connstellations with the custom silver/gold finish that looked awesome...even better than when new, in my opinion.
There are absolutely NO plans to ever sell this trumpet, so resale value to a collector is not a consideration.