Your buyer will want to fall in love with your horn - help him out, it's the appropriate thing to do.
Yes, remove the dents
No, leave it as is
Remove the dents and remove an obstacle for haggling. WHICH/ WHAT horn you selling?
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Don't be afraid to try something different. The Ark was built by an amateur and the Titanic was built by a group of experienced engineers.
By the inch it's a cinch, by the yard, it's hard!
It's easier to remove dents/dings from copper than brass.
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I concur. Removing dents is cheap and many people have the misperception that it is expensive. You can include the sales slip to the new owneer so they have the history and your integrity id established. I sold a Mt Vernon Bach for a profit after simply removing some dents. I desribed everything I had had done in the info on eBay. What peaved me was the new owner tried to flip it for more by telling lies that the horn had never had dents removed. Of course the ruse didn't work and after him listing it numerous times he sold for the same price I sold it to him for which means he lost money. That serves him right. So be honest, and do yourself a favor and honor the horn by treating it right. After all it served you well. It should be respected, by you most of all. Your wife will agree whe the better price comes to fruition.
It's easy to overwork copper when removing a dent. My local guy will give a dent in a copper bell a once-over, but won't do any burnishing to try to make it look pretty. I'm well aware that there are great techs out there who can work miracles -- I'm just describing my local situation.
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I would give the buyer the choice. Get an estimate for the dent removal. Publish it. invoice for it if the service is desired. Sell it for what you want and IF the buyer is finicky, get the rest done.
It is kind of like haggling for a used car - sometimes the seller won't budge on price but will throw in a set of tires at a great deal.
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I hate dents, whether to keep, buy or sell the horn! Remove !
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Keep the dents if it has been autographed on the bell by Doc Severinsen with circles around each dent saying "I did this!", and you have an autographed photo of you with Doc Severinsen, having the time of your lives, and Doc is pointing at one of the dents with a big, embarrassed grin on his face. Otherwise, remove.
Last edited by Brad-K; 01-25-2012 at 02:42 AM. Reason: I mis-spelled 'Severensen.'
....Then again, if you had such a horn dented by Doc, you wouldn't be selling it.
Remove. Dents are ugly.
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