Well, since I'm having it cleaned and stuff, I'll just get them to do it while it's there.
I still use what Mr. Schilke recommended- Tarni-Shield
Â*Â*Tarni-Shieldâ„˘ Silver Polish
Does it work good?
Realize that you will have to keep carrying the horn in to get "de tarnished" so I would suggest learning to do it yourelf. Try silver polish if you like. Wal mart. wrights, Hargerty, Flitz, -all fine. As Dale indicates, it isn't like your going to hurt the horn using polish every so often. Live to 200- maybe. Or, try the Baking Soda aluminum chemistry method mentioned by Doc- perfectly safe. Point being, unless you have money to burn, learning to polish the horn yourself is something that is just part of being a trumpet player. Jericho also has a good point at wiping down the horn with a polish cloth after each use. That will greatly extend time between formal polishings.
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
I use the washing soda/aluminum foil in hot water trick to reverse the silver oxidation (sulfation?) on badly tarnished horns. 'Barn finds' that are new to me in other words. After that I use Hagerty's silver polish, both to finish the recovery job, and for annual maintenance. Caveat: I am not a tech, nor a particularly good trumpet player! But my silver horns look good.
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