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    Silver Finish

    Hey everyone! Old trumpet player here but haven't played on a regular basis for a long time, so am looking forward to playing again. So glad I found !

    I have an old (early 1970's) Yamaha YTR-232-S. It's in great shape but the finish is tarnished. Want to make sure I know the best way to polish it, so can someone share the best way to know for sure if there is a lacquer or plate finish?

    Many thanks!

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    Re: Silver Finish

    If it looks like silver and it looks tarnished, then it's probably a silver-plated horn. Hegerty Silver Foam is probably a good choice, it's one of the most gentle and it's not abrasive.


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    Re: Silver Finish

    keep it tarnished, it adds character, and you won't have to worry about getting fingerprints on it or always polishing it --- I am certain it will play just as well tarnished as it will polished. I know that doesn't help, but it is an answer.

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    Re: Silver Finish

    Read this thread: (Cleaning Tarnish off trumpet)

    It describes the best way to remove tarnish without polishing away silver. I recommend using both baking soda and salt in the hot water as it seems to be more effective.
    Last edited by Octiceps; 05-05-2011 at 07:38 PM.
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