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    Trumpet repair and refinishing

    Hey all!

    I picked up an Olds Ambassador for a couple hundred bucks, but the thing is...someone put a lot of custom work into it. They put the heavy braces and custom valve caps, etc... Its in raw brass, and it really plays nice. I am looking into getting it refinished in satin silver and gold wash accents, or something along those lines. Do you guys know of any good repair/refinishing shops near Reading, PA? I used to have my horns fixed by my lesson teachers father in high school, but he has long retired. Any leads? Thanks in advance!
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    Re: Trumpet repair and refinishing

    This repair shop is not too far from Reading PA. I just found this page while looking for a repair shop in PA.

    Seacat Music - Local Business - Manheim, PA | Facebook

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    Re: Trumpet repair and refinishing

    Does it need repair, or just refinishing? If just refinishing, Anderson in Elkhart Ind. Does great work. Most of the techs send their plating work to Anderson. You can skip the middle man and deal directly with them.
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    Re: Trumpet repair and refinishing

    Quote Originally Posted by tcalpino View Post
    Hey all!

    I picked up an Olds Ambassador for a couple hundred bucks, but the thing is...someone put a lot of custom work into it. They put the heavy braces and custom valve caps, etc... Its in raw brass, and it really plays nice. I am looking into getting it refinished in satin silver and gold wash accents, or something along those lines. Do you guys know of any good repair/refinishing shops near Reading, PA? I used to have my horns fixed by my lesson teachers father in high school, but he has long retired. Any leads? Thanks in advance!
    If someone has already got it into great playing/looking shape, why go farther? You may change the sound with a refinishing job.
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    Re: Trumpet repair and refinishing

    I concur with graysono, and would add that personal maintenance is about the same with raw brass and silver plate with no further expense forecast for the raw brass while silverplate down the road will require replating again. With due diligence, raw brass can shine like gold. Personally, I'd leave it as is. I do suggest you hold it with a handkerchief ala Louis Armstrong and wipe the outside down with a clean microfiber cloth after every time you play.

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    Re: Trumpet repair and refinishing

    My suggestion is that you regularly play it a year or so before dumping any money into it.
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    Re: Trumpet repair and refinishing

    Quote Originally Posted by graysono View Post
    If someone has already got it into great playing/looking shape, why go farther? You may change the sound with a refinishing job.
    That might be true for most techs, but any of the nationally-known guys? If it's different at all, it's likely better. Of course I might be spoiled being 3 miles from Charlie Melk, who does all of my work.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dale Proctor View Post
    My suggestion is that you regularly play it a year or so before dumping any money into it.
    Wise advise from Mr Dale.

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    Re: Trumpet repair and refinishing

    Just be careful whom you take the horn to.

    There are a lot of close-minded brass techs out there who upon seeing a modified horn will
    tell you that it needs to be restored back to original specs to play "right".

    I have modified a number of Olds Ambassadors for myself and others and know that "restoring" any of them
    would essentially ruin all the improvements I made to the horn.

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