Knowledge is freedom, and ignorance is slavery - Miles Davis
The difference between a beginner and pro mouthpiece is practice - tobylou8
Nobody has learned how to play the trumpet. It's endless. - Maynard Ferguson
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!
Unfortunately this never happens when you actually want to strip the lacquer.
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The only way to guarantee you preserve your vintage lacquer is to never touch the horn. I know some of you prize it but really it was never meant to be permanent, and if you let go of that idea and play the horn and relacquer it when it starts to look ratty, you're doing what thousands of players have done for decades. And, before you assume that the lacquer you have is original... I have a Buescher factory repair price list, and they say explicitly that any dent work they do requires relacquering. I wouldn't be surprised if other manufacturers and repair shops did that too, back in the day.
Buescher Lightweight 400
Other Buescher horns 1939--1955
Al Cass 1-28 mouthpiece
Humes and Berg mutes
I am amazed at how differently old lacquer behaves. It is like no one used the same product/process twice. I would guess they were always either trying to improve or reduce costs...either way, it is always a crap shoot. My pre-war Getzen needed aircraft stripper to get the lacquer off, boiling water did nothing, other than heat up the horn.
My sousaphone is from the '20s and its almost like the lacquer has turned into armor plating. I tested a small piece to see how it would strip (plenty of missing lacquer already, so one more spot really didn't mean much) and the stuff is very happy where it was.
To Tom's point, you just never know what really happened before you got the horn.
Just add's to the mystery and allure of all these old instruments.
Jupiter 416 Pocket Trumpet
2013 Corneta Traspositor C/Db
'32 Conn 40B Vocabell
'32 Selmer Louis Armstrong Special
'50 Blessing Super Artist
2009 Phaeton Flugelhorn
If you don't know where you are going it doesn't matter how you get there.
I found it in the automotive products section of Wal-Mart. It works very well, but MUST be used in the open air, NOT inside a house as it
Stop acting like someone shot your dog.
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