Hello folks, I found this forum through searching about a horn I was given by a friend yesterday. He saved it from being thrown out after his friend's dad passed away, and I'm so glad that he did. He's not a player, but he knew it wasn't trash. Serial number indicates it's from 1936, and it has 40B stamped under the lead pipe. It has a few minor dents and one broken solder, but no big deal really. The Vocabell is very straight, which is nice.
So I played trumpet a long time ago, then switched to low brass (tuba/baritone), and am picking it back up as an adult. I love this horn already, and I've learned just a bit about it.
I gave it a good cleaning with some water and rags last night, oiled the valves and they work fine. Slides all move fine too. Unfortunately the valve springs don't match (middle one is longer/stiffer), but it doesn't matter too much to me yet. I'm hoping you guys can give me some guidance as to how to clean it and possibly remove some of the tarnish, maybe a light polish? I don't know what works with these types of horns.
Once I cleaned off the grime, I started to see some silver coloring, but as you can see from the photos, it's not really there and I can't tell if it's at all salvageable. You can see where it's worn through to the raw brass in the typical grip spots.
Anyway, if this were your horn what would be your plan of attack?
Also, I have no case for it. Any suggestions for at least a gig bag? It came with a Conn 4 mouthpiece in OK shape, and that's it.
Edit: Meant to include a link to an album with more pictures. http://imgur.com/a/Fe9lQ