11-21-2010 05:31 PM
I'm thinking about having my OLDS recording refurbished. I've had this horn since 1962 or 63 and it plays wonderfully. I thought I could do better with a Bach Strad model 180S37 but I've found it's not as good and does not play as well in my hands.
Can anyone help me decide whether to leave my Olds recording alone, (it plays well) or have it dedone, dings removed and refinished? It was originally done in lacquer. It was redone in the 1964 after a drunk busted it up at a fireman's ball I was playing at. This would be the second refinishing.
I'm thinking about having it silver plated. I've heard that refinishing a horn will deter from it's sound. Is this true? Can anyone give me some advice? Can someone who is good at repairing and restoring make it even better?