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by Drvlsco
(6 posts)
10 years ago

Best care for silver plated saxophone?

Hello, I have recently purchased a new Alto Yamaha silver plated custom z (have not yet received it). I would like to keep it in top shape for as long as possible. can anybody tell me the best way to keep it from tarnishing? Thanks, Adam

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  1. by writermom
    (2 posts)

    10 years ago

    Re: Best care for silver plated saxophone?

    Congratulations on your new sax! As far as I know, the silverplated Yamahas do not have lacquer on top of the silver. (I'm going to be buying one of the silverplated YAS-62IIs, and the one I've been looking at is not lacquered.) I have been told to use a silver polishing cloth on it.

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    1. by SaxMan
      (559 posts)

      10 years ago

      Re: Best care for silver plated saxophone?

      Im pretty sure that ther 62 has lacquer on it, though i cant be sure.

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      1. by zeroatma
        (2 posts)

        10 years ago

        Re: Best care for silver plated saxophone?

        I e-mailed Yamaha about this, since I have the same model. According to them, it does not have laquer on it

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    2. by max@traxxion.com
      (2 posts)

      10 years ago

      Re: Best care for silver plated saxophone?

      Go to Ebay and do a Search on Vintage Sax Anti Corrosion Kit. I have a product there that will blow you away. 100% money back. Lemme know if you like it.

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      1. by golferguy675
        (600 posts)

        10 years ago

        Re: Best care for silver plated saxophone?

        What ever happened to max? If I remember right, he had a couple 50 some posts arguements with Saxman, and a couple others. Did he get banned?

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        1. by SaxMan
          (559 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: Best care for silver plated saxophone?

          Don't forget his rare mark VI's, he had some rare mark VI's. I think mark talke dot him and told him what and idiot he was.

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      2. by FISHERMAN
        (31 posts)

        10 years ago

        Re: Best care for silver plated saxophone?

        Hello, Drvlsco I am no specialist in this area and we just had a link in the sax repair section concerning silver horn's. From my understanding all of the new model silver horn's have a clear coat protection applied. I have the Yani 9930 sterling soprano and they recommend a regular lacquer polishing cloth only. I try to wipe my horn down after every use and swab it out to remove all excessive moisture. I also purchased thru Saxforte the 3m silver anti-tarnish strips. Have no idea how they work but from every thing I have heard they really help fight oxidation. I would have to guess trying to keep in a climate controlled environment would also be a asset. Following these guidelines my soprano still looks perfect. I am very careful using sax stand also knowing Silver is a very soft metal I place a silk cloth over the stand before I place my horn on it. Hope maybe this helped some I am learning by trial and error and just extremely careful. There is a couple of guy's out here that do this for a living so maybe they can shed a little more light on the subject.

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        1. by sax_maniac
          (984 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: Best care for silver plated saxophone?

          I use the 3M strips, though those can be bought at various places on line and for significantly less than what saxforte is asking. I think it's good to keep the horn clean from dust as much as possible as dust is actually quite abrasive and silver is quite soft. I use a clean damp cotton rag to gently wipe off the dust and other ickies before I go at it with a polishing rag. And be gentle. Keep the horn in the case with those tarnish strips.

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      3. by Drvlsco
        (6 posts)

        10 years ago

        Re: Best care for silver plated saxophone?

        Thanks alot for the advice guys!! I will definately try that! Can't wait till I receive my horn. Take care Adam

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        1. by SaxMan
          (559 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: Best care for silver plated saxophone?

          whatever you do, dont gt it from saxforte, he over charges you by about - 300 fold. And btw, silver doesnt oxidize unless you heat it up really hot, the sulphur in the air is what makes it go. (there are a few others, but sulphur is the main offender.) The strips have some chemical that reacts with the sulphur and absorbs it - I have some hagerties strips - only good on one side, and my sax has looks almost brand new after 2 years, I am sure it would look brand new if I had those strips for the first year.

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          1. by sax_maniac
            (984 posts)

            10 years ago

            Re: Best care for silver plated saxophone?

            "silver doesn't oxidize unless you heat it up really hot"???? Apparently my grandmother stored the heirloom chafing dish in the fireplace.

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            1. by SaxMan
              (559 posts)

              10 years ago

              Re: Best care for silver plated saxophone?

              Im here in honolulu - got acces to a comp Yeah you fucking moron, you have to add heat to make silver oxidize, when silver turns black, its from sulphur, not oxygen.

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            2. by oversaxed
              (4 posts)

              10 years ago

              Re: Best care for silver plated saxophone?

              If this kind of language is going to be tolerated on this forum, I will have to find other things to do with my time.

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          2. by Drvlsco
            (6 posts)

            10 years ago

            Re: Best care for silver plated saxophone?

            Thanks for the advice saxman!!!

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          3. by chiamac
            (586 posts)

            10 years ago

            Re: Best care for silver plated saxophone?

            WTF? go on ebay and buy a clue saxman.

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            1. by golferguy675
              (600 posts)

              10 years ago

              Re: Best care for silver plated saxophone?

              LOL, I'm not sure what that was about, but way to stir up a discussion. I'm sure this one will have 600 posts like every other arguement we start.

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            2. by zeroatma
              (2 posts)

              10 years ago

              Re: Best care for silver plated saxophone?

              I've heard it's sulfur as well, which makes sense since silver oxide looks significantly different from tarnish I have a question: My (silver) YTS62S tenor is starting to tarnish. It took a little while for me to catch it, I thought my lighting was bad, or that it was just reflecting the brass of my old brass student alto next to it. My tenor is starting to show just a little bit of a bronzy hue, and I want to clean it up ASAP and as gently as I can. Any suggestions?

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            3. by golferguy675
              (600 posts)

              10 years ago

              Re: Best care for silver plated saxophone?

              Just go at it with a silver polishing cloth for a couple of hours, and put more thought into where you are storing your intstrument, and i dont really understand how, but those tarnish strip work really well.

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          4. by golferguy675
            (600 posts)

            10 years ago

            Re: Best care for silver plated saxophone?

            I got one of those. They're freakin awesome! Mines unlacquered though.

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            1. by JBO42
              (5 posts)

              10 years ago

              Re: Best care for silver plated saxophone?

              hey golferguy just got a quick question- are u letting your unlacquered horn oxidate or are you trying to keep it in that shiny unlacquered horn look? jw.

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              1. by JBO42
                (5 posts)

                10 years ago

                Re: Best care for silver plated saxophone?

                wow...those posts were from a long time ago - hehehe- my bad!

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                1. by max@traxxion.com
                  (2 posts)

                  10 years ago

                  Re: Best care for silver plated saxophone?

                  Go to eBay and check out "vintage sax anti corrosion kit". I have a "VCI" (vapor, corrosion, inhibitor) kit you can buy cheap that will keep your horn schweet for two years.

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                2. by SaxMan
                  (559 posts)

                  10 years ago

                  Re: Best care for silver plated saxophone?

                  ahhh crap...well...n/m. Just ignore your brass horn and let it get a patina - then your hands won't stink as bad, and it is fuitle to try and keep the brass shiny any ways.

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              2. by golferguy675
                (600 posts)

                10 years ago

                Re: Best care for silver plated saxophone?

                I've let my horn oxidate. -Obviously it's been a while now, and I really am satisfied with the way it looks now. It's got a nice vintage look now. The unlacquered horns resonate much more than any of the lacquered horns, I love it. You still have to polish it from time to time, because the nice vintage patina can tend to want to turn green sometimes.

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