Re: vintage cleanng and info please help!!!!!
Honestly there's no easy way to clean it. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO USE LIQUID POLISH ON AN ASSEMBLED HORN! You will surely get polish in places it's impossible to access, and there's an excellent chance some of the polish will get onto the steel pivot screws and rods...corrosion and unhappiness will surely result.
The proper method is to remove all the keys. If you dip the body in a silver cleaning solution you'll need to remove all the springs...the solution will react with the steel and corrode the springs. You can hand polish the horn without dipping it, but even that's no easy task. You need to rip 1" strips of very soft cloth, apply the polish to the cloth, and run it back and forth around the posts and under the springs. Be prepared to be stuck by the springs at least 6-8 times before you're done!
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