Re: Should Relaquering A Horn Deprciate The Value So Much Nowadays?
I think that it all depends on the quality of the re-lacquer. I've seen some horns that looked pretty awful, and others that you probably wouldn't know it had been re-lacquered unless someone told you.
My 1948 Conn 10M was re-lacquered twice. The first time in 1962 at the Conn factory. I know this, because my father purchased this sax in 1963 and the receipt was in the case. He said that the horn looked like new when he got it. By 2002, it was looking pretty rough again, and I took it to the Wind Works, in Burton, MI. They used a citrus chemical solution to strip the lacquer. The horn was hand-polished , the new lacquer applied and baked on. The finish looks great. The engraving is still clear, but not as bold as it was originally.
Most horns of the 40's, 50's and 60's that are for sale today have been re-lacquered at one time or another. From my experience, pretty horns seem to sell faster; rather they are original lacquer or not.