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by cycles
(27 posts)
1 year ago

To Laquer or not

Hi All
Im new to the forum, and would like a bit of advice. I realise that a Vintage horn is generally more accepted with the original Laquer, so if a horn is delacquered is it best to just polish , and leave as bare brass, for resale purposes.
Thanks.
Cycles 

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  1. by Saxquest
    (306 posts)

    1 year ago

    Re: To Laquer or not

    Depends to a large extent on what vintage horn you're talking about. Generally, if its a high dollar horn and its stripped or missing most of its lacquer, we leave it that way. Most professional players what it as close to original as possible, even if that means the horn is ugly. However, if its a mid-grade value horn such as a Buescher or Conn relacquering may help the eventual sale. If your target buyer is a student then it should probably look nice and clean. For example, we had a great old Conn 16M tenor that just looked terrible. A professional would never buy it and a student would never buy such an ugly horn. We had it relacquered (having done a very nice job, I might say) and gave it a full overhaul. Then we were able to sell it for $1200. Without the relacquer, we would have been lucky to sell it for a couple hundred.

    Cheers,
         Mark Overton
         www.saxquest.com

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    1. by cycles
      (27 posts)

      1 year ago

      Re: To Laquer or not

      Thats very helpful. Thanks Mark
      Cycles

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      1. by cycles
        (27 posts)

        1 year ago

        Re: To Laquer or not

        I poss should direct my posts to here, rather than deviate from the original poster on the Conn ID thread. This is the project a Conn NW11 Chu 1928/9 I have decided to leave this one bare brass, and as I spoke about on the previous post, I am trying to find a Vintage Conn, by buying up a few NW11s from ebay, then choosing one and passing the others on for sale. They usually need some work, a lot of cleaning up etc.. this one played very well out the box, in fact it was as good sound wise , in fact has a bit more focus than my YAS855 Custom Yamaha. I do all the donkey work then pass it on to a conn specialist to set it up.

        BTW Its much easier to re-assemble when you have another identical horn to ref. from. I think I would have been in a bit of trouble otherwise.

        Cycles

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        1. by cycles
          (27 posts)

          1 year ago

          Re: To Laquer or not

          PS. The links dont seem to be working, please see in my photos

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