Re: Relaq - Killer or Thriller.
Right on Johnson! The problem with a lot of relaquer jobs is that they are done incorrectly. I have a company in Burton, MI called The Wind Works relaquer my horns, They've done a couple for me now and I have been very satisfied with both of them. They use a mild citric acid chemical to strip the old laquer. This chemical breaks down the laquer, but not the brass! They use another mild chemical solution to clean the horn once it's stripped. The horn body is then carefully buffed by hand, and then laquered. The horn is then baked in an oven to seal the laquer. This is the same way the horns were laquered at the factory new. The Wind Works uses only top quality laquer, pads and etc. Luke has done some custom work for me as well; such as making a keyguard for my 10M out of nickel rod (Looks just like the original only nickel) and replacing a missing ridge on the bottom of a 6M alto. He often has a few vintage parts laying around too, or knows where to find them. Their phone number is (810)743-5420. If you have a vintage horn that you're looking to have refinished, I would highly recommend them! I hope to have a web page in the next couple weeks with some pictures of my saxes, some tips, and links to other sites about Conn saxes, serial numbers, various models, engravings, etc. I'll post the link as soon as it's done.