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by markVIquestion
(1 post)
10 years ago

difference silverplated - goldlaquer mark VI

hey folks! what are the differences of a silverplated and a goldlaquer mark VI in general? I read a lot, but never got clear answers! Thanks!! Michael

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  1. by sax_maniac
    (984 posts)

    10 years ago

    Re: difference silverplated - goldlaquer mark VI

    The color (and maybe the price/value). Logic tells us that as gold is more dense - that it would produce a warmer sound than a silver plated horn (it really has to do with the additional mass on the outer layer - not so much the chemical composition when comparing metallics), but what really matters is thickness (weight) of the layer applied, the size of the horn (a more pronounced difference on bari than alto, for example). Mouthpiece selection will far override the character of the sound compared to what body finish or resonator is on the horn. Basically, get what you think looks nice if you are faced with the decision.

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    1. by johnsonfromwisconsin
      (767 posts)

      10 years ago

      Re: difference silverplated - goldlaquer mark VI

      Silver plate typically adds value to any horn over the more usual types of lacquer (if you assume both are in similar condition). Does it effect the sound? I'm really not sure. It's hard to say when you sometimes find that horns similar by model, date of manufacture, and finish play and sound a little differently.

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