Re: taking the lacquer off of brass instruments
ok, I just have to comment - I was done with all these damn forums, but after doing a google search for the bach cello suites, I was directed here, ad saw this.
To strip a horn of lacquer, you have to use lacquer stripper, which is some REALLY nasty stuff - it can dissolve pearls, and in addition, it must be heated to around 115 degrees. Usually, the horn has to be buffed a bit afterwards, but if ANY of the engraving needs to be recut afterwards, that means it was buffed FAR too hard and long. I would suggest sending it to anderson's plating company - they can strip it and plate it for you. I know of no existing place where a good relacquer can be done. The onyl problem with andersons, is that you will be limited to gold, silver or nickel - 3 fabulous choices I think.