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  1. Advice on Buying or Selling a Saxophone
    Dear users, What are the potential dangers with buying a horn with little orignal lacquer left?
  2. Sax Body and Finish
    Hello. I have one question. Does it make sense or is it even possible to put lacquer over the patina? In case I have an unlacquered sax and want it to be dark lacquer (rather very dark brown/dark grey than black). I like silver plated saxes but it is a bit of headache from what I know thus I...
  3. Sax Body and Finish
    I purchased a saxophone that someone sprayed a sparkle glitter lacquer over its existing lacquer. It almost comes off by scraping it with your nail. I'm planning on taking apart the saxophone and removing the glitter lacquer. What is the best way to remove it and possibly keep the lacquer...
  4. Miscellaneous
    Does anyone recognize this finish? Is this a lacquer that has aged in an unusual way? Or has it been heated or something? https://www.vangorp.nl/en/baritone-saxophone/Martin-Martin-Committee-Goudlak-135519.html
  5. Bb Tenor
    I'm searching for a white lacquer tenor. I know there's a Selmer SA80 Series II, and a Cannonball that has been discontinued, that were made in white, but in general it seems to be a very rare color. Is that because the number of coats makes the horn super dark? Is there anything else I...
  6. Sax Body and Finish
    I live in a very small studio apartment, and I live in a humid area as well. Between the salty humidity of the coastal air and my breath, my awesome Buescher TH&C is developing a coat of rust a little at a time. I always wipe it down and swab it out. I have tried adding desiccants to the case...
  7. Selmer (Paris)
    I'm about to purchase a Mark VII alto serial number 232,XXX and am wondering if anyone has come across the following finish. The body is gold lacquer however the keys are all silver including the octave key on the neck. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
  8. Buescher
    After many different horns over the years, from Mark VIs to 6Ms, I find myself without an alto again. After many good experiences with trying out Buescher horns and having used to play a late 400 bari and a TT tenor way back when, I have decided to pick up a series I 'crat alto. I found a decent...
  9. Sax Body and Finish
    Hello all! I'm going on vacation to the beach next month, and long story short I'm planning on playing my sax around the area. Will it suffer from lacquer degeneration or pad issues from the salt water and air? I would only bring my secondary sax, a Cannonball Student model, but I still need it...
  10. Sax Body and Finish
    Hi, i have a few questions for some people that have better knowledge of this kind of thing. I have a martin tenor saxophone. 1950's. It has a dull silver finish on the outside but the keys seem to be lacquered silver. The inside of the bell however is gold. I do not know if this was possibly...
  11. Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification
    Recently bought an 'Elk Hart' Buescher for a very decent price. It was described as "There is some tarnish and oxidation." Well it was not tarnish, nor oxidation.....the horn is either painted or has sort of home applied lacquer. I could have returned the horn, but the action feels really good...
  12. Conn
    I have a Conn Alto Sax, Serial #H08XXX trying to see exactly what model it is. it has Conn USA on the bell with "Shooting Stars" above it. Someone guessed it was made in the mid 60's and said the metal is good, no dings or dents. From hearing that, i would like to put some money in it by...
  13. Sax Body and Finish
    The debate has raged on and on here on the SOTW forums - how will the lack or "lack of" lacquer (sorry, just couldn't resist the alliteration!) affect one's own tone, response, and sound? I am sure, from reading the threads, there has been at least a package of reeds kidnapped or snapped in half...
  14. Sax Body and Finish
    Hey everyone, I recently started noticing that the lacquer was getting kind of cloudy in some areas, specifically on the brass plated parts. I'm not sure how else to describe this, but I will attach a picture. It's not a big deal, but I really would be interested in the reason why this is...
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  16. What to Buy & Why: Saxophones
    I would first like to say that after a few months of using this website I finally decided to make an account :) I personally think there are a great amount of knowledgable people on here, and would like to thank you for the time. I feel it is important to mention that I am currently in...
  17. Miscellaneous
    Okay, everyone in my sax section at my school always says don't get a black lacquered saxophone. Other than you can't march with it, I don't see whats wrong with them. I've been wondering why they hate them so much. Can anyone tell me the difference other than color? Thanks
  18. Sax Body and Finish
    Hi, I have a copper saxophone and I have noticed that it scratches easier than a brass one I have. It is less than 6 months old and there are scratches where I don't even touch it and the case does not seem to be the problem either. It is like new and the scratches really frustrate me.:evil: So...
  19. Sax Body and Finish
    Considering getting some engraving done. Does aftermarket engraving create any issues with the finish? The lacquer is obviously compromised. How is it handled so no corrosion issues are created?
  20. Selmer (Paris)
    I'd appreciate some input on how Selmers were manufactured, expecially MkVI period. People often look to the lettering to see if any buffing is present and if so the horn is declared relacquered. I've hear that Selmer horns sometimes have a lot more engraving and the explaination was that...
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