Thanks so much. I live in the Caribbean and I’ve had the horn for about 6/7 years. I sought advice on cleaning and even preventative measures during the early stages but the effect was minimal if anything at all. I’ve been using it for weekly beachside gigs now for almost 2 and that’s where the rapid deterioration stemmed from.I think what you've got there may be nickel plate rather than silver. You can polish them up with Simichrome, but you'll have to take them all off.
If it were me I'd be trying to figure out what's going on to cause that level of corrosion on a fairly new horn. I've got horns 100 years old that don't have that much corrosion.
Yeah it really is. Been looking for solutions for quite a while now. Many have advised that I just get a new horn but I’d much rather clean this one up. Also, with the venues that I often play the same result is bound to appear on a new horn if I don’t know how to manage it.Wow. Yeah, that looks pretty severe. That is going to require some hand work!
I use Wenol for metal polishing, primarily clarinet keywork. Looks like the same type of goop. Works great.Any type of wax is gonna' offer some protection. Personally I use Autosol....
...which cleans and polishes quite well and leaves a protective residue behind to offer additional protection. Your first step to to clean everything. Second step is to polish (this may happen during the cleaning) and then when your done apply a wax. The Meguiars and or the Renaissance wax mentioned above I would think would be fine. As Saxoclese mentions above - the cleaning and polishing must be done once all the keys have been removed from your now disassembled saxophone. If you ain't comfortable undertaking a disassembly / reassembly find a good technician to do this for you. Its a great shame to see such pitting and if its actually as bad as it appears I reckon it'll take a lot more than elbow grease. IF I were doing beach-side gigs I'd be using a cheap instrument, not a good one.
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