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I want to refinish my neck, and while there are quite a few shops that replate, I can't find any that relaq. Some of the well-known ones have quit, or stopped responding here. Anybody recommend some shops? I'd want it tinted to a vintage finish too.

Oh and don't want any input about the merits of relaq, whether it affects sound or anything to that effect.
 

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Is lacquering really an art form?
In that you need a particular shop to do the work.
I would have thought that any decent auto paint shop could do a good job of such a thing.
 

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andersonsilverplating.com in Elkhart

Their site states they will arrange for lacquer finishing of your instrument. It may be worth contacting them.
 

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This is a great thread, actually...good to know there are still some places which do relacqs.

I have read that Kanstul in LA (makers of very fine trumpets and brass) will also do relacqs of folks' instruments if you ask...very nicely. As in call, don't email.
 

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Is lacquering really an art form?
In that you need a particular shop to do the work.
I would have thought that any decent auto paint shop could do a good job of such a thing.
Are good relacqs these days baked-on, or just sprayed on ?
If the former, would an auto shop have this sorta apparatus ? (serious question, I am clueless so apologies if it is naive).
 

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Are good relacqs these days baked-on, or just sprayed on ?
If the former, would an auto shop have this sorta apparatus ? (serious question, I am clueless so apologies if it is naive).
I know that both Badger State and John Uttech use a lacquer that is "baked on" after it is sprayed. It seems to have become an industry standard for hardness and durability. My local auto body shop has a large "oven" where they "bake" their sprayed finish. I have spoken with the owner about lacquering a saxophone for me, but the right horn hasn't come along.
 

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Are good relacqs these days baked-on, or just sprayed on ?
If the former, would an auto shop have this sorta apparatus ? (serious question, I am clueless so apologies if it is naive).
I believe many are equipped with ovens for a baked on finish, but you may have to get it buffed elsewhere.
 

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I have seen some relacquer jobs by Wichita Band, and they are superb. No heavy buffing very gentle and careful and beautiful lacquer with no runs .
 

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There's another shop here in central Wisconsin that most likely could do it for you. Band Instrument Repair Specialists. If you'd like contact info, shoot me a PM. John Uttech is also the real deal.
 

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Is lacquering really an art form?
In that you need a particular shop to do the work.
I would have thought that any decent auto paint shop could do a good job of such a thing.
Main difference is knowing how and what to buff out. Buffing small scratches to allow the lacquer to stick well, while preserving the depth of engravings/details is pretty hard I think. That and overdoing the amount of lacquer means you get that telltale rounding effect around details and engravings.
 

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Despite all their shortcomings in the department of hiding the fact that they do all sorts things to saxophones and don’t say anything in their selling ads, Borodi Music does some impressive work.

MORE than competent to do a simple neck relacquering

Borodi Music
4180 Greenvale Rd.
Cleveland, OH 44121
ph: (216) 381-1221
fax: (216) 381-1294
[email protected]
 

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I have seen some relacquer jobs by Wichita Band, and they are superb. No heavy buffing very gentle and careful and beautiful lacquer with no runs .
They can do it. Years ago, it was part of their standard overhaul, but they still offer it as an option.


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Steve over at LowKey Music did an amazing job on my 51 zephyr. The guys is amazing at restoring vintage horns. See pic below of finished Zephyr he doesn't overbuff and just plain does great work. Expect to wait a few months but it's worth it.

LINK to Site.

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By the way, thanks for the link and recommendation! Looks like they do amazing work so I'll contact them.

Never knew Borodi did relaqs, thought it was all gaudy silver/gold plating.
 

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they routinely do with their horns look on their site, the quality of work is very good, I only find despicable their practice to marry improperly pieces and to produce horns that have never been that way







 

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or if they buy them for pennies, which is something that may still happen.

I know of people having bought Bundies in the past from pawnshops for $25 or less all of the above horns are cheap and shiny sold on ebay from Borodi.

Look them up here.

https://www.ebay.com/str/Borodi-Instruments
 
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