John, that's gorgeous.......and a ton of work! Thanks for sharing!Any attempt to clean and polish the body with the keys on is next to impossible to do a good job with all the nooks and crannies under the key work, not to mention the springs. These photos show how it is done professionally as part of a vintage sax restoration.
- Once the keys and springs are removed the body is thoroughly washed using soft brushes and warm soapy water.
- Next it is rinsed and dryed using compressed air, it is given a bath in "Empire" silver cleaner and tarnish remover.
- Then it is rinsed and dried and mounted on a holding fixture shaped like a piano leg.
- It is then it sprayed with Haggertys Silver Polish which dries to a pink haze followed by hand ragging with strips of cotton flannel until all of the "pink" is gone.
- The last step is to give it another bath in warm soapy water. Then it is rinsed, and blow dried.
- If it has a gold wash inside the bell, that is polished using a special gold polish cloth.