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...yeah. Not the way to do it. Mine looked like a brand new horn when I delacquered it.
 

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Why is cruelty against saxophones not a criminal offense?
 

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I wish that seller a lot of luck getting that money for an unoriginal finish, VI or not.
 

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*gag* to a Mark VI, no less. I love how it's advertised as if it was found untouched in the Selmer factory--UNLACQUERED! Woohoo!
 

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People seem to like saxes that look ugly. That's fashion for ya!
Not atypical of vintage collectors. It's the same with antique firearms too, ugly is much more okay if time and normal wear made it that way.
 

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I get involved in woodworking projects from time to time. The toughest choice to make is whether or not to paint the wood or stain it, oil it. There is something about the natural finish of an raw material that is evocative, alluring, intriguing, attractive. Brass isn't any different in that regard.

Exquisitely finished or unfinished -- each has its virtues.
 

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I don't think we're talking about a "finish" here. It looks like we're talking about somebody taking a piece of steel wool to an assembled horn and scratching it up to simulate a vintage finish. A really bad idea.
 

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I don't think we're talking about a "finish" here. It looks like we're talking about somebody taking a piece of steel wool to an assembled horn and scratching it up to simulate a vintage finish. A really bad idea.
Yes, in that particular case it was poorly done.
 

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Looks ok to me.Looks like most other new delacquered horns starting to tarnish.I cant see excessive steel wool marks.I have used 0000 grade fine steel on a number of horns i have delacquered.
 

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What it's going to need is a proper buff job from someone that knows what they are doing and then a relacquer! As far as destroying the orignal sound, that was done when it was stripped with a "brillo pad!" If the buff job is done right, it will cover a multitude of sins...
 

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ok, so what is usually used to delaquer a horn anyway? Just curious.

And when you do it, do you need to buff it, or is it pretty even in finish at that time?
 
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