Thanks, this horn is a killer player, waiting for the right adoptive parent.
I would not take on such a job because it is a ridiculous amount of work that no reasonable fee would make worthwhile. In this case I got the horn at a bargain price and took on the job because I wanted to see how it would play.
-because it is in fact not a relacquer, was never buffed, just an original lac horn that was chem stripped and hand finished.
The Engraving is sharp etc. It is worth more than a relac, and does not suffer any of the adverse possibilities associated with that.
Hah! Yeah I have seen some of those.
Regarding relacquer, it's not "extra credit" I also just don't really like relacquer anyhow. I prefer a bare finish in this case. I never planned to do this job at all. I just bought the horn at a discount and then what was I going to do, let it sit in the garbage?
Any Mark VI (or even better a Super Balanced Action tenor) horn will be very valuable in today’s market but of course if this would have been a less valuable horn the amount of work would have never been worth the effort (unless it was some horn of particular emotional or historical significance).
Relaquering any such horn will reduce its value . Why this is (or whether this has any rationale or rather more probably, not) is the mystery of the trends and fashion.
Why is it that in modern society we produce a perfect jeans and is worth X amout , then we proceed to rip it to pieces and apply a certain badge (of honor or dishonor, whatever you chose it to be) and all of a sudden it is worth X to the nth power.
The last time I saw something like that it was what the girlfriend of an alto player did to his Mark VI, she had been throwing it from the 3rd floor when she chucked all his things out of her flat and her life.
The guy showed me the horn.
He probably deserved it though, he was a real jerk who had me going almost 300 Km all the way to Germany to swap a soprano for a mouthpiece and then said that he didn’t want to swap it because now he needed the cash ... after what had happened.
I left telling him that he deserved the destruction of his saxophone and probably much more than that.
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