Surprisingly there are no sea creatures, bugs or rats, living in it.
Also surprisingly, only three stuck pivot screws, no stuck rods. Even the rods to the rollers are free. The rollers themselves, that's another story, they are stuck to the rods. A couple dents, three or four dings, bell brace and octave need to be resoldered. That's about it. Definitely not as bad as it looks.
There's some wear around the pearls so it was played a bit. Somebody enjoyed it before it was laid to rest.
O.K. Finally getting around to overhualling this beauty. I have her apart. Most of the dents are out. The body should be finished by the weeks end. She is getting new springs, corks, felts, and of course, pads. I will be using your standard kidskin pads but have to decide about resos. "in house" my choices are selmer style plastic, coned plastic, or dome metal w/ rivets. I am leaning towards domed metal but could of course could order something more exotic (noyeks?). Any suggestions from Keilwerth players? What came on these horns originally?
Not parting this one out I'm afraid. It's really in decent shape. I think it just sat in a shed in the phillipines for a couple decades. Developed a nice patina and some lovely pitting on the nickel plating, along with a good layer of dirt.
I resoldered the bell to body brace tonight and smoothed a couple more dings. Tomorrow she gets another bath and I start cleaning up the keys in preparation for a repad.
Trying to think of a good name for it. "Rat King" maybe?
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