Distinguished SOTW Member, Forum Contributor 2015-
As soon as you deface it, you reject the prospective buyer pool that seeks the collectible. Once at a new tip opening, what is the chance that you select the “correct” size? What is the “correct“ facing curvature? Who is the best to do the job?All the other pieces I see available have been refaced. Granted, this is a small tip opening, but the long face really makes it project. I guess some could look at this small tip opening and judge it to be unplayable as it sits. But, once you touch it, you can never go back. As such, un-retouched pieces can be seen as more desirable, but generally only when it is originally open to the tip opening you want. So would this piece be more desirable if I have it opened up, or original? As far as I can figure this is an un-retouched early New York Reso Chamber.
Put it up for auction and let the buyer decide whether to deface and how much to pay.