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here are the pics of my horn : http://s211.photobucket.com/albums/bb106/bbbouklas/
here is a link to the buffet powell on saxpics:
http://www.saxpics.com/the_gallery/buffet/buffet_powell/

can anyone define if the lacquer on my horn is original??
if it was relaquered wouldn't the solid silver touches be covered with lacquer?
I am not a lacquer "master" so help me..
it seems to have taken the same patina of some of the buffet powells listed in saxpics...
I am going to give it a premium overhaul and I am thinking of delacquering it if it really is relacquered..
thanx, Nikolas :)
 

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That looks original to me, but I could be wrong also. The engraving looks deep and the lacquer color is right.
 

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Jacob: Funny, I was thinking the exact opposite, based on the color. Otherwise, I couldn't tell, but it is not my area of expertise (as if anything is). DAVE
 

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You could very well be right Dave! I suppose we need expert relacquer spotter Jason Dumars in here.
 

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It looks like a relacquer to me, based on the engraving. Some of it looks a bit smudged to me, and it is filled in with lacquer.

Then again, I have never seen one of these horns in person.
 

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If it is a relacquer (and I think it probably is), what are your reasons for wanting to strip it off? It appears to have been done well, and were I in the market for this model, I would buy this one before I would buy a bare brass one.
 

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thanx guys...
@Fred: I am "thining" about delacquering it.. you have a good point there, at least it is well done (if it is realacquered)

the fact that the engraving is filled with lacquer might just mean that they first engraved it and then lacquered it in the feactory.. I don't know...
the engraving has the same depth all over (other than the buffet stamp) and doesn't look smudged to me ..it might be because of the angle on some of the photos..
what about the silver touches that are still not lacquered??
 

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I think that is a matter of personal taste. As of yet, the people who prefer bare brass over a relacquer are a minority, so if you are planning on reselling it, I would keep the lacquer on. If you are planning on keeping it, do whatever floats your boat.
 

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I vote relacquered, but so what. Folks who dismiss a horn because it's been relacquered are missing out on a lot of fine playing horns and after all isn't that the most important thing?
 

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I'm no expert either, but I'd say relacquer (easy to say now that some experts have chimed in). As to removing the lacquer, you can't "undo" the damage, if any, of a relac by removing the lacquer. The problem with a relac, if not done properly, has to do with buffing, not the application of lacquer. At least that's my understanding. If the horn plays and sounds good, I wouldn't mess with it. The lacquer does provide some protection for the brass.
 

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If looks are a THE deciding factor, don't waste money on a sax, get one of those SSO from ebay.

I'd leave it alone and play it. The laq is there and protecting the horn why waste the $$ having it removed.
 

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I tend to look at the $$ side of my decisions, so that puts me a bit less artistic than many of the better players on this board. In my opinion, it will cost you additional dollars to delacquer the sax and the end result will be a sax that is worth fewer dollars to most buyers. That, to me, is a bad deal.
 

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If I was to delacquer it I would do it on my own...so no $$ involved..
2nd I would do it because I like the looks..
In my opinion the sax is not a bad relacquer and I don't think that it would play any better initially..

3rd What about the silver touches, they are not lacquered..why?? if the horn was indeed relacquered then I don't think that the tech who did it would take his time NOT to lacquer the silver key touches with such percision...(?????)

thank you for helping me decide!! :):)
 
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