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yer, engraving looks crisp, well, the text does,
but the floral patterns do look quite faint.
but i suppose those were done before lacquering, then the text done after?
 

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The brand name is stamped by machine and the engraving is done by hand. All opinions are based only upon the pics presented at face value. Usually a relaquer job doesn't wear the way original laquer does, and are usually two different types of lacquer, but not always. Most noteably the patina of the brass around the brand name where you can see glimpses of copper, some oxidation, etc.. IMO...
 

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I'm split 50/50 ...... lacquer color looks right but I am less confident about the depth of the engraved areas (particularly the wavy sheen on the lower-left-inner area of the bell) and that all-too-clean bow.....
 

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pbob, judging from similar rev-d SML examples on saxpics, there should be some fine hairline engraving on your horn, but I can't see any in the pics you've posted. Also, how much neckstrap wear around the neckring?
 

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This is all I got. I am looking at buying this, but the engraving looks too light for original.
 

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re-laq is my vote

The floral engravings look quite light.

Also the color tone of the horn is light. I would expect to see darker colorization although I am not certain how old the sax is.

Hutmo
 

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Assuming that the color of the photo is accurate, the color doesn't look anything like my Rev D alto. Mine is original and is much darker - dark honey gold color.

Also, are you sure this is a Rev D? Mine has VERY different engraving. It is a 12xxx with rolled tone holes. Further, compared to mine, the floral engraving looks quite light.

I just checked saxpics. The engraving seems to have changed somewhere in the 11xxx range.
 

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Relacquer, but with no serious buffing, would be my guess. It looks like lacquer has puddled in the engraving and smoothed the edges. I've got a Gold Medal with engraving that looks very similar in its condition, and I believe it too is a relacquer, but I would be delighted to be proven wrong!
 
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