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I've got a Florida Link tenor piece which is a killing piece, however it lost all its coating already and it is a bare brass now. I've heard that it might be dangerouss to taste bare brass. Is it realy dangerouss ?
Is it rather recomended to replate a Link in silver/gold? Does it affect the playing?
 

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Is it rather recomended to replate a Link in silver/gold? Does it affect the playing?
Replating it will only affect the value (adversely, believe it or not) if it hasn't otherwise been altered. Bare brass can be a problem if you develop an allergy. Lead leaching is a possibility, but probably remote unless you have the piece worked on.
 

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the only bad thing I've noticed about metal pieces that lose their plating is that they tarnish a lot, sometimes so much that it seems to affect the playing a little, but a little "Flitz" polish from ACE hardware will take that right off - just make sure to wash it with soap and water real good before you play it again. Also, you wanna make sure you only use a product like Flitz that has no abrasives in it so it doesn't mess up the playing surfaces, and only a soft cloth like an old rag or part of a t-shirt or a paper towel to polish the piece (not anything with hard abrasives in it like steel wool or something). This will bring the metal to a like new shine.

I've never had a piece re-plated, but the only thing you'd probably want to watch for would be that you'd wanna tell the plater not to buff the mpc before hand as this can damage the playing surfaces and change the facing. You'd probably want to send it to a refacer specialist who also has a plating system (I think Warburton does this, is that Eric Falcon?), that was they have the experience to know how to treat it during the plating process and they can measure it too to make sure the facing doesn't get changed when the plating is added on.

Honestly though if you love the piece I'd probably just lean towards cleaning off the tarnish/oxidation every month or so with some Flitz and a soft cloth. That way you know you're not changing it drastically and you don't have to worry about the piece getting messed up in the plating process or something.
 

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Don't do it. I had a good vintage piece messed up by some one that should have done a good job, according to their reputation. You would probably have to walk around with the mouthpiece in your mouth 24/ 7 for 100 years for it to hurt you. Now if you have a brass allergy you might have to consider another option.
 

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I replated my mouthpiece with nickel and found it seemed to give me a reaction inside my mouth/ throat. I'm not sensitive to nickel usually, but it is know to be a problem.

I would recommend getting it silver plated to seal it. I doubt brass is dangerous but it gets messy.
You need a guy that knows how to look after sax mouthpeices so they don't round corners etc. You don't want sharp corners/ edges when you're plating so getting it done without messing up the facing needs some experience.
 

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I would just play it with brass, I woudn't worry about danger. Plating it is very possible though, gold over nickel or silver will be good. It won't affect the sound.
Not quite true... If the plater buffs the table, side and tip rails, with a buffing wheel or overly enthusiastic hand buffing on those areas, the piece could change quite a bit.

Ask me why I know!
 

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yeah... that's the thing. even buffing by hand with slightly abrasive materials can change the facing station point readings and dull fine lines on the rails, etc... basically, I think the piece needs to be hand-refaced/finished with the plating process in mind so the refacer knows he needs to be really detailed in the finish work so it'll look nice when it's plated after the works is done. or, if it's a vintage piece with no plating, and you don't want it to change from how it plays, maybe just use a non-abrasive metal polish like Flitz from Ace hardware or wherever, give it a shine up with a soft non-abrasive cloth, and send it to Warburton or Anderson plating with specific instructions not to buff it at all before plating.

but really, like mostly everybody says, unless you have an allergy to brass or you're the kind of person who gets a funny taste in their mouthpiece from bare brass, i wouldn't re-plate it for fear of it just playing different than you've gotten used to.
 
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