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Using Brasso to clean unlaquered saxophone

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I know the whole idea to buy a unlaquered sax is the cool patina look that it eventually gets but the greenish blotches arent' the part I like to keep. So i tried a little Brasso with paper towel and rubbed out some of the main areas on the bell just to see how it would clean. Posting a few pics to show you the difference.

I would like to hear from any others who own unlaquered horns and what the decide to do or not to do with them. this is a CE Winds pro series tenor that plays wonderfully.
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I have done this a couple of times on used horns that were covered in grime. Otherwise, I just let my horns oxidize. There is a German product called "Simichrome", a pinkish past that easily can be purchased in the US. It is very, very gentle on the brass and leaves a fairly rugged film that prevents tarnishing. The only downside to it is that if you don't get everything polished afterwards there will be a bit of whitish residue around the post. IMO, Brasso is way over the top unless you are stripping off lacquer.
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