I did my gold-plating from Horn improvement, and they did a great job. of course, dont forget that if you do a gold-plating, you'd have to ahve the horn overhauled which means goldplating 1.2 grand?? and the overhaul 600-800 bucks for a really really good one.. think about that.. 2 thousand dollars for it. Is it worth it for you? I thoguht my horn played great and the sound got much richer and everyone who played it loved it ( it was a VI) you can find hornimprovemt info by searching it online!
I agree, take it to HornImprovement or some other great shop. There are a lot of decisions that need to be made along the way before and after the horn goes to the plater. You want someone smart and experienced making those decisions.
The worst thing is when a horn gets plated or lacquered without the proper prep work. Sometimes it ruins a horn for a good. At least it makes future repairs a real headache, forcing the repairer to choose between a cosmetics and mechanics. It's always best to have the Mechanics perfected before the cosmetics!
Most guys are using Anderson for their plating. No matter where you take it, Anderson will likely do the work. The question is who will do the prep.
The horn is actually unlacquered. It came originally bare brass. Its in great shape. I like the way its setup.
Does anyone have any pictures or know of a link with some pics of a rose gold plated horn, and not those cheap Asian ones. I have a rose gold ring that has a beautiful hue. I think a horn would look great with it.
I've never heard of or seen a "rose-gold plated" instrument, but I'm not a plater or metallurgist.
In the brass instrument world, "rose" or "red" brass merely is a brass alloy which has a much higher copper content than typical yellow brass. It's copper content will determine how "red/pink" it looks compared to typical raw brass or gold plating. There is also the option of having it copper plated, which is a pre-requisite for silver plating.
If you have a "rose-gold" ring, it is not plating but the entire ring content is higher in copper, which give it that red/pink appearance. It is nice though I'll admit. Here is another link to a high copper-content alloy saxophone; http://www.lasaxophones.com/saxgourmet.htm
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