Removing laquer on vintage horn to keep its value ?

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Removing laquer on vintage horn to keep its value ?

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Hello,

Would you think that removing old lacquer on a old and valuable horn will make it lose some of his value, as the original work on the horn is altered?

To keep the value of the horn, Is it better to just let the horn tarnish without thinking of the aspect ?

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Depends on the state of the lacquer, but it's best to let the next person decide what they want to do with the finish if you're worried about the money you'll get.
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The thing about lacquer is that everyone says it doesn't matter, but won't buy a horn without it. Theoretically it doesn't matter but in practice it does. Don't remove the lacquer unless that's what you want and you're keeping it.
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Agree !

But does the aesthetic of a tarnished lacquer from original craft gives more value than a new finish to make it more a "looker" ?
Hope it make sense !!

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hyperbolica wrote: Sat Jun 11, 2022 3:59 pm The thing about lacquer is that everyone says it doesn't matter, but won't buy a horn without it. Theoretically it doesn't matter but in practice it does. Don't remove the lacquer unless that's what you want and you're keeping it.
I noticed it !
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If you'd like some more concrete advice, tell us what kind of horn this is, and attach some pictures of it. I play a couple of unlacquered Kings, but I don't intend to delacquer my basses, for example.
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Terka wrote: Sat Jun 11, 2022 7:29 pm Agree !

But does the aesthetic of a tarnished lacquer from original craft gives more value than a new finish to make it more a "looker" ?
Hope it make sense !!

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Lacquer has to be REALLY bad to make removing it add to the value. Re-finishing, if not done by the person the buyer thinks is best, will not add to the value.

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Thank you Andy!
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As delivered from the Salvation Army thrift store in 2013, the cheap 1958 Conn 6H was not just ugly, neither the hand slide nor tuning slide actually slid.

It was really not much of a decision to finish removing the remaining lacquer.

Somewhat surprisingly, I have not messed with the brass in the nine years since I worked it over with Brasso to begin with. It does not seem to tarnish much at all.

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Something to bear in mind is that not all lacquer is created equal. Some processes are now illegal that were once standard practice. So if you remove, you might not be able to "go back". This applies to King instruments in particular with that orangish stuff from the.. 60/70s(?) for sure. I hate the stuff personally but I have heard of people specifically looking for that vintage lacquer. I typically remove lacquer and leave it off, personally.
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Terka wrote: Sat Jun 11, 2022 2:59 pm Hello,
Would you think that removing old lacquer on a old and valuable horn will make it lose some of his value, as the original work on the horn is altered?
To keep the value of the horn, Is it better to just let the horn tarnish without thinking of the aspect ?
Thanks !!
There are a few trombones that have a special provenance for varied reasons, such as being formerly owned by a famous trombonist. Those horns should be maintained in as close as possible to original condition.
"Old and valuable horn ?" Maybe. Can you post pictures and details about the horn? There are some pretty knowledgeable trombone guys here.
In general, unless you have a very special horn, it will not be devalued by a new lacquer job. Most buyers prefer good lacquer, some prefer no lacquer at all, and almost nobody prefers grungy lacquer.
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Just remember that the increase in value is less than the cost of the lacquer job. You won't be able to recoup your investment. Don't relacquer if you are just planning to sell.
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BGuttman wrote: Thu Jun 23, 2022 1:21 am Just remember that the increase in value is less than the cost of the lacquer job. You won't be able to recoup your investment. Don't relacquer if you are just planning to sell.
Just out of curiosity: how much approximately would a relaquer of a straight horn cost?
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Almost all the cost is in labor so it entirely depends on how long it takes to clean up. The high side would be a few hundred iirc
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Chatname wrote: Thu Jun 23, 2022 2:12 am
BGuttman wrote: Thu Jun 23, 2022 1:21 am Just remember that the increase in value is less than the cost of the lacquer job. You won't be able to recoup your investment. Don't relacquer if you are just planning to sell.
Just out of curiosity: how much approximately would a relaquer of a straight horn cost?
Not much if you do a bad job.

Quite a bit if you have to do a lot of careful restoration and try to preserve engraving.

Having any random repair person strip, buff, and lacquer a vintage horn could make it more appealing; or it could completely decimate the value of the horn.

Buff away the detail on a Stenberg Conn? Value gone.

Strip the lacquer carefully on one without buffing... maybe no change.

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I never want to overhaul a horn because of the effect of buffing. I mean, yeah, it's gonna change the value, but also the sound.
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Sometimes players want the lighter, thinner horns and work or hire labor to sand, buff, polish the brass for brighter sound ... regardless of aesthetics.
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Typically, a lighter bell is accomplished by getting a bell with a thinner gauge. Although Edwards offers a “double buffed” bell that they describe as an in between size. Doing something like that to a Mt Vernon 50 or Elkhart 88 would likely destroy the engraving and whatever characteristics people like about that horn. Would usually be advisable to sell that and get something that is made lighter. Just the bell off of a Mt Vernon 50 alone is probably going to fetch you a good portion of a replacement horn.

Not vintage is a bit of a different calculus but it still might be cheaper/easier to swap for a bell that has the gauge you want.
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