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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-21-2005, 12:09 PM Thread Starter
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Instrument Restoration - Know anyone?

I'm looking to bring a couple of horns back to life for a retirement gift. Anyone know someone, or dealt with someone that might do this type of thing? I don't need museum quality, but I'd like them to be playable, and presentable again.

One horn is a Mellophone (sp?) from the 1940's that looks like it's been through WW2 - because it was.

The other is a much more recent French Horn that will just need a good once over.

If anyone knows the type of craftsperson that might be able to give me a quote - lemme know.

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Good luck. It's quite the artform. I have had places restore saxphones, and the horn never sounded the same. With the exception of replaceing pads, I'd reconsider.

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Yeah... I'm kinda afraid of that.

The French Horn is structurally sound. Just needs some new string, well placed oil, and a shine.

The Mellophone has never looked, or sounded good in my lifetime. Nostalgia aside, I don't see it ever becomming a concert piece - so I'd just like someone to get the pits and dents out, shine it up - and if it will still hold a note - even better.

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Unfortunately, the place that I would recommend, is no longer in business.

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Are you sure you want to restore them, sometimes the value of an item is reduced after restoration. You might some to appraise them first, they should also be able to send you in the right direction to maintain or increase the value of each piece.
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I play the trumpet in HS. If I remember correctly, on the brass colored instruments, the exterior is a plated finish. I remember someone getting some kind of acid bath done that strips off all of the plating, then getting it replated.

It will probably cost close to $300 or more I'd imagine. Dents can also be removed. They can defintely affect the sound. I had several fixed over the years.

Keep in mind... I think a new mellophone goes for over $700. so it still worth it. But like mentioned above...restoration can decrease teh valve. Might be best to simply remove the dents and get it cleaned out complete to at least remove any corrosion. The valves and tuning slides might need to get cleaned up to remove any rust or corrosion.

Do a search for large music shops in the Chicago area. Shold be a place that specialized in historic or antique instruments.
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Patrick,

If you find someplace good let me know. I have a Buffet Clarinet that's over 100 years old I've been thinking about restoring.

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Thanks for the help everyone (and Brian, I'll let you know if/when I find what I'm looking for). As for 'preserving the value', it's more sentimental than anything else at this point.

They've been collecting dust for YEARS. The FH is nothing special - but needs to be functional. The Mellophone is in pretty bad shape as I recall, and will never really get used - so I just need it to look a little nicer for display purposes.

Hmm.... then again, now that I think about it, I could just eBay the both of em and...

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