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« on: Mar 17, 2006, 04:13PM »

I finally got the Silver Conn from The Hornguys! YAY! Grin

Only problem is, there was a rubber bumber down by the slide/bell lock that is presumeably there to help protect the horn during shipping. I'm sure Conn put it on there before shipping it to the Hornguys. Anyway, when I removed the bumber, it was black with tarnish underneath.

What's the best way to clean that off and also what's good for general maintenance of cleaning the plating as time goes on? I'm sure things have changed since I last had a silver horn in 1987.

Thanks! Good!
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« Reply #1 on: Mar 17, 2006, 04:17PM »

I love Wright's stuff, though I have yet to try the Silver Polish.
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« Reply #2 on: Mar 18, 2006, 06:24AM »

I have used Wright's and Gorham's silver polishes.  The Gorham's is a paste and Wright's is a liquid.  Whatever floats your boat.

Use the polishes as directed.  Both recommend you apply to a wet surface and allow to dry before buffing.  It works much better that way.

Someone also posted an electrochemical procedure using aluminum foil and a conductive solution (I think using baking soda).  I won't endorse that since I've never used it.  But look back through all the threads on tarnish and read for yourself.
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« Reply #3 on: Mar 18, 2006, 07:16AM »

Are those available in (pretty much) any jewelry type store or would I have to locate them from a music dealer?

EDIT: Scratch that - according to the Wright's website, I should be able to find it at Walmart, Kroger or either of our hardware stores. Good!
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« Reply #4 on: Mar 18, 2006, 08:38AM »

I find Wright's in my local supermarket.
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« Reply #5 on: Mar 19, 2006, 07:16AM »

I use Wrights Silver polish on my mouthpieces, and the Brass polish on my removable leadpipes. I picked up both of these at my local grocery store.
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« Reply #6 on: Mar 21, 2006, 04:56PM »

I found a great deal on UMI Metal Polish, 6- 2oz bottles for 10 bucks, and they work amazingly well!  With just a little dab of the polish and some elbow grease, most of the tarnish on my Euphonium was gone and the silver looked practically new!!!  Good stuff, found it online at the Nazareth Music Center out in PA.
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« Reply #7 on: Mar 29, 2006, 08:06AM »

What's the best kind of cloth to use to polish the horn, something that will not scratch the finish?
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« Reply #8 on: Mar 29, 2006, 08:14AM »

Zemry that's really two questions, one for silver plated horns and one for horns that have a finish over the silver...Like your 3B.

Same answer though, soft cotton, NO POLYESTER.  Flannel is nice, towels are fine too.  Bu the polyester (or other synthetics) scratches the finish.
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« Reply #9 on: Apr 22, 2006, 07:38PM »

I got a friend to use a bit of Hagerty's Silversmith Polish on my horn, and the thing looks like new!! However, he offered to sell a bottle for nearly 20 bucks! I have no idea where it got his, but I cannot seem to find the stuff anywhere but online.

Anyone know if any of the national chain stores carry this stuff, or do I have to bribe my local jeweler??
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« Reply #10 on: Apr 22, 2006, 07:49PM »

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What's the best kind of cloth to use to polish the horn, something that will not scratch the finish?

All the local jewelers in my area swear by Connoisseur Silver Cleaning Cloths. Only problem is that Walmart and KMart have been out of them for awhile. :shuffle: I've been wanting to keep one in my case to hold the horn while putting it together and for cleanup before putting it back in the case.

EDIT: I just ordered a couple of these from MusicMedic.com - will find out how it goes. Good!
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« Reply #11 on: Apr 22, 2006, 10:52PM »

Bruce writes:

> I have used Wright's and Gorham's silver polishes.
> The Gorham's is a paste and Wright's is a liquid.

Wright's also makes a paste.  They call it Wright's Silver Cream.  I prefer it to the liquid -- a lot less messy.
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