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jbtsax

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I have finally completed my first attempt at refinishing a saxophone with an antique finish. My guinea pig was a Martin Tenor that I had been asked to overhaul for a local college. I asked the sax teacher if she would like it to be refinished at no extra charge, and she agreed. The original lacquer was about 60% gone to begin with. The old lacquer was removed and then the body and keys were given a scratch brush finish. Then the parts were immersed into a patina solution for about 3 minutes. After rinsing and drying, the parts were then highlighted by hand with a maroon scotch pad. The final step was to coat the parts with Renaissance Wax which turned the color to a more slightly golden color.



 

Fraser Jarvis

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Really like the result John, looks very authentic, I like how you have scuffed around the tone holes with the Scotch pad. So was the sax completely disassembled when you did it? guess it must have...
 

TimboSax

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Looks great, good going
 

kevgermany

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Nicely done. Not for me, but it looks really professional and much bette than the scruffy part lacquered look.
 

ProfJames

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That is "right up my street". It looks great. So you are doing this sort of work for nothing? Please PM your address.....
 

gladsaxisme

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Looks great to me what is the solution you use to achieve the finish,I guess you must need a large container of it together a whole tenor in I was surprised when you said it only takes a few minutes...... john
 

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Looks great - I love an antique finish :)
 

jbtsax

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Looks great to me what is the solution you use to achieve the finish,I guess you must need a large container of it together a whole tenor in I was surprised when you said it only takes a few minutes...... john

There is a company in the U.S. called EPI which provides many different chemical solutions to antique brass and other metals. I bought 5 gallons of one of their solutions and made a 15 % solution in a 22 gallon plastic container. You can get any finish you want from them from light brown to black. I got a sample of their blue/green patina chemical but it doesn't work very well on brass. There is probably not enough copper in the brass for it to be effective. Darn. I was hoping to produce the world's first turquoise saxophone (with silver keys). :shocked:
 

ProfJames

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I shall place the first order now! Turquoise with silver keys brilliant! With a matching strap, jacket and flared trousers!!
 

gladsaxisme

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There is a company in the U.S. called EPI which provides many different chemical solutions to antique brass and other metals. I bought 5 gallons of one of their solutions and made a 15 % solution in a 22 gallon plastic container. You can get any finish you want from them from light brown to black. I got a sample of their blue/green patina chemical but it doesn't work very well on brass. There is probably not enough copper in the brass for it to be effective. Darn. I was hoping to produce the world's first turquoise saxophone (with silver keys). :shocked:

I like your style....John
 

arock

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Very nice. Don't be afraid to step out of the box.
I think player first want a good playing horn, then being different is interesting. Why look like everyone else.
My last project came to me with an incredible patina. I usually polish my horns. But this was something that mother nature spent 80 years to achieve. I can always polish it later, but for now, I have coated the patina to protect it. A final coat of Renaissance Wax and a buff. Not everyone will like it. But someone might love it. If not. I will destroy a work of art from mother nature.
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Going back to jbtsax's earlier comments, blue saxophones with silver keys are available on eBay. Very reasonably priced professional models with a free electronic tuner, I recall.
 

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