Completely agree, this was the Yamaha top of the range horn for many many years after. It's good enough for all of us though will not be everybody's ideal taste or concept.Ha that's a great idea!
If the truth be known, I am trying to talk myself out of the long journey towards buying a vintage horn. My 1980s vintage purple logo Yamaha 62 is plenty good enough for my standard of playing and there is no question that the most important thing is to practise more, not spend more money!
I wouldn't, the true beauty of a horn is to let it age gracefully so long as the function and capability isn't affected.I still love the look of old horns though, so the next question (probably for another thread) is: should I get it de-laquered when I next get it serviced?!
i.e. leave small dents in awkward places.
A friend of mine has a nice example of a Lion and Crown Martin (Committee II ?) and though it perhaps wasn't the most sought after horn on the planet at the time or now, it's shear original beauty is more impressive as the world has moved on. Lets talk Yamaha FS1E, MKII Cortina......well you get the picture, nice when well kept/restored as intended.
This de-lacquering thing in my (controversial) Opinion, was also done to disguise relacquers in the hope it would increase saleability/value and sold under the guise of freeing up the horns resonance. I actually have no idea how much difference it makes regarding that so I'll not comment but once this 'idea' was out there many people have done it. To me if a horn is original...leave it that way. It grows fondly into its place in history.
Old horns with lacquer missing are one thing, de-lacquered horns are another.
There that told you didn't it.
Ultimately though, do what makes you enjoy it most. But beware, this would mean a full strip down and increase the cost of a full overhaul by a fair amount. Certainly couldn't be done with a service.