you're not a volunteer?
that's really great jbt, thanks very much for looking that out. looks a bit ugly, i must say! but it's all in a good cause. people still relacquer trumpets, i understand, but relacquering is out of fashion for saxophones.The bottom photo is the lacquer just "peeling off".
It's an interesting thought, although I am not certain what apparatus you are referring to. I have seen steam cleaners which jewelers use, those are impressive rigs, albeit bulky, stationary, and expensive. What sort of rig allows you to move about a room, localizing the steam 'stream' ? Also wondering if steam would be hot enough and how long one might have to keep it focused on a spot.If hot water works, presumably steam would as well? In which case maybe one of those steam cleaners with a precision steam jet might let you just clean off the area that is particularly bothering you? I've used one for targetted paint removal on Victorian ceiling plaster and its worked very well. It might let you save the rest of the lacquer, which surely would be a good thing.