- Near Lutterworth, Leics.
Stecher (Kohlert 57) alto's here. One small dent on bell lip but not affecting the rolled lip itself.
Low C guard appears to have had a light knock, although not damaged itself, which has transmitted through the middle guard leg and dipped the side of the rolled tone hole by about 1-2mm. Needs tapping back into shape.
There are four or five other tone holes, particularly the palm keys and a few other small ones, which look a little uneven, but the low C is the worst.
More photos here: http://www.picturetrail.com/sfx/album/view/24663984
No body tube dents visible, although there may be minor ones causing the other tone hole distortion.
All keys and rods moving freely.
One domed screw missing from a guard foot.
B bis pearl missing - would need a replacement.
Neck undented, but no plating to it whatsoever. It may not be the original. Would need cyanide re-plating.
Also needs re-corking. Neck tightening screw missing.
The only difference I can see between this stencil and a Kohlert 57 labelled horn is the plain body to bow brace. The 57 is supposedly one of, if not THE, best of the Kohlerts.
There are a few patches of bare brass on the body and bell. I've done some research and for immersion plating this seems THE stuff to get: https://www.hswalsh.com/product/silver-solution-1x150ml-sf01a
Has anyone ever tried this kind of "touch up" approach for small areas of brass?
My plan would be to disassemble, touch up plating, clean, polish silver plating, re-assemble (re-consider!), send to a tech for a full re-pad/overhaul. I may get the neck plated and re-cork beforehand as I know a great plater.
Or... I could save a whole load of hassle and sell it on as is! It has a certain charm though!
Well... shall I save this one?