Holton 345 Redux

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Happy Birthday to your wife!

Is her gift a tear down and rebuild of one of her horns? (It's a joke!)
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Looking good! Now you've got me considering taking the silver off of my next project horn...
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the elephant wrote:However, as I stated above I do not want to risk doing both sides, so the inside will remain silver, sort of like a Conn 2J where the inside of the bell has to be polished and is all spotty and gross-looking, heh, heh...
Would bead blasting the inside so it is an even satin improve the looks? No metal removed that way...
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bloke wrote:
The Big Ben wrote:Would bead blasting the inside so it is an even satin improve the looks? No metal removed that way...
I've bead-blasted some heavily-silver-plated 1950's and 1960's vintage tuba bells.
Depending on how early or late in the 1960's these were made, some of them featured VERY THICK (borderline "clad") silver plating. There is a considerable risk - when bead-blasting silver plating - of the silver plating coming off in "sheets", leaving a completely-stripped area right next to an area where considerably thick silver plating remains...

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Ah. So that won't work. Good to know. Thanks.
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bloke wrote:Take that thing off of there, buff the silver off the entire bell exterior, and have Sherry re-engrave it to sharpen up the post-buffed appearance of the engraving.
+1

I'd prefer a two-tone bell over that ring, any day.
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The one thing that would bug me about it is that it goes right over the engraving :cry:

If it were anyplace else, (I regularly play detachable bell horns, so it's not a game changer for me) I might be able to learn to live with it.
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1. I'm an oddball fan of two-tone bells
2. Solder the cut ring below the engraving and stick to the tone-ring story. ;)
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It is looking just terrific, Elephant! Keep up the great work and continue to post as you can. Thanks.
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the elephant wrote:

My wife turned 50 today and we are headed out for dinner and a movie.
Dinner AND a movie??

WOW. She must have caught you doing something awful!! :tuba:
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Beautiful picture!
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Nice! The whole horn will look beautiful when it is back together!
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+1
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That looks fantastic Wade!
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Hey, Wade, are you a graduate of the Bloke School of Sousaphone Buffing???? :)

Lookin reeeaaally purdy.

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Damn! It's barely half of a tuba in that photo, and I love it.

How many hours, start to finish, would you say you will spend on this project?
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I have learned so much just reading this epic thread. Keep up the pictures and the postings. They are greatly appreciated!
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Way to go, Wade - I've learned a lot from you, and I'm most appreciative.

.....and I'm certainly not laughing, either.
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Well Done, Elephant! The final product is almost ready!
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Just beautiful work. You are a true craftsman.
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