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Postby lost » Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:55 pm

I bought a cool old mouthpiece off ebay and kinda want it to look new again. Does anyone have experience or could recommend someone who does this, if anyone? Including replating?

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Re: MP restoration

Postby bort » Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:03 pm

Ooh, what did you get?

If Vladimir still at Dillon music?
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Re: MP restoration

Postby YORK-aholic » Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:13 pm

Dan Oberloh did a tremendous job on a Conn Helleberg I had.
Some old Yorks, Martins and maybe a rotary King...
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Re: MP restoration

Postby lost » Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:17 pm

A huge holton
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Re: MP restoration

Postby bort » Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:32 pm

A huge photo of a huge Holton.

Very neat! There are some old photos here somewhere of old mouthpieces that Oberloh restored and blinged up... satin/shiny combinations. Really nice looking work. I'll try to find that link...
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Re: MP restoration

Postby bort » Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:33 pm

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Re: MP restoration

Postby bloke » Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:31 pm

interior, basically, is very much like a Conn 2 or old Conn "Chief".

For a while, John Kuhn must have played Holton, because someone has a very ornately engraved sousaphone with his name on it.

I have NOT done ANY proper research, and am ONLY guessing, but it makes sense to me that this MIGHT be how Holton ended up making
a mouthpiece with that Conn-like (huge) interior design.

The dimensions of those mouthpieces are nearly a full 2" by nearly a full 4".
It's a very deep straight-taper funnel cup, a huge throat, and a straight-taper back-bore.

I have some Holton 6/4 tubas to restore/sell some day, and purchased a couple of those mouthpieces (yeah...pro'lly same as you: eBay)
and put them back like new to put ~with~ those tubas when they are eventually restored and sold.

yeah...Dan Oberloh (Seattle area) does nice mouthpiece fix-ups.
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Re: MP restoration

Postby toobagrowl » Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:51 pm

Mouthpieceexpress.com in Roanoke, VA does custom mpc work, including engraving and plating services :!:
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Re: MP restoration

Postby Tim Jackson » Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:20 pm

Here's Lee Stofer's work on my Holton mouthpiece. He also did the work on my 2 original Conn Helleberg pieces.
He understood the importance of preserving the original contours.


I have a very cool vintage Holton sousaphone that this will be paired with.


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Re: MP restoration

Postby YORK-aholic » Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:23 pm

I also have one of those Holton Galaxy mouthpieces (no where near as nice) and think the script looks really 'neat'. Great work by Mr. Stofer, but no surprise there...
Some old Yorks, Martins and maybe a rotary King...
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Re: MP restoration

Postby joh_tuba » Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:07 pm

The process for restoring a mouthpiece is pretty straightforward:

1) Bring to a plater and have all the plating removed so you have just the raw brass.
2) Polish and sand as appropriate. Note that you can only remove material and once it's gone it's gone. This is a bit of an art and you have to pick your battles. On a positive note, this is your chance to change a rim profile or other feature if you wish.
3) Return perfectly polished raw brass mouthpiece to a *trusted* plater that will do a good quality job.
4) Final polish for affect.

I would imagine most good shops can do this and have a good working relationship with a plater. The cost of the job often varies quite a bit with the price of silver.
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