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Bassic Sax

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Description: C Melody
Manufacturer: Buescher
Model: True Tone
Series: II
Serial #: 186627
Finish: Silver plated with rose gold wash bell
Source: shresthakimi on

This stunning C melody is somewhat of a rare bird. These "rose gold" finishes on horns are not as common as the regular gold that we see on so many horns. However, "rose gold" isn't gold at all. According to Bear at Cybersax:

"The gold bell wash was standard on silver plated saxophones made in the USA before WWII. There are two techniques for achieving it. A yellow gold effect is achieved simply by briefly plating a highly polished silver inner bell in 24 karat gold. The plating bath isn't maintained long enough to make the surface layer so dense in gold to be ‘gold plated’ – merely ‘washed’ over with a lovely golden tint. The second method results in a ‘rose gold’ effect, used primarily by Buescher on its silver plated saxes made after about 1925. 'Rose gold' is gorgeous, but really not gold at all. The 'rose gold' effect is achieved by laying on a copper wash (thin layer of copper plating) instead of a 24K gold wash. Our composite picture compares these two types of decorative bell washes so you can become familiar with the differences. Both are breathtaking when the wash is in fine original -- or restored -- condition."
Keywords: American, C-Melody, Buescher, True-Tone, Vintage
Date: 29.05.2013 09:39
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