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From: PaulC135
Date: Sat, 1 Jan 2000 01:18:31 EST
Subject: Re: [Contra digest]

In a message dated 1/1/00 12:00:08 AM, writes:

Happy Y2K to you all!! Hope we all find the horn(s) of our dreams...
Anybody knows if the Conn F mezzos came in laquer or only silverplated?
Thank you in advance
Alberto-bari sax,bass clarinet,alto flute and a few other shapes...

Almost all of the F mezzos were made in the late 1920s for about two years.
None of them would have been lacquered.  Finishes at the time ranged from
polished bare brass to nickel to silver to gold plating, with variations
inbetween.  Lacquer as an instrumental covering did not exist, at least not
in commercial form.  It is possible, though very uncommon, that an F Mezzo
ordered in the 1930s might be lacquered from the factory.  Usually these
orders would be filled from a leftover silver plated F mezzo from inventory .
 One would need to carefully check the serial number for a first clue as to
the unlikely possibility of an originally lacquered F mezzo.
Paul Cohen

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