On 8/23/2001 Joe Schuster wrote:
Best regards from warm and sunny Germany. I have bought a 1983 Selmer Signet Tenor sax. They say it's just a intermediate horn, but I like it's sound. My teacher, he is playing a Selmer SA 80 III was also surprised about the big, warm sound of the horn that I got for a low price. Unfortunately the laquer of the horn is not in the best condition, there are dark spots at the keys and the laquer of the key guards is gone. At some places the brass has started to tarnish to a red/brown colour. Is there a way to get this tarnishing away and to protect the brass from further corrosion?
This vintage Selmer sax was based on the old Buescher saxophone and some of them play great as you are discovering. The tarnish is somewhat superficial and generally to remove it would come at some cost. A qualified repair shop could give it a chemical dip that would remove some of it. Sometimes it just has to be polished out and may not be worth the expense.