... this is a tough subject. IMO nobody here is "Wrong" or "uneducated". We all have some experience with different types of "finishes and plantings".
Here is my experience...
I have a Selmer SBA #55,000 with 95% original Lacquer.
I have only played TWO horns that I like BETTER than my horn.
1. Was an original GOLD PLATED Conn 10m (un-F*****G REAL!!!!!!!!!!)
2. Was a Mark 6 #61,000 it was also GOLD PLATED (it was a students horn and I almost SHOT him for it)!!!!
I don't really know what that means but, thought that you might like to know...?