All of the awesome baritones just keep finding me, I'm not sure how it happens, but I LIKE it! This one came in looking a little rough around the edges, with well-worn original lacquer and verdigris throughout. The owner really wanted a nice even finish on his baby, and as we don't do relacquering here, and the cost to silver plate an instrument this size is substantial, we opted for a chemical strip of the remaining spotty lacquer and a hand polish, followed by a few protective coats of wax to seal the brass from the elements. Along the way we moved the strap ring to improve balance and ergonomics, and installed a modern right hand thumbhook base with a gold plated "elephant ear" style thumbhook to improve comfort.
In order to keep a bare brass horn looking clean and shiny, a wax finish must be re-applied every 1-2 years (depending on care and environment of course), but this is not a major issue as the horn usually needs to go in for a clean and oil change by that point anyhow, and it can all be done at the same time.