1927 B&D
Silver Bell #2
5 String

#23636 - Rim and Dowel

Very rare model

Real Silver plating (Not nickel)

Older refinish



Planet tuners with MOP buttons
friction 5th with matching MOP button


Looks rough......;but really isnt..
This silver blackens just like Grandma's silverware and cleans up just as nicely

Older refinish is good, it was professionally applied
I will dress it up on the neck and resonator and refinish the outside rim band to match the darker contrast on the heel instead of the light.
I think it will set off the Silver plating after the metal is clean

Carving is good





When silver tarnishes, it combines with sulfur and forms silver sulfide. Silver sulfide is black. When a thin coating of silver sulfide forms on the surface of silver, it darkens the silver.
The silver can be returned to its former luster by removing the silver sulfide coating from the surface.

There are two ways to remove the coating of silver sulfide. One way is to remove the silver sulfide from the surface. The other is to reverse the chemical reaction and turn silver sulfide back into silver.
In the first method, some silver is removed in the process of polishing. In the second, the silver remains in place.
Polishes that contain an abrasive shine the silver by rubbing off the silver sulfide and some of the silver along with it.
Another kind of tarnish remover dissolves the silver sulfide in a liquid. These polishes are used by dipping the silver into the liquid, or by rubbing the liquid on with a cloth and washing it off. These polishes also remove some of the silver.

This tarnish-removal method uses a chemical reaction to convert the silver sulfide back into silver.
Many metals in addition to silver form compounds with sulfur. Some of them have a greater affinity for sulfur than silver does.
Aluminum is such a metal. In this experiment, the silver sulfide reacts with aluminum. In the reaction, sulfur atoms are transferred from silver to aluminum, freeing the silver metal and forming aluminum sulfide.
Chemists represent this reaction with a chemical equation.

3 Ag2S   +   2 Al      6 Ag   +   Al2S3
sulfide  aluminum  silver  aluminum

The reaction between silver sulfide and aluminum takes place when the two are in contact while they are immersed in a baking soda solution.
The reaction is faster when the solution is warm. The solution carries the sulfur from the silver to the aluminum. The aluminum sulfide may adhere to the aluminum foil, or it may form tiny, pale yellow flakes in the bottom of the pan.
The silver and aluminum must be in contact with each other, because a small electric current flows between them during the reaction.
This type of reaction, which involves an electric current, is called an electrochemical reaction. Reactions of this type are used in batteries to produce electricity.

For this method you will need:

a tarnished piece of silver
a pan or dish large enough to completely immerse the silver in
aluminum foil to cover the bottom of the pan
enough water to fill the pan
a vessel in which to heat the water
hot pads or kitchen mitts with which to handle the heated water vessel
baking soda, about 1 cup per gallon of water
Line the bottom of the pan with aluminum foil. Set the silver object on top of the aluminum foil. Make sure the silver touches the aluminum.

Heat the water to boiling. Remove it from the heat and place it in a sink. To the hot water, add about one cup of baking soda for each gallon of water.
(If you need only half a gallon of water, use half a cup of baking soda.) The mixture will froth a bit and may spill over; this is why you put it in the sink. )

Pour the hot baking soda and water mixture into the pan, and completely cover the silver.

Almost immediately, the tarnish will begin to disappear. If the silver is only lightly tarnished, all of the tarnish will disappear within several minutes.
If the silver is badly tarnished, you may need to reheat the baking soda and water mixture, and give the silver several treatments to remove all of the tarnish.


All tuner parts present and accounted for
Paper washers, shims for the MOPS, looks good
The silver stays clean where the air doesnt get it

All as it should be in here


Pan is lined, boiling some water

Soda mix

Reaction taking place
2 min

4 min

You can see where armrest and tailpiece sat and what was below the rim on the head area

10 min, added more solution, the warmer the better

Now its getting there

Wiped clean

It gets all the crevices

One Odd Shoe, modern and chrome
I will find an original and have it silver plated if requested

Some brassing on tone ring, normal for the age of the Silver

Thats old world writing, it says "40 Sil", for Silver

Ready for rim refinish

I will leave the silver alone on the inside


The neck is laminated like the later Seranader that has the steel rod so I suspect this to be of that design

The laminations stop short of the  distance.
And the rod is embedded inside and above that

Very nice fit on dowel

Friction peg in good and solid

closer look for those who have asked

And of the carving


Waxing each individual piece 3 times, with Renaissance
This will inhibit tarnishing

New Remo top frosted medium crown installed
Mute adjusted and functional

This shows the darker rim contrast and how much white Silver looks than nickel.

Buttons polished, tuners have been immered in water thin oil (Trombone slide oil) to loosen up the old grease .
All turn freely

Neck buffed and waxed, ready to string up



Farquhar bridge, GHS strings


I'll try to get some outside shots if it hangs around long enough
Very good tone , plays very well up and down the fingerboard