Hello Gary, I totally understand what you mean regarding the HW!, and if I has something that I had owned that long, would "grow old together" with it...
But to switch it round, what if you obtained an identical condition, but say different calibre gun, where all those marks and stuff were unknown to you as it had been someone's who you had never met?,
To leave guns for a spell, (well this is the chat area, and this is a related story in principle)....Someone, many years ago obtained one of Mike Hailwood's ex TT winning Hondas, (a very rare event as most were kept by Honda).
It was as last raced, with road rash, bits of tape holding spare cables on, and with two large dents in the front of the tank, where Mike had needed more steering lock and hand clearance for the hairpin bend.
The new owner spent a fortune restoring it, and the periodicals of the time reviewed the finished item when finally presented, This was maybe 20+ years ago, but I still remember the stinging rebuke....
"One cannot fault this restoration work, it is impeccable and of the highest quality,and the bike looks wonderful, but in this writer's eyes, the owner has erased all traces of Mike Hailwood as thoroughly as a thief wiping away fingerprints at the scene of a robbery".
That's what you do when you refinish in effect, remove the whole gun's history and put it back to day one again...something I do now and again, but I always have a good think about first!
|This message has been edited by edbearthree on Jan 26, 2012 7:57 AM|
This message has been edited by edbearthree on Jan 26, 2012 7:57 AM