Re: Two questions on SML Strasser Marigaux alto
Clean and shiny has nothing what so ever to do with its value. If you intend on selling it, let the purchaser make that decision. It is not jewelry if you are a musician.
A true musician will be buying it. They are great instruments.
If the pads seal nicely, are not rotted out or dried out, just send it to a technician for some minor work and sell it as it. Polishing just removes some of the silver and makes the scratches show more easily.
That is my one sided imnput.