I am curious to know what people's thoughts are on "restoring" original muskets. Now, I don't mean a beat up musket with 1/3rd of the parts missing; I am talking about a musket that is in generally fair shape, but maybe has an almost black patina or multiple dents in the wood. I am asking this because I was told by a reputable vendor in Gettysburg that one shouldn't remove the patina because it devalues the musket. However, I would like to use my original 1842 at reenactments, but I believe the patina is just too dark and is not authentic. Most 42s in photographs I have seen have had more of a bright finish. Please share your thoughts on this, i'm not sure if I should remove the patina on my 1842.