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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000536.txt from 1995/03

Subj: Re: Key plating
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 1995 17:34:29 -0500

Claudia commented (17 MAR 1995) on the plating wearing to the copper on her 1987
R-13. I'm sorry to report that I find the same poor plating on the R-13's my
students have gotten in the last number of years - copper showing within a year
or so. I'm also seeing the same thing on my Leblanc Concerto. I feel this is
a very poor comment on current manufacturing. My students' silver-plated
Buffets haven't shown any wear, and I for one would LOVE the luxury of nicely
gold-plated keys. Ted Jahn in Athens Georgia tells me he loves his old gold-
plated Buffet. If only the standard commercial gold plating didn't look so much
like gold crayon!

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