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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000393.txt from 1997/12

From: Roger Garrett <>
Subj: Re: Keywork material
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 1997 09:09:33 -0500

Many of the natural oils and acids of the skin and the perspiration can
wreak havoc on nickle plated keys. In fact, some people experience rapid
deterioration of the plating within months, sometimes appears
this is what is happening to you. You can't do anything to fix the lack
of plating, short of replating the keys (expensive)......but wipe it down
each playing session when you are done.

Silver is much more resistant to the acids than Nickle
is very resistant, but wears away much more quickly - it is softer metal. =

Roger Garrett

On Mon, 8 Dec 1997, Dirk Kussin wrote:

> What is the difference (apart from the look) between nickel, silver
> and gold plated keywork.
> My fingers tend to be a little bit sweaty. Some keys on my nickel
> plated B-12 are getting slightly black (already after a few
> weeks). Polishing with a cloth helps a little bit, but on one key the
> upper layer now seems be deleted.
> Will I have less problems with silver plated keys? My teacher is of
> the opinion that I also will have problems with silver; gold would be
> better according to this problem.
> And: Are there quality differences between different, let say: silver
> keyworks?=20
> Any opinions? Suggestions to fix the problem? Thanks
> Dirk
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