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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000433.txt from 1997/12

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: Keywork material
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 1997 09:10:13 -0500

At 01:59 PM 12/8/97 +0100, 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.
I think different individuals react with metals differently. I know the
nickel keys on my Selmer look like heck all the time. Sounds like a
similar problem to what you have. Silver will probably be better, but gold
is almost sure to be the best to solve it. Silver plating also tends to be
less slippery than nickel, giving your fingers a better grip. That alone
could be reason enough to go for it.

>And: Are there quality differences between different, let say: silver
Same metal underneath the plating. No difference.

Bill Hausmann
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