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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000097.txt from 1999/06

Subj: Re: [kl] Nickel Polish
Date: Wed, 2 Jun 1999 01:14:52 -0400

In a message dated 6/1/99 5:48:04 PM EST, writes:

<< Hi everyone,
> I have a nickel plated R13 and the keys are getting black from
>daily use. I was wondering if anyone can recommend a good polish for
>nickel plated keys. Thanks, I appreciate everyone's help! :)

If they're turning *black*, it's more likely they're silver. Either way,
there are chemically treated cloths available from most music stores or the
catalogs. I'd avoid pastes if I could help it - the gunk would get all in
and around pads, etc.

If you will wash your hands in baking soda before you play, It will retard
the Key tarnish. If and when you have your gallbladder removed your acidity
rate will probably improve thus reducing key oxidation. I think that it was
John de Lancie, former principal oboist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, who
told me about the gallbladder surgery improving the tarnish rate. You can
also have your silver keys polished and sprayed with clear lacquer. The
lacquer will prevent oxidation and keep the keys looking new.
Or you can have the keys Gold plated. Gold does not oxidize and will
last for a long time.

Good Luck,

Alvin Swiney

Affordable Music Co.

P.O. Box 4245

Virginia Beach, VA 23454

757-412-2160 fax 412-2158

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