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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000103.txt from 1999/06

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Nickel Polish
Date: Wed, 2 Jun 1999 01:14:58 -0400

At 09:41 PM 5/31/99, Gary Smith wrote:
>At 10:58 PM 5/28/99 -0500, you wrote:
>>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.
I agree completely with the above. You may want to check for things in
your case that could be causing the problem. Rubber tends to give off
sulphur, causing silver to tarnish, so remove pencil erasers, rubber bands,
etc. Also, some hard rubber mouthpieces leach sulphur. Try leaving the
mouthpiece out of the case for a while.

P.S.: The treated cloths work on nickel, too.

Bill Hausmann
451 Old Orchard Drive
Essexville, MI 48732
ICQ UIN 4862265

If you have to mic a saxophone, the rest of the band is too loud.

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