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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000312.txt from 2010/11

From: "Keith Bowen" <keith.bowen@-----.com>
Subj: Re: [kl] Plating of clarinets
Date: Fri, 19 Nov 2010 18:20:10 -0500

Yes, I have to confess that Dan's former instrument is still gleaming
whereas parts of mine are looking quite worn. Not delaminated at all though
- that is an indication of poor plating methodology - and another squirt of
gold will make it fine.

The other explanation is that I have played and practiced the hell out of
mine, whereas Dan just strutted around waving it in the air, while nubile
women swooned at his feet. Yeah, right.

Chromium plate though ... I do find that uncomfortably slippery. I did own a
pair of Leblanc Concertos once, that were chromium plated; during an
overhaul I had them stripped and silver plated, and much preferred the feel
as well as the look afterwards.

I don't think there is a perceptible acoustic difference between any of the
key materials or platings.

Keith

-----Original Message-----
From: Dan Leeson [mailto:dnleeson@-----.net]
Sent: 19 November 2010 22:34
To: Klarinet
Subject: [kl] Plating of clarinets

At one time, I had a full Boehm B-flat instrument with chrome plated keys.
The instrument glistened and needed only an occasional rub down to remain
bright and shiny. I don't know why no one has discussed this option. My
instrument is now owned by a Japanese player to whom I sold the pair of full
Boehm clarinets, both of which descended to low E-flat (written).

Gold is really deliriously gorgeous , but it requires a double plating. My
FOX basset horn (now owned by Keith Bowen) was double plated, though his
essentially identical instrument was only single plated. I think he had
more problems with his gold plating than I ever did.

The former clarinet teacher at the University of Arizona in Tucson, John
Denman, had gold plated keys on his clarinets and it never lasted. The gold
delaminated itself from the keys and curled up. Looked awful. Who got his
instruments after his death?

Dan Leeson
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