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 Re: Replacement Keys or Parts
Author: tictactux 2017
Date:   2012-08-25 18:53

There are "parts", and then there are "parts". Some things (like barrel rings, or thumbrests) are quite generic and can be used on a variety of instruments, with no or little modification. In car terms, that'd be a screw, or a wiper blade, or a headlight bulb.

Then there are other parts that are very specific to a certain maker and a certain model type, sometimes specific to a certain serial number range. These parts are increasingly harder to come by the older an instrument is. Compare this to a car's exhaust manifold, or the headlight chrome trims, or a door handle. (friend of mine has a '68 Corvette project...)

What a repair person does (if there is no manufacturer's part available) is find a corresponding part of a similar model, or the same part of a donor instrument ... down to re-manufacturing a key etc. Ain't going to be cheap, the further away from manufacturer and donor instruments you are.

If you want to have a part made from a material that the manufacturer did not use, then we're talking about copying an existing part which is not a particularly cheap solution.

The next best thing is have the existing keys plated (and plated twice or thrice, really thick) with whatever material you wish. Even then it won't be cheap - quite possible more expensive than a completely new instrument.

--
Ben

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