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 Woodwind Plating
Author: Olivia Ayemwenre 
Date:   2019-06-08 05:45

Does anyone know where to send woodwind instruments to get gold plated?

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 Re: Woodwind Plating
Author: Paul Aviles 
Date:   2019-06-08 15:06

I believe most if not all plating in the US is done through Alexander Plating Services. But that would be at the dealer or store owner level. As an individual you need a reputable repair person to remove the keys, posts and rings, prep them for plating and then reinstall on the horn with new pads and corks while making adjustments for the extra metal that has just been placed all over the keywork. That's a big job requiring a repair person willing and able to do it.

Places to start asking? Muncy Winds. Backun Musical Services, Miles Ahead Music.

...............Paul Aviles

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 Re: Woodwind Plating
Author: Steven Ocone 2017
Date:   2019-06-08 23:08

Perhaps Paul meant Anderson Plating which is in Elkhart Indiana and does plating for the instrument manufacturers there. First find someone you want to overhaul your clarinet. The keys will need to be refit after the plating so it is more work (and cost) than an overhaul. Gold is usually plated over silver. If you have nickel plated keys it may be difficult to plate over the nickel.

Steven Ocone
Ann & Steve's Music

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 Re: Woodwind Plating
Author: Paul Aviles 
Date:   2019-06-08 23:33

Yup, Anderson........thanks for the correction.

.............Paul Aviles

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 Re: Woodwind Plating
Author: Musikat 
Date:   2019-06-09 06:11

Wesley Rice did mine (he sent it out for silver plating) and it came out beautifully! It does take about a month, though, because it has to be sent out then reassembled when the plated keys come back.

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 Re: Woodwind Plating
Author: Ken Lagace 
Date:   2019-06-09 06:58

What are ball park costs to have this done?

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 Re: Woodwind Plating
Author: Paul Aviles 
Date:   2019-06-09 13:19

You START with the cost of a full overhaul. The better the technician, the higher the number. But you want a good technician. So $400-$600 for the overhaul plus the cost of plating.

I was looking into gold plating which is close to $1000. Silver plating would be less but still not cheap.

Ya start to see why we just buy new horns every so often.

...............Paul Aviles

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 Re: Woodwind Plating
Author: Musikat 
Date:   2019-06-09 20:35

Mine was a little over $1,000 for everything, but I went for the most expensive "artist" overhaul. I think the plating itself was around $200 or so for silver so it wasn't horrible. But, as Paul said, you have to combine it with an overhaul.

Even at that price, I have an older R13 and couldn't afford $2,000-$3,000 more for a new horn, so I opted for this instead. I discovered I was allergic to nickel and had already decided to have the overhaul, so it was just an add-on at that point.

The hardest part for me was it being gone for over a month. I was able to borrow a decent horn from a friend, because it was over Christmas time (it was my present) and I had a few concerts to play.

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