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Hi - I have a spare neck for my tenor, a Yanagisawa T800 and i would like to have it silver plated. Can this be done? Does anyone know of a reputable company that will do it? Price estimate?

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The "go to" plating company for musical instruments has been Andersons, but someone reported on another forum they are not taking new work at this time due to the pandemic. Many large cities have plating shops. The problem is some don't do piece work, only production runs. My advice is to check locally and ask around.
 

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just a google searches with the words silver plating maryland reveals many plating shops in your area.

Unlike plating the whole of a saxophone this may be very easily done because there isn’t much to make this different from plating anything ( candelabra are certainly more complex) that any shop has done before.

You may want to think, before you contact a shop, whether plating the inside or only the outside of the neck or not. it is possible to close the two ends and plating only be outside .
 

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just a google searches with the words silver plating maryland reveals many plating shops in your area

You may want to think, before you contact a shop, whether plating the inside or only the outside of the neck or not. it is possible to close the two ends and plating only be outside .
Thanks Milandro. I wasn't sure if the plating company had to have experience with musical instruments and I was wondering about the neck cork having to be removed and replaced. That's why I was thinking it had to be a shop that specialized.
 

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The "go to" plating company for musical instruments has been Andersons, but someone reported on another forum they are not taking new work at this time due to the pandemic. Many large cities have plating shops. The problem is some don't do piece work, only production runs. My advice is to check locally and ask around.
Thanks. I'll check around locally. I also sent an inquiry through Anderson's website. Perhaps some a neck is such a small job, they may be able to do it.
 

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Steve Fowler in Pasadena MD (Fowler Music) silver plated a Buescher neck for me some years ago. I do not know if he's still working, but he may be able to recommend someone else if he's no longer doing it. He had to do repair work on the neck as well, but I can't imagine it was over two hundred bucks to do it all.
 

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Steve Fowler in Pasadena MD (Fowler Music) silver plated a Buescher neck for me some years ago. I do not know if he's still working, but he may be able to recommend someone else if he's no longer doing it. He had to do repair work on the neck as well, but I can't imagine it was over two hundred bucks to do it all.
Thanks Grumps! I will check with him. I forgot you were close to me
 

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The neck cork replacement is basically trivial. Any repair shop can do this after the plating.

The lacquer has to be stripped off and the part polished before plating. You'll need to talk to the plating shop about this.

You'll need to take off the key, decide whether to have it plated too, and if so it has to undergo the same process. You'll have to replace the little pad.

The neck being a long tube there will be very little silver applied to the inside except at the ends, because charge collects on the outside of a tube. There won't be any need to address this one way or the other as a few micrometers of Ag applied to the inside at the very ends will have zero effect on the acoustical behavior of the neck.
 

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Steve Fowler in Pasadena MD (Fowler Music) silver plated a Buescher neck for me some years ago. I do not know if he's still working, but he may be able to recommend someone else if he's no longer doing it. He had to do repair work on the neck as well, but I can't imagine it was over two hundred bucks to do it all.
OT...Mike, is Steve Fowler still around? He overhauled a a bari for me a number of years ago and did a great job but I remember some health issues getting in the way of his work.
 

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Thanks Milandro. I wasn't sure if the plating company had to have experience with musical instruments and I was wondering about the neck cork having to be removed and replaced. That's why I was thinking it had to be a shop that specialized.
as other s have commented removing it is easy and replacing it is within the scope of many amateurs and of course a pro.

I am not sure with the orders by you governor bu t in many states all not necessary activities are close (or maybe will close) so, choosing this moment to do this work may not be the best move.
 

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small shops do do one offs often, but this is NOT cheap.
I had a trumpet valve button plated, cost $90!

Side topic, anyone have experience with 'spot platers', pens, etc.
I know they are not as good, but better than nothing in some cases.
If experience with them, which one(s) actually work best?
 

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Talk with your repair shop. Prep is 93% of the job, so you'll want someone that is experienced with doing refinishing. Any minor defects will be amplified by the plating. Many repair techs already have a working relationship with a plater.

Hi - I have a spare neck for my tenor, a Yanagisawa T800 and i would like to have it silver plated. Can this be done? Does anyone know of a reputable company that will do it? Price estimate?

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Side topic, anyone have experience with 'spot platers', pens, etc.
I know they are not as good, but better than nothing in some cases.
If experience with them, which one(s) actually work best?
I played around with the "rinky dink" Caswell Plug-N-Plate kits for years and was never satisfied with the results. A few years ago I invested in the 6 station plating station sold by Rio Grande Jewelry which gave me the ability to do "immersion plating" for items that would fit inside a one liter beaker. From there I became familiar with Gold Plating Solutions located in the state where I live, and started buying all my plating solutions and supplies from them including "brush plating" wands. I would recommend buying their brush plating accessories and solutions and a DC Power Supply like the one I have from EBay. You can find brush plating "kits" but I believe you get better quality and save money in the long run by buying components separately. I discovered that using an electrocleaning solution along with a surface prep and the right voltage and anode makes all the difference when brush plating. Gold Plating Solutions also has some great instructional videos to get you started.
 

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Talk with your repair shop. Prep is 93% of the job, so you'll want someone that is experienced with doing refinishing. Any minor defects will be amplified by the plating. Many repair techs already have a working relationship with a plater.
I think a shop that does a lot of brasswind work might be better, I have the idea that plating work on brasswinds is pretty common.
 

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which is why a regular plating shop will probably cost less, I don’t think that the prep of a neck is beyond the scope of a non specialist, the recorking may be but is not a problem itself
 

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OT...Mike, is Steve Fowler still around? He overhauled a a bari for me a number of years ago and did a great job but I remember some health issues getting in the way of his work.
I contacted Fowler Music, but they aren't accepting new work right now. It can wait, at least in the meantime you all have provided some good advice. Thanks!
 

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OT...Mike, is Steve Fowler still around? He overhauled a a bari for me a number of years ago and did a great job but I remember some health issues getting in the way of his work.
Yeah, you have to work at his speed. He had worked on my horns since I was in high school. I had an SBA alto that many thought had its original lacquer... but he was the one that relacquered it for its prior owner. In addition to the alto neck he silver plated for me, he also restored my Buescher soprano and replated it in the process.

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