Oh! That is interesting! I went back and studied my neck. its not marked anywhere, and it's all silver color. So I feel confirmed that at least mine is merely plated. I will have to look more closely at the listings that say "sterling".You can tell by looking - a silver-plated neck is usually all-silver; key, tenon ring, brace, etc. A Sterling neck may be marked but most are not. However, only the tube itself will be silver, with brass tenon ring, key, brace, etc.
It would only make a difference if the sterling neck is of a different neck tube specification/design than the neck the horn comes with. Which could possibly be the case....or perhaps not.So has anyone tried putting a sterling neck on a student Jupiter? does it make any difference?
That makes sense from the standpoint of the argument that an instrument's sound is all about the shape and size of the space inside a wind instrument. So why do flute players get all worked up about the material that their instrument is made out of. Are Fancy flute head joints actually about the bore shape and size, and cut of the embouchure hole rather than material? Are flute players deluding themselves? I know I might be opening a can of worms, but is there a short answer?It would only make a difference if the sterling neck is of a different neck tube specification/design than the neck the horn comes with. Which could possibly be the case....or perhaps not.