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If you keep the piece clean and dont leave the reed on all the time it will happen less. A raw table, as described will tarnish.

An occasional cleaning with a non abrasive brass cleaner will prevent this from happening.

of course plating will prevent it too...until that wears out.
 

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Silver is good but it is pretty soft.

If you have no problems with nickel it is much tougher

I personally think not leaving on a reed all the time (if you do) and cleaning it now and again is an easier solution
 

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If it turns that fast then get some sort of plating

Its not especially expensive and it will solve the problem.

As for brass cleaner I dont think it is a problem since you can wash it off with soap an hot water.

Unlike HR metal is not impacted by a hot water wash...In the world of metal the hot water coming out of your tap is considered cold. Just dont use it on hard rubber
 

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Lacquer on a table strikes me a a bad idea...both chemically and in terms of creating an uneven surface. Chemically that being close to your mouthpiece is much more likey an issue than brass in your mouth. Yes its bare brass but none of the alarmists around here have presented anything that resembles data to suggest that there is any health threat.

To me you are going into darker territory to fix what is likely a non problem.

My suggest is that if it bothers you this much do the job right and have it replated. Personally, Id just play it.
 

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Lacquer has no place on mouthpieces...if you mean replating then it is not something you should worry about. It wont change the behavior of the piece unless someone does not know what they are doing and tries to buff the facing. We are talking mircons when replating. Nickel with gold on top is fine. If you have no personal reaction to nickel it is cheap and durable. Gold is soft and will wear.

Just know that Gold needs an under plating. It does not adhere to brass and will flake off.
 
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