Yep, mine was goldplated. Ditto on the characteristics. I believe mine went into Gayle Fredenburgh's personal collection - at least for a while.steakboy said:circa 1927 / 1928 buescher sopranos are very nice instruments. i used to have a silver plate of this same vintage; nice warm tone, terrific intonation. i regret having parted with it. happy bidding!