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Here's one for y'all to chew on.... Has anyone ever had their skin react with nickel, whether on keys or any nickel surfaces after the lacquer wears off? I have a buddy who is a goldsmith that has to deal with that sort of thing in karat gold. Most white gold in the old days was produced by adding nickle as the primary alloy to the 24K yellow gold. Unfortunately, this can produce a painful and harmful dermal reaction (red, broken skin) for those with a nickel allergy. The jewelry industry reacted by using Palladium as a whitening alloy, though the results were not as bright white.

He asked and I was truly stumped, so have at it!!!
 

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Boy, if I had a nickel for every time I heard that....:)

[Sorry, couldn't resist.]
 

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I have an un-lacquered, silver color nickel sax, and fortunately it hasn't given me any problem.

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Search WebMD.com for "nickel allergy".
 

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I guess you could just have it re-lacquered.
 

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... or wear Nitrile (avoid potential latex allergies) gloves.
 

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I know that this is a more common problem for flute players. That is why they have the gold lip plates.
 

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I know that this is a more common problem for flute players. That is why they have the gold lip plates.
Doubt it. Most of the better flutes are at least silver - not nickel. Gold lip plates on a nickel silver flute is like putting lip stick on a vice presidential candidate.
 
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