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Hey all i'm Daniel and I have a yas 62 :)

i've being playing some really good saxes recently like some mark 6's and selmer super action series 80s etc.

what i was wondering is that is it possible to get my pearl/gloss keys to feel worn and that feeling of roughness not like the new state mine are in (new glossy and slippery) besides playing it for 148 years :p (polishing it down or something??)

its hard to explain and i guess it sounds pretty stupid but i really like that feel/ing under my fingers...

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This might sound dim but; what age is your 62?
The 62 series had mother-of-pearl keytouches (same as selmenr etc) up to about 1999/2000 - after that they are plastic, and to get real shell you need to buy the custom (8 series) horns or an older one...
 

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THE FOLLOWING IS NOT - REPEAT - NOT RECOMMENDED!!!

YOU SHOULD PROBABLY NOT ATTEMPT THIS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSANCES!!!

however, you could try some really fine, fine, superfine grade sandpaper, like 1000 grit and up, tear off a little piece, and carefully, carefully rub the "pearl" touches to wear them in.
 

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Regardless of whether plastic or pearl, you can use sandpaper to shape, roughen or clean lacquer off of 'pearls'.

I use 600, 1000 and 2000 wet-dry paper (you can get at any pro paint shop or auto body supply). I use isopropyl as a lubricant (and for dust control). I wet the paper and start with 600 to shape and get the pearl uniform...then I take out the 600 scratches with the 1000 (also wet with IPA) and then the 2000. I like my pearls very smooth (I think you get more 'traction' with smooth if it's a real pearl or you can leave it at 1000 grit), so I finish off with some Wenol polish. Makes even real old pearls look and feel like new. For chipped or badly worn pearls I have started with as low as 320 grit, but pearls (plastic or MOP) sand away pretty fast at this grit, so you need to pay close attention.

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Just as backdrop, I started the sanding routine when confronted with older horns that had been relacquered without masking the pearls. This is a very effective way to get the lacquer off the pearls and leave a nice surface without damaging the lacquer on the rest of the key...
 
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