Smoke? Sea air? What do you think is causing it?Thanks, answers my question; I don't need a repad. My tenor has been bead blasted and is nasty dirty, turning black with grime; I can't keep it clean, hence the though to silver plate it. Plays wonderfully, a 103K Mark VI.
I would stick with the same thread, it's not dead.What is causing this? I don't know, but I think it is partly due to the bead blasting process. I have a friend, in a different, less humid climate, who has a sandblasted (Earthtone) tenor, and it seems that dirt just seems to stick to it. It's like gummy somehow. My major concern at this point is that there are places around the key cups that are turning green with corrosion; that is why I am considering having the horn plated. Since this thread may be dead, I'm going to start another under the title corrosion, to see what else might be able to be done to remedy this.
The keys are not bead blasted, but they are pitted/tarnished; the tenor was a relaq.I would stick with the same thread, it's not dead.
Silver plate does tarnish, quite quickly under some conditions. And when it does it's very difficult to get the shine back if the finish is rough, it tends to always be a bit grey at best. I would be tempted to go with the earlier suggestion of having it gold plated.
Are the keys also bead blasted? If not you could keep those silver and they will polish up nicely and not need a repad if just the body is plated.
You go silverplate, you do the entire horn, keys and all, or obviously it'll look very silly