I have a silver polishing cloth and I would like too know if I can used it on my Keilwerth Shadow, its keys are silver but the body is not. Im pretty sure I can use it but I need to make sure before I do.
So does the theft correlate to "shiny" or "bragging"?My grandmother had several decorative sterling silver boxes and cases inherited from her mother-in-law. They originally came from Europe and were French in origin I believe. She always had them out in the living room, but had never shined them. They were all grey-black in color.....and then one day she figures out a great silver polish that could get into the corners of the boxes and around all of the embossing. She shined everything up and bragged about it to everyone. We all saw these boxes displayed in her living room on end tables etc. They were beautiful.....And the 6 months later, her home is burglarized.....the one and only time she had ever been burglarized....the boxes were all stolen.
Perhaps the best plan is to leave the keys ugly and tarnished......go ahead and shine them up before you sell the horn.....but until then, it will sound the same. Ugly horn means less chance of someone unknown having sticky fingers.
My series one Buescher tenor has original matte finish silver plate, with burnished keys and engraving. Polishing it with a silver cloth has shown no ill effects on the matte finish. No way has it 'removed' it! This horn is over 70 years old and the original silver plate is still there and looking great.Don't use it on brushed surface as it will remove the brushed finish.
I've had similarly good results on a brushed silver 1920's ConnI also use a silver polishing cloth on my silver plated tenors and it has worked well with no negative issues. You should be just fine polishing up those silver keys.
My series one Buescher tenor has original matte finish silver plate, with burnished keys and engraving. Polishing it with a silver cloth has shown no ill effects on the matte finish. No way has it 'removed' it! This horn is over 70 years old and the original silver plate is still there and looking great.
....and the entire state of Florida...Haggerties or Goddards polishing cloths are pretty safe.
Never use a liquid polish while the instrument is assembled. It does a lot of harm, to pivots.
Never use a polish that says that it does nickel or chrome. The abrasive in these will be too severe for silver.
Don't get too fixated on polishing, otherwise you will eventually wear through the plating.
Enough of the 3M anti-tarnish strips, or silver-woven cloth bag should be a good preventive but of course only while the instrument is in the case. So don't leave the instrument outside the case for a long time.
Other preventive considerations: Avoid environments that produce sulphur into the air, eg gas stove, unflued gas heater, onions/garlic/eggs and sweat after excess consumption of these, geothermal activity, industrial smog, motor vehicle exhausts, flatus, new wool carpet or clothes, certain dried fruit, eg apples and apricots, certain acne formulations on the fingers....
Also avoid salt spray and chlorine vapours from swimming pools.
+1. Luckily, I'm too damn lazy to polish my sax constantly. I do it maybe twice a year at most. And over the 15 or so years I've owned my Buescher tenor, the silver plating shows very little tarnish. Then again, I don't use it as much as my VI, which has about 60% of its lacquer left (the silver plated Buescher looks much better).Don't get too fixated on polishing, otherwise you will eventually wear through the plating.