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It appears I was wrong. Gold can tarnish; it can get that dull, browish look as in the photos that PigSquealer posted. It doesn't turn as black as silver, though. And since it is plated over silver, the silver can tarnish, especially where the gold wears away. I'm sure there are ways to prevent gold tarnish (wiping down occasionally with a cloth?).

I have a '39 Buescher Aristocrat tenor with original silver plate and a gold wash bell. The gold has not tarnished at all (not sure why, maybe because I wipe it off once in a while?) and I've kept the silver looking good with a very occasional polishing with a silver polish cloth.

Same is true for my Buescher 156 tenor with an Anderson silver plate job & gold wash bell. I've had it for 15+ years and it still looks great.
 

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It appears I was wrong. Gold can tarnish; it can get that dull, browish look as in the photos that PigSquealer posted. It doesn't turn as black as silver, though. And since it is plated over silver, the silver can tarnish, especially where the gold wears away. I'm sure there are ways to prevent gold tarnish (wiping down occasionally with a cloth?).

I have a '39 Buescher Aristocrat tenor with original silver plate and a gold wash bell. The gold has not tarnished at all (not sure why, maybe because I wipe it off once in a while?) and I've kept the silver looking good with a very occasional polishing with a silver polish cloth.

Same is true for my Buescher 156 tenor with an Anderson silver plate job & gold wash bell. I've had it for 15+ years and it still looks great.
For a little me more detail I got to the bottom of the pile鈥..
I don鈥檛 know if I would call it tarnish. It鈥檚 more like yuck. Something with the environment this one was stored in. It鈥檚 blistering from under the base metal. I gently cleaned and polished a few spots. I鈥檓 not seeing a layer of silver under the gold oddly.
Grrrr I had just stacked this alto on bottom left of upper pile.
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Only a PhD from Germany could decipher that code 馃お
LOL, I was in the last year in elementary school where Sueterlin was taught in parallel to "Latin" writing. My brother (one year younger) didn't have to put up with it. But I used to have probably 100 books with the Gothic/Sueterlin type face and even though I am a bit rusty now, it takes only a few hours to catch up again.
On a side note, working as a postman / mail carrier, I was one of only 3 postal employees in town who could read the mailing addresses for some of the old folks letters and often enough when their eyesight was going, they asked me to read them the letters. Very gratifying to help those old timers when nobody else could have done it. And they always tipped me, with like a quarter or so, a lot of money for them and almost worthless in the younger world.
But calligraphy has remained a hobby of mine - a dying art.
 

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For a little me more detail I got to the bottom of the pile鈥..
I don鈥檛 know if I would call it tarnish. It鈥檚 more like yuck. Something with the environment this one was stored in. It鈥檚 blistering from under the base metal. I gently cleaned and polished a few spots. I鈥檓 not seeing a layer of silver under the gold oddly.
Grrrr I had just stacked this alto on bottom left of upper pile.
If stacking is a problem, why'd you do it? :)
 

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I have a hard time saying no. They all need love馃槝
Maybe I should specialize in straight C sopranos 馃お
Piccolos take less space. It鈥檚 crazy, but I now have more flutes than tenors! :eek:

Wanna flute?
 
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Piccolos take less space. It鈥檚 crazy, but I now have more flutes than tenors! :eek:

Wanna flute?
I have a flute and recorder. Thanks for the offer 馃槉
No comment ...
I鈥榤 guessing a handful of these will fit into a vase. No moving parts !



 

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If it's gold plate, there's silver plate beneath. Gold plate won't stick to brass. Hard to tell from those photos for sure, but in a couple of them, the worn areas appear to be silver.
Yes I know the plating process. I should have looked with a magnifying loop around the strap ring. In those pits I should see something. Will look again.
 

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If it's gold plate, there's silver plate beneath. Gold plate won't stick to brass. Hard to tell from those photos for sure, but in a couple of them, the worn areas appear to be silver.
The pitted areas are dow to the brass. Without removing all the yuck it鈥檚 hard to tell any of the big flat areas being worn thin. However it was a dead giveaway on the pinky table rods & one tip of the bow guard. Very visible is flaking on the octave thumb touch. You can clearly see silver with layer of gold on top.
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For a little me more detail I got to the bottom of the pile鈥..
I don鈥檛 know if I would call it tarnish. It鈥檚 more like yuck. Something with the environment this one was stored in. It鈥檚 blistering from under the base metal. I gently cleaned and polished a few spots. I鈥檓 not seeing a layer of silver under the gold oddly.
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What did you use to clean and polish it? I have one that's developing that hazy look and Wright's Silversmiths Polish has little effect on it. I'd like to get it nice and shiny again like it was 25 years ago when I got it, but don't want to risk damaging the gold plate.
 

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What did you use to clean and polish it? I have one that's developing that hazy look and Wright's Silversmiths Polish has little effect on it. I'd like to get it nice and shiny again like it was 25 years ago when I got it, but don't want to risk damaging the gold plate.
I haven鈥檛 cleaned it yet. Although @lostcircuits mentioned to me success was had with some Flitz. Hagerty鈥檚 is approved for silver plate and gold plate. That鈥檚 what I will attempt.
Whatever you use keep it away from the pads. Leather does not like ammonia.
 
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