... keep your horn smudge-free? Besides the obvious: constantly wipe it down and grab it in the same place every time. I find the polishing cloths that come with the instrument care kits to be completely inadequate for removing stray finger prints. You have to keep buffing and buffing and buffing, only because you smear the fingerprint around a bit before it disappears. I've recently discovered the value of using a chamois to wipe down the horn - it removes fingerprints and whatnot the first swipe or two. I also didn't relish the idea of pulling out the entire chamois (about 40cm x 40cm) to handle the horn while playing, so I cut off a strip about 15cm wide and split it in half as well. So now I have two smaller chamois' (folded into roughly 10cm x 10cm) that I can 'palm' to grasp the horn without leaving too many fingerprints. Plus, they're handy to give a quick wipe when the MD is running the clarinets through their part for the umpteenth time again. Just the other night, I made a couple of black leather wraps for the cross-tube (where I hook my thumb for the valves), and the 1-valve down tubes (where I grasp it with my other hand) to eliminate the need to carry both smaller chamois - I can either hang just one on the stand now, or keep it on my lap or something. I also used velcro to allow easy removal of the wraps (for cleaning or repair work). Looks kinda snappy too. Hopefully, it'll keep the affected lacquer in good shape over the years as well. Anybody else do anything out of the ordinary to keep your horn looking spiffy?