I purchased a Smith Watkins cornet around 4 years ago, and it plays wonderful. The only snag is that the lacquer is starting to show signs of wear! It was the same price as the silver plate, which I understand is more hard wearing, its just I fancied a "gold" one for a change! What I am wondering now is whether to have my instrument re finished, and whether it is possible to have it plated in silver! Has anyone had their instrument undergoe such a technique and did it spoil the sound / quality of their instrument! Any thought's?