Silverplating on Smith-Watkins/Kanstul

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by Bob Stevenson, Feb 11, 2005.

  1. Bob Stevenson

    Bob Stevenson Member

    Just a query,...

    The siverplating is starting to go on my Smith-Watkin cornet although it is only about 3 years old and has had relatively light use. The plating is 'blistering' on the valve casings where the left hand holds the instrument so it looks like the plating was not thick/adequate to prevent the ingress of perspiration. However, my 25+ years old Sov. still has good plating despite heavy use and my other instruments are OK including laquered trumpet.

    I have been wondering if anyone else has had this problem with Smith-Watkin or Kanstul which is virtually identical instrument from same factory (mod. ZKC 1531)
  2. brasscrest

    brasscrest Active Member

    I think that you'll find that the plating on most instruments made today is not as thick as that on one 25 years old.

    Could also be that the specific alloy used by this manufacturer has some component that reacts differently with your perspiration/skin oils than the older instrument.