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Starting from middle price level, the mechanics of a bassoon is silver-plated. Two issues I know for sure: for a general maintainance (for non-professional use required maybe all 8 years) all metal is removed from the instrument to receive a new silver-plating to judge from the amount of darkening which can be removed with a silver-polishing cloth I would ...


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Could you use clear nail varnish so your skin doesn't touch metal? This is common practice for brass players who would otherwise have an adverse reaction to their mouthpiece. I also did a web search for bassoons and some of the non-student models do feature silver-plated keys. Looks like only the cheaper (no such thing as a cheap bassoon!) models feature ...


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