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Should violinist get his silver strings white gold plated



(-----) 2004

My name is Jon Hazen and I'm a violinist. My preference in strings is that I like a particular type of string that has a silver outer shell wound over the aore of the string. Even when I perform (and sweat heavily - which is what happens during a performance)my fingers get very discolored becasue of the silver tarnishing. I also have a couple of silver chains that tarnish very quickly as well. Question: would "white gold" plating over silver be a possible answer to prevent such tarnishing?

Jonathan Hazen
violinist / musician - New York, New York, USA
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2004

I think what you're looking for is actually rhodium plating rather than white gold plating, but plating an already wound string might destroy it as the reagents reached the non-metallic core. Rhodium flashing the jewelry, however, should be no problem.

Ted Mooney, finishing.com
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Striving to live Aloha
finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey
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