My SSP set is gold-plated (no keys) and looks as good as new 15 years on now. My NSP (only a few years old) is silver-plated and also looks as good as new. But the gold really stands out, so if you can afford the extra cost, it's really worthwhile!
--Rick On Jan 14, 2011, at 5:29 PM, Julia Say wrote: > On 14 Jan 2011, Colin wrote: > >> Gold fittings won't tarnish (well, people have gold flutes so why not). > > There are gold-plated sets. The cost, in the current metals market, involves > the > phrase "arm and a leg" when compared to silver plate though. Gold plate is > also > applied much thinner than silver plate (to keep the cost down, presumably). > So it > might wear through on much used keys for example. > > It's probably cheaper than a solid silver set right now even so. > > Julia > > > > To get on or off this list see list information at > http://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~wbc/lute-admin/index.html