Hello all. Not to suck up bandwidth here, but in relation to another thread I started about our gear, I would like to relate something that came out of a conversation that I just had with a fellow at Anderson Plating. After seeing the fantastic pics of Chuck Willard's (SchilkeB6) satin gold Lawler, and looking up Marc Melton's (DrunkIQ here and on TH) satin gold tuning bell Schilke X3, I wanted to call and ask them about gold plating my Schilke. When I asked about the satin (bead blasted) finish, he audibly cringed and said that he didn't recommend it. He thought that the bead blasting would be detrimental to the horn itself, and that the finish wasn't the best of finishes for an instrument. He was also somewhat perplexed that the satin finish has become such a popular finish these days. His reasoning was that the satin finish is a porous finish, and that there is no good way of getting things that get worked into the finish out of it without burnishing and ruining the satin effect. I still think that it is the best looking finish out there. Has anyone had any problems with their satin or scratch gold finishes? On the flip side, if I was to go with a bright gold plating, if I ever have a problem with the finish wearing, I could get it touched up by a friend of mine who has plating equipment and could spot plate it if need be. Something else that came out of the conversation was the answer to a question that I had about whether or not Anderson will do plating for a private citizen. They do. However, their turnaround time is 6-8 weeks although he did say that if I had the horn prepped and was sent to them in "ready to plate" condition as a commission, their turn around time is considerably faster at 2-3 weeks. I thought that this was all good information that was worth passing along.