The gold plating on my Denis Wick MP is flaking. Where can I get it replated? I'm assuming it should be done by someone with mouthpiece plating experience so as to avoid plating failure in the future. Would it be cheaper to just get a new one?
The gold plating on Wick pieces went through a really bad patch in the late '70's/early '80's. Is your mouthpiece from this period? The story goes that Denis was in partnership with his mouthpiece plater, who ripped him off by putting only a 1/10th of the specified gold onto his pieces - I played on pieces from this time and the plating would begin to wear after sometimes only 2 weeks. Consequently Denis had to recall all unsold stock and replate them, however the damage had been done and for a time Wick pieces had a reputation for being badly gold-plated. Things are very different now - the plating on his pieces, both silver and gold, is excellent and I, for one, have never had any problems. Denis is a great guy and justifiably very proud of his designs.......... just some background