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    Default Cloth for cleaning black nickel horns

    What brands or type of microfiber cloth should I be using on black nickel finish horns?
    I'm assuming it has a clear coat of lacquer on top of it.

    Most cleaning cloths I've seen are either for lacquered or silver horns.
    Selmer Mark VI Alto. Beechler Bellite #7. Fibracell Premier #2.5
    Selmer Mark VI Soprano. Selmer S80 'H'. Alexander NY #3
    Selmer Mark VI Tenor. Guardala Handmade King R&B. Alexander NY #2.

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    Default Re: Cloth for cleaning black nickel horns

    I wouldn't use microfiber. They are much too abrasive for my tastes. Use soft terry cloth instead.
    So far, this is the oldest I've been.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carl H. View Post
    I wouldn't use microfiber. They are much too abrasive for my tastes. Use soft terry cloth instead.
    Hi Carl
    What can I get that ? Are they made specially for musical instruments?
    Selmer Mark VI Alto. Beechler Bellite #7. Fibracell Premier #2.5
    Selmer Mark VI Soprano. Selmer S80 'H'. Alexander NY #3
    Selmer Mark VI Tenor. Guardala Handmade King R&B. Alexander NY #2.

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    Default Re: Cloth for cleaning black nickel horns

    Use an old cotton T Shirt (a clean one) and spray a small amount of Pledge onto it. It's not rocket science. A microfibre cloth is not going to damage your lacquer unless you're obsessively buffing the hell out of it. It helps to remember also, that it's a saxophone not a concourse spec, vintage Rolls Royce.
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    Default Re: Cloth for cleaning black nickel horns

    Cotton (not poly-cotton). And my favourite (but certainly not cheapest) form of cotton is a Selvyt cloth, the industry standard - http://www.selvyt.co.uk/.

    I think the one I use is http://www.selvyt.co.uk/polishing-cloths/selvyt-pr/
    or http://www.selvyt.co.uk/polishing-cl...r-heavyweight/

    Perhaps one of their treated ones would be good too.

    And for any sort of lacquered surface, (Lemon) Pledge seems pretty good.
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    Default Re: Cloth for cleaning black nickel horns

    Are you sure it has a coat of lacquer?

    Plated finished aren't generally lacquered, and if they are it's usually silver plate that's treated in this way to help prevent it tarnishing.
    Black nickel is one of the toughest finishes you'll see on a horn and doesn't tend to tarnish.

    If a cloth is specified for use on a lacquered or a silver plated finish, it's certainly not going to do any harm to the much tougher nickel finish.

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    Default Re: Cloth for cleaning black nickel horns

    Shinex do a really nice glass cleaning cloth that does a great job of cleaning off fingerprints

    I steal my wife's once and a while if i want to damp clean my black nickel horn For everyday use I use a microfiber cloth that I bought at Costco
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