Here are a few pics of my gold plated Barone Classic tenor. If you look closely you can see the wear on the low C & Eb keys as well as the octave key. The rest of the finish still looks nearly perfect after 9 years. Horn has been getting played about 8-10 hours a week since March 2008. Likewise, I've played 25 -35 gigs a year on it since 2008 as well.