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Banjo decisions: Polish my banjo's nickel plating or leave it alone?

Posted by Banjo Mountain on Tuesday, September 15, 2009

I have debated on whether I should or shouldn't polish my banjo's nickel plating as long as I 've had it. I use to keep it spotless the first year or two that I had it. A few years ago, I decided to let it "age" and I stopped polishing it. My Gold Tone OB-250 developed a nice patina but now it's become almost dirty looking. I don't mind the nickel turning a faded gray color, but when little green corosion dots begin to appear at random places in the pot assembly I get other ideas. Sometime soon, I'm gonna have to change my strings and then I'll decide if I want to clean the nickel on my banjo.

Not much has been happening lately besides a busy beginning to my 3rd year at UGA. It's amazing how I went from a summer where I was flexible to fall semester where I'm busy as all get out.

3 comments on “Banjo decisions: Polish my banjo's nickel plating or leave it alone?”

PruchaLegend Says:
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @6:47:18 PM

Seems like cleaning off the green dots would be a good idea. Otherwise, the patina makes your banjo look loved!
Have a good year at school.Make sure you get in some picking every day. :-)

stanger Says:
Thursday, September 17, 2009 @4:02:46 PM

I'm on the other side- I think 'patina' is just the first step to corrosion, so I keep all my metal parts shiny on my banjos. It's a lot easier and cheaper to clean all the tin once in a while than replacing the parts, and I like to keep everything clean for the same reason. To me, that's a banjo that has been well loved, not neglected.

Banjo Mountain Says:
Thursday, September 17, 2009 @8:32:05 PM

Thanks for the comments, PruchaLegend and Stanger. I like my banjo not to look like it just came off the shelf in a music store(I like aging on banjos) but at the same time I don't want the nickel to look digusting. I would not replace any hardware unless it is physically damaged or if I want to upgrade.

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