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Silver & Gold Plating of a Flute Head Joint for the Musical Instrument Industry

2 Tone Flute Head Joint
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2 Tone Flute Head Joint

A customer in the musical industry approached G. Tanury Plating Co. in need of silver and gold plating of a 2-tone flute head joint. The part would require 2 separate masking procedures as well as 2 separate plating operations. To maintain the precise fit we applied 1.5 inch mask to the end of the part prior to racking the parts for silver plating. Using a custom mask developed at G. Tanury Plating, we sealed the entire tube leaving only the lip plated exposed for rack gold plating. Throughout the procedure we used 17 different, highly skilled processes and pieces of equipment.

The product measured 8.5" long and had an outside diameter of .75". The silver plating we applied measured 300µ" and the gold plating measured 100µ". Upon completion of the plating and cleaning, we used x-ray fluorescence to determine the final thickness. Once the products were completed and quality was ensured, we shipped the flute heads to the client in the Midwest, who was extremely satisfied with the results.

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Silver & Gold Plating Project Highlights

Product Name2 Tone Flute Head Joint
Product DescriptionThis flute head is used within a flute assembly.
Capabilities Applied/ProcessesPrimary:
Rack Silver Plating
Rack Gold Plating

Sonic Cleaning
Acid Dip
Post Polishing
Equipment Used to Plate PartCustom mask
Soak cleaner
Ultrasonic cleaners
Electro cleaner
Silver Plating tank w/rectifier, filter, timer, ampere-hour meter, temp. controller
Deionized final rinse
Conveyor drying oven
Acid activate
Gold plating tank w/ rectifier, filter, timer, ampere-hour meter, temp. controller
Deionized final rinse
Conveyor drying oven
Remove mask
Overall Part DimensionsOverall Length: 8.5 in
Diameter: Ø.75 in
Tightest TolerancesPlating Thickness:
Silver: 300µ in
Gold: 100µ in
Specs are for minimum deposit
Material UsedSilver
In process testing/Inspection performedX-ray fluorescence for thickness determination
Industry for UseMusical Instrument
Delivery LocationMidwest
Standards MetCustomer supplied specifications
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