Re: Elkhart Indiana
Sounds like an early Martin. You might be surprised how well the silver plate would clean up with some Tarn-X and silver polish. You might tell the technition that after they remove the keys to install the new pads, you would like to pick up the bady, take it home and clean and polish it, so you can do so without the keys being in the way.
Send me some pictures and I'll be glad to take a look. It sounds like a very early Martin, and they can be quite valuable to a collector.