I have been told by a few including the Contrabass Shop in the UK that my Gilkes needed English Style gears. Tell me if you think it looks English enough now or, needs to !! Well, Here's what I did: The old Plates were taken off and the wood of Scroll under the Plates extensively cleaned. I put these new Krutz Gears on the Bass but it looked kind of 'naked' without the Plates. First we cleaned and re-shaped the Plates to fit a little better. After that we buffed, polished & sprayed 3 coats of Brass Lacquer on them. Then, I re-installed the old Plates & new Gears to give the 'well aged' Gilkes a 'Face Lift'. The original Engraving on the Plates as well as all the original scratches are still visible under the Lacquer which helps adds to the Patina. http://www.kensmithbasses.com/DoubleBasses/GilkesBass/GilkesBass.htm I don't know how to post photos from my website. Please feel free Mods or anyone else to post the photos or before and after if you like. The new gears are half way down the weblink page.