Plated or plastic rims are necessary to protect the player from toxins present in raw brass.
Let's take a look at each option:
The grip of the plating is crucial to performance. Too slippery and endurance will suffer. Too grippy and flexibility suffers, leaving only arm pressure.
Our play testing results: Grippy to Slippery
Very Grippy: Lexan
Medium Grippy: Rhodium
Middle of the Road: Silver
Medium Slippery: Delrin
This is a very personal choice! Experiment to see which works best for you!