While playing around with my Etherwave tonight, I noticed the chrome front of one of the knobs appeared to be scratched. Wondering how that might have happened (and which kid to ask first), I ran my finger across it and discovered the scratch was actually in a thin protective plastic film covering the chrome. I peeled it off and checked the other knobs. Each still had the protective film! This is my oldest Etherwave from 1997, so the plastic had definitely greyed over the years. With the plastic gone, the knobs shone like new and the instrument looks like it has a new life!
So now I'm curious... do all the EW knobs come with plastic film on them? Have you taken it off?