What cleaner to use for Bronze Drum?

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  1. dingaling

    dingaling New Member

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    I just got a HLD 590 by sonor.

    Good condition. There is a very minor amount of oxidation on the shell and the lugs and rims need to be polished.

    Anyone have a recommendation for cleaner that would be safe?

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    More pics
     

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    Holy crap! That's a beauty!!!
     
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    Considering the condition seen in the pics i´d recommend to leave it as is,
    safest cleaner would be NO cleaner...

    For the lugs and hoops are electro-plated and the thickness of the copper layer is naturally in a range of just some micrometers, you´d probably do more damage to them instead getting them more cleaned.
     
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    I wouldn’t touch the hardware. That looks really good for it’s age.

    For the shell, I was told by the owner of Duluth Brass on my cast bronze I could use scotchbright or a softer scrubbing pad (green dishwashing backside of a yellow sponge is what I used) going WITH the grain of the lathe lines (Horizontally) If you can’t see any lathe lines, might be best to leave it alone, unless you do the whole shell.

    I might be tempted to just leave that one as is, though!
     
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    So, some Windex and a microfiber towel would destroy it???
     
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    Most brass and bronze drums have a clear lacquer coating and you don’t want to ruin it. The lugs, on the other hand, shouldn’t be coated, so a good metal cleaner, like Brasso should work. I’d go with the windex and microfiber cloth on the shell.
     
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    Try the soap and warm water treatment first
     
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    tillerva Forum Guru...yeh right :p

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    Good gosh look at that thing! I don't have anything to add, but curious how heavy it is!
     
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    It's about 31 pounds.
    It's heavy heavy heavy. You need 2 hands to lift up.
     
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    JazzDrumGuy DFO Master

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    I'd do warm water and a used tshirt just to clean it and would not use anything to remove that amazing patina or hardware color!
     
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    heavy metal thunder !!! Now...how does it play??
     
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    I was using Brasso on a cymbal tonite and it said it cleans both bronze and copper......just FYI. I have a Dunnett patina bronze snare that is killer so I would not clean that one or yours.....
     
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    What a rare beauty. The last HLD-590 on Reverb was listed for 4500 and it was in way worse condition. I think yours is in great shape and the patina is gorgeous. I too would leave it alone, or maybe a very light cleaning.
     

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