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- Apr 5, 2020
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So here’s a trick I learned from a piano tuner who had to clean brass hinges etc. To clean Brass/Bronze use “Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner” be sure and get the one with the dark blue label with “Power” on it not the pale blue or green label types. This stuff is “instant” and With minimal scrubbing removes even discolouration/ stains In a hurry and returns even lacquered cymbal finish to bright. Be sure and wash cymbals well with clear water after cleaning to insure all of the Lysol is off. This product is manufactured by a British company and in Canada. Bet shows that the company has a distributor in New Jersey. Believe me, this takes all the sress and sweat out of cleaning.I know it seems strange but I have played drums for over 20 years and never in my life had I cleaned one of my cymbals ... today was the day ... arrrghhhh!
Long story short, I bought some dream bliss hi hats as a spare to my in house drum, and the seller "did me a favor" and cleaned the cymbals. I must admit they looked neat and he did a good job.
When I got home, I put the cymbals on the stand and immediately my wife says: wowww your other cymbals are really ing compared to these; what if you cleaned them hey?
Not wanting to upset my wife who is vert supportive, and lets me have a drum at home and make noise anytime I want, I went to the music store closest to home and bought some of those cleaning fluids.
They had Paiste and Zildjian; as i'm cheap, i went to Zildjian and thought: well this crap must be all the same! Cleaning was the most horrifying thing I did in my life: a complete mess, all dirty cloths flying in all directions, the bathtub ended with black residue from the oxidation patina of the cymbals ... a horror movie!
In the end my wife thought they looked beautiful all shiny and yellow; Personally my thoughts were: I lost 2 hours of my life and the cymbals now sound different and not sure if for the better! I don't think I'll ever do this again in my life.
Do any of you usually clean cymals? Are your experiences as terrifying as mine?