Well said. I feel the same about most of my cymbals. I will admit I like to keep my A Customs polished. It goes both ways, I guess. I don't mind my Meinl's looking they've been gracefully aged for decades in smoky jazz clubs, but I also like my A Customs to look like.....you know, A Customs.I live in this camp
in my mind cymbals are meant to be "pawed"
grabbed, felt , flicked, spun, ... whatever
nothing more unnatural , unattractive and awful looking to me than a perfectly lathed, shiny, cymbal with no fingerprints and stick marks
I never in my life understood why someone would clean their cymbals
if you have a good cymbal it is meant to age naturally like wine and will sound better with age and whatever the years lay upon it .
there is no better sounding cymbal than a well made one that spent years in smokey clubs
just one mans opinion
if it is not cracked, the stick stays on top, has a dark soul, has a nice wobble and wash ...i couldn't possibly care less what the finish looked like
I don't judge cymbals with my eyes..... I judge them with my ears