Lockdown made me clean my cymbals

Captain Bash

Silver Member
I was so frustrated with not being able to go out and play the other night I seriously considered cleaning my main cymbal set. Apart from the odd post gig wipe down with a towel I haven’t cleaned a single cymbal in 10 years. Then I came back to my senses and returned my metal back to their case. Has the lockdown pushed you to polish what would normally remain tarnished with gig fluff n grime....
 

yammyfan

Senior Member
I'm one of those people who can't stand grimy cymbals. Mine are polished and looking brand new.

I recently started using Barkeeper's Friend Soft Cleanser and I'm blown away by the results. I used to use Groove Juice for everything but my cymbals would tarnish fairly quickly after being cleaned. They look amazing weeks later after being cleaned with BKF. Highly recommended!
 

C.M. Jones

Well-known member
I keep my cymbals perpetually clean. If I wipe them down once a week, a soft, dry cloth is sufficient for removing stick marks, smudges, and so on. For more stubborn blemishes, I use a damp cloth and sometimes a bit of dish soap, followed by thorough rinsing and drying. Leaving metal moist is a bad idea.

I never apply cymbal cleaners. Over time, they can remove finish and logos.
 

larryace

"Uncle Larry"
I have always been in love with the look of new looking bronze. It's absolutely pornographic. Buddy Rich's cymbals always looked way too appealing to me on the Johnny Carson Show.

That said, I haven't cleaned any cymbals since the 70's, mainly from laziness. It does brighten them up sonically.
 

mikyok

Platinum Member
I'd love to clean the pies, sadly the week lockdown kicked off in England we were supposed to be having wardrobes and carpets fitted so all my gear went to my parents.

So as well as having no drums I have an upstairs that's like a building site. Talk about timing fiiting only for a drummer!
 

wildbill

Platinum Member
Cymbals that I buy new, I just clean.

Old, used, grungy ones that I buy get a good cleaning and polishing and then I just let them go.
 

Mr Farkle

Well-known member
Last week I almost stripped the logos off my Istanbul Mehmet 61st Anniversary sizzle ride. It’s an amazing sounding ride. I once brought it to a drum shop to find a good left side match for it and three different drummers commented on how good it sounded including a guy who was sponsored by Istanbul before the split. I knew that removing the logos would very likely change the sound, but the heart wants what it wants and I wanted that ride without ink on it. It took every ounce of my willpower to not do it. This week I couldn’t care less about them. Craziest thing.
 

AzHeat

Platinum Member
Mine are a brilliant finish, so keeping them clean and shiny goes with the territory. I don’t mind regular pies with patina on them one bit, but brilliant cymbals look like dog crap. Kinda like trying to pick something out of your teeth, when someone before you coughed up a giant loogy on the mirror!
 

Smoke

Silver Member
I dust my cymbals once or twice a month with a terry cloth rag, and once a year or so, gently scrub/brush them with dish soap and water. Don't have anything against mild abrasives or polish, but I keep thinking that cleaners would leave residue in the lathe grooves that would a pain to clean, so I just don't use them. Brass/bronze wants to oxidize, so I don't fight it too hard.

I've got enough old bed sheets laying around the house that I *should* cover the cymbals up when not in use - might wave a little dusting.
 

bigbang

Pioneer Member
I've got enough old bed sheets laying around the house that I *should* cover the cymbals up when not in use - might wave a little dusting.
I used to cover my kit with a big black sheet back in the day when there was smoking allowed in bars and clubs.
Never really cleaned a cymbal though.
 

Armor of Light

Senior Member
Just dusting..due to the handy black finish on my Meinls. I can grab them and not mark them. I ain't touching my 2002 Ride though. I will clean it gently next year maybe.
 

MrInsanePolack

Platinum Member
I might dust them off once every so often. I dont gig anymore, so they aren't privy to all the nastiness they might pick up otherwise. I figure once I hit them, the dust comes off.
 

Winston_Wolf

Platinum Member
I did my lockdown cleaning last week. I usually clean mine periodically (once or twice a year) when they start looking dull. I either use Groove Juice or Sabian cymbal cleaner, but I've added cymbal protectant to my cleaning regime so they stay cleaner looking longer.
 

Yamaha Rider

Well-known member
Mine are a brilliant finish, so keeping them clean and shiny goes with the territory. I don’t mind regular pies with patina on them one bit, but brilliant cymbals look like dog crap. Kinda like trying to pick something out of your teeth, when someone before you coughed up a giant loogy on the mirror!
Eeurgh. 'Sunglasses with a fingerprint on the lens' would have made your point. 😉
 

Darth Vater

Senior Member
Mine are a brilliant finish, so keeping them clean and shiny goes with the territory. I don’t mind regular pies with patina on them one bit, but brilliant cymbals look like dog crap. Kinda like trying to pick something out of your teeth, when someone before you coughed up a giant loogy on the mirror!
What do you use on them? I have the hhx evos which are brilliant. Haven't cleaned them since I got 'em. lol Thinking about it though.
 
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