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  1. This is just a tribute

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drumming-4-Life View Post
    I don't think BKF is a bad option at all, if you're happy with the results. I'd be concerned with using it on brilliant finish cymbals, as it might start to dull them over years of cleaning, but it is supposed to be non-abrasive. I'm surprised it bothers the logos. The painted logos are inconsistent. I've had cymbals in the past where a logo wipes off clean, in one pass... swoop... gone. Then I've had other cymbals where the logos fight coming off, even with acetone. It just depends on how well the logo ink/paint adhered.
    For me with BKF, it's just one of those things where I don't want to take the chance of pulling off the logos. I recently cleaned up a set of used Zildjian New Beats I'd picked up on a fairly good deal ($150 for the pair) and BKF made them look virtually brand new, although I didn't scrub much at all on the logos.

    Same thing with a 1983/84 era Sabian AA Rock Ride that I have - I cleaned the cymbal up with BKF, but I leave the logos alone on that one, due to the fact that they are logos that fell out of use shortly after that cymbal was made - it was made before Sabian went to the logo showing the half-cymbal.

    I've got a set of AAX Stage cymbals in brilliant finish, and although the ghost of the logos are still there, the logos themselves are long gone. I've actually gone as far as to polish the 20" ride, although it's been a while and off of the top of my head, I'm not sure what I used. Brasso, maybe? I'm not sure.
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    hello all! My 2nd post since signing up a few days ago. I'd like to get more feedback regarding my 1st post about the Vintage 70's Chrome Wood Fiberglass 5-piece drum kit -in mint condition for it's age (50 years old) I just bought for $500.00 In your opinion was that too much I paid...or not? I am completing the kit by adding a brand new Ludwig Series 400 hardware set with 3 like new Zildjian cymbals and Zildjian hi-hats. Thank you for your feedback. Now about cymbal polish...this guy who sells cymbals galore recommended Zimm's polish (have not ever used it and some other drum set/cymbal seller told me he uses KETCHUP??? (thought that was only for french fries and burgers...scares me to think what it and coca-cola are doing to my stomach lining!) What other crazy things have you used or heard of being used? TR8drummer (If any of you care to hear one of my bongo/conga and our drummer's drum solo be my guest: go to youtube and in the search put "The Power of Source" rendition of Summertime. Now listen guys...we were only together one month when we recorded that album (prematurely in my opinion) and it has gotten very mixed reviews...but that being said let me know what you think of the percussion solos. Our drummer's name is Charlie Rush (and rush he did sometimes! LOL) RIP Neil Peart

  3. More IS More

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    Quote Originally Posted by tr8drummer View Post
    hello all! My 2nd post since signing up a few days ago. I'd like to get more feedback regarding my 1st post about the Vintage 70's Chrome Wood Fiberglass 5-piece drum kit -in mint condition for it's age (50 years old) I just bought for $500.00 In your opinion was that too much I paid...or not? I am completing the kit by adding a brand new Ludwig Series 400 hardware set with 3 like new Zildjian cymbals and Zildjian hi-hats. Thank you for your feedback. Now about cymbal polish...this guy who sells cymbals galore recommended Zimm's polish (have not ever used it and some other drum set/cymbal seller told me he uses KETCHUP??? (thought that was only for french fries and burgers...scares me to think what it and coca-cola are doing to my stomach lining!) What other crazy things have you used or heard of being used? TR8drummer (If any of you care to hear one of my bongo/conga and our drummer's drum solo be my guest: go to youtube and in the search put "The Power of Source" rendition of Summertime. Now listen guys...we were only together one month when we recorded that album (prematurely in my opinion) and it has gotten very mixed reviews...but that being said let me know what you think of the percussion solos. Our drummer's name is Charlie Rush (and rush he did sometimes! LOL) RIP Neil Peart
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    Wright's Copper Cleaner
    Turkish type cymbal alloy is 80% copper, 20% tin, with a trace of silver.
    Keep Wright's away from logos. Not that it's too strong but since the introduction of more environmentally friendly ink the logos are not what they used to be. The other plus to using Wright's is it takes very little elbow grease and it washes right off leaving behind a bright, shiny, cymbal.
    Last edited by Ron Gerber; 01-27-2020 at 10:14 AM.

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    The cheap cymbals that came with my kit didn't have any ink left and had some strange looking "copper colored" spots in various places. I did a quick cleaning with some metal polish but it didn't remove them. At first I was worried that the spots were where some of the outer coating had beat eaten through by some chemical reaction but I was tired of looking at them so I had my wife get some Bar Keepers Friend from the store. I ended up using a green scotch pad and the BKF and scrubbed it pretty good in the direction of the rings. It took some elbow grease but all of the copper looking stains, finger prints, and ugliness came out. I see that some people say that aggressively cleaning them will change the sound but I didn't really care with the ones I have and I am a bit skeptical that the sound will change, to be honest.

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