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Music Nomad Cymbal Cleaner - Acid-Free Cleaner, Polisher, Protectant for Brilliant Finishes

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Acid-free, pro-strength formula with protective layer that reduces oxidation.

The stage lights come on and the glare of your cymbals mesmerizes the crowd. How smart you are for using Music Nomad's cymbal cleaner before the show. The acid-free, proprietary formulation is like no other product on the market for cleaning, polishing and protecting your cast and sheet bronze cymbals. MusicNomad's Cynbal Cleaners combines state-of-the-art cleaners with cutting-edge formulation, resulting in unmatched performance and protection. It is fast in cutting through layers of dulling oxides and restoring a brilliant eye glaring polished shine. It even leaves behind an invisible protective layer that reduces oxidation. This should not be used on traditional finishes unless you want them shiny. This product contains NO harsh caustic chemicals.

FEATURES
  • Clean and polishes
  • Acid free
  • Pro-strength formula
  • Restore shine
  • No harsh caustic chemicals
  • Micro-fine polishing powder
  • Proprietary formulation
  • Leave protective layer that reduces oxidation
  • Smells great
  • 100% PET bottle
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Music NomadCymbal Cleaner - Acid-Free Cleaner, Polisher, Protectant for Brilliant Finishes
 
4.5

(based on 22 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (13)
  • Easy to use (12)
  • Functional (12)
  • Improves sound (5)

Cons

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

I took a chance and WOW

I took a chance after watching the products vid on youtube. I am so happy with this cymbals cleaner because it cleans AND polish them in one application. It does require a little bit...Read complete review

I took a chance after watching the products vid on youtube. I am so happy with this cymbals cleaner because it cleans AND polish them in one application. It does require a little bit of elbow grease but I literary cleaned my hi hats in under 4 mins. Ive tried everything on my sabian and zildjians from their own company products, to cymbla swipes , groove juice and so on. What I like about this is that it works very well on brilliant and natural cymbals.
It

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Didn't work as well as I had hoped...

...but to be fair, most of what i was trying to clean were insanely oxidized, extrememly dirty cymbals, some of which had not been cleaned in A DECADE. So yeah, there's...Read complete review

...but to be fair, most of what i was trying to clean were insanely oxidized, extrememly dirty cymbals, some of which had not been cleaned in A DECADE. So yeah, there's that. You may want to clean your cymbals more than once every ten years, which would be a smart thing to do. Not the case here, however. Got a mixed bag of results.

It performed well on a 20" Zildjian A Custom Ping Ride and 18" Sabian AAX Chinese (one of the decade cymbals), both of which had green sweat marks left uncleaned on 'em for many, many years. Brought trememndous shine back to both of them, but the oxidization marks went from green to a still noticeable (but thankfully less gross) black. Lots of shine and a fair amount of clean.

Performed extremely well on a very rarely used, one year old 18" Wuhan Crash Ride. This cymbal was barely dirty at all, realistically.

Performed rather poorly on a pair of very dirty (the top hat was pretty brutal looking, man, I gotta say) 14" A. Zildjian Rock Hats that also hadn't been cleaned since 2004, ten years ago. The bottom hat, somehow, was in alright shape to begin with, and after cleaning it, looked way worse than it had before I applied the cleaner. Lots of smudging that won't come off on these hats, unlike most of my other cymbals.

Also performed not-very-impressivly on a 18" K Zildjian multi-use cymbal (which I use as a crash) that was 100% UNUSED when given to me in 2010 by a friend who, for whatever reason, had it but didn't play drums (probably not new though, per se). I'm saying with near certainty it was probably never cleaned before today. Again, the result may have looked worse than before I applied the product to it.

I know it's probably my own fault (edit: it sure is, dummy) for, you know, not cleaning these cymbals in what seems like forever, so yeah, I know. I wouldn't recommend using cloth towels to buff the cymbals with, unless you own one hundred towels that you will probably never be able to use again. Paper towels worked fine for me, as long as you change the area of said paper towel frequently enough so you arent smearing the black crud you just cleaned off back all over your cymbals. The cleaner honestly only affected the logos on my Zildjian Rock Hi Hats, weirdly none of the others. It didn't erase them completely but removed them a good bit, and this you should probably know about. I will get the Nomad cymbal cleaner again to reclean my cymbals in another 6-7 months or so, & I imagine I'll have better results. Maybe I won't, who knows?

Bottom line - kind of a mixed bag, as I said before. The ride and china are looking pretty great and shiny now, as does my crash ride. But the first two aren't necessarily "cleaner" just about a thousand percent brighter. That doesn't sound like it makes much sense, but that's what I'm typing. The hi hats and K crash didn't come out so well. The top hi hat cymbal, the china and the ride were probably the three dirtiest of what I had cleaned. The bottom hat was in excellent shape for the length of time it had remained COMPLETELY OVERLOOKED / NEGLECTED and it now looks worse than they did an hour ago. Smudginess abounds.

Do yourself a favor kids, POLISH YOUR STUFF SOONER THAN I DID!

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I took a chance and WOW

By Man-E241

from California

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Comments about Music Nomad Cymbal Cleaner - Acid-Free Cleaner, Polisher, Protectant for Brilliant Finishes:

I took a chance after watching the products vid on youtube. I am so happy with this cymbals cleaner because it cleans AND polish them in one application. It does require a little bit of elbow grease but I literary cleaned my hi hats in under 4 mins. Ive tried everything on my sabian and zildjians from their own company products, to cymbla swipes , groove juice and so on. What I like about this is that it works very well on brilliant and natural cymbals.
It

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Didn't work as well as I had hoped...

By XsoldoutX

from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Music Nomad Cymbal Cleaner - Acid-Free Cleaner, Polisher, Protectant for Brilliant Finishes:

      ...but to be fair, most of what i was trying to clean were insanely oxidized, extrememly dirty cymbals, some of which had not been cleaned in A DECADE. So yeah, there's that. You may want to clean your cymbals more than once every ten years, which would be a smart thing to do. Not the case here, however. Got a mixed bag of results.

      It performed well on a 20" Zildjian A Custom Ping Ride and 18" Sabian AAX Chinese (one of the decade cymbals), both of which had green sweat marks left uncleaned on 'em for many, many years. Brought trememndous shine back to both of them, but the oxidization marks went from green to a still noticeable (but thankfully less gross) black. Lots of shine and a fair amount of clean.

      Performed extremely well on a very rarely used, one year old 18" Wuhan Crash Ride. This cymbal was barely dirty at all, realistically.

      Performed rather poorly on a pair of very dirty (the top hat was pretty brutal looking, man, I gotta say) 14" A. Zildjian Rock Hats that also hadn't been cleaned since 2004, ten years ago. The bottom hat, somehow, was in alright shape to begin with, and after cleaning it, looked way worse than it had before I applied the cleaner. Lots of smudging that won't come off on these hats, unlike most of my other cymbals.

      Also performed not-very-impressivly on a 18" K Zildjian multi-use cymbal (which I use as a crash) that was 100% UNUSED when given to me in 2010 by a friend who, for whatever reason, had it but didn't play drums (probably not new though, per se). I'm saying with near certainty it was probably never cleaned before today. Again, the result may have looked worse than before I applied the product to it.

      I know it's probably my own fault (edit: it sure is, dummy) for, you know, not cleaning these cymbals in what seems like forever, so yeah, I know. I wouldn't recommend using cloth towels to buff the cymbals with, unless you own one hundred towels that you will probably never be able to use again. Paper towels worked fine for me, as long as you change the area of said paper towel frequently enough so you arent smearing the black crud you just cleaned off back all over your cymbals. The cleaner honestly only affected the logos on my Zildjian Rock Hi Hats, weirdly none of the others. It didn't erase them completely but removed them a good bit, and this you should probably know about. I will get the Nomad cymbal cleaner again to reclean my cymbals in another 6-7 months or so, & I imagine I'll have better results. Maybe I won't, who knows?

      Bottom line - kind of a mixed bag, as I said before. The ride and china are looking pretty great and shiny now, as does my crash ride. But the first two aren't necessarily "cleaner" just about a thousand percent brighter. That doesn't sound like it makes much sense, but that's what I'm typing. The hi hats and K crash didn't come out so well. The top hi hat cymbal, the china and the ride were probably the three dirtiest of what I had cleaned. The bottom hat was in excellent shape for the length of time it had remained COMPLETELY OVERLOOKED / NEGLECTED and it now looks worse than they did an hour ago. Smudginess abounds.

      Do yourself a favor kids, POLISH YOUR STUFF SOONER THAN I DID!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This stuff is really good!

      By mike d

      from Salt Lake City, UT

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

        Comments about Music Nomad Cymbal Cleaner - Acid-Free Cleaner, Polisher, Protectant for Brilliant Finishes:

        I have used other cymbal cleaners before, but this is my favorite so far. Easy on and off, just make sure you have plenty of clean rags to do the polish job.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        good stuff

        By Pitt

        from kansass

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        Comments about Music Nomad Cymbal Cleaner - Acid-Free Cleaner, Polisher, Protectant for Brilliant Finishes:

        works great. faded the emblems on my sabian cymbals but those arent important to me.

         
        4.0

        best cymbal cleaner I have used

        By Geo

        from Long Island NY

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        Pros

        • Functional
        • Good Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Cleaning

          Comments about Music Nomad Cymbal Cleaner - Acid-Free Cleaner, Polisher, Protectant for Brilliant Finishes:

          Little bit of hard work but gets cymbals very clean.. Use on both my Sabian and Zildjian cymbals.

           
          5.0

          Messy, but works great!

          By Bob

          from Las Vegas

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          Pros

          • Functional

          Cons

          • Messy

          Best Uses

            Comments about Music Nomad Cymbal Cleaner - Acid-Free Cleaner, Polisher, Protectant for Brilliant Finishes:

            This is my first attempt at a cymbal cleaning agent and I'll just say that after reading all these reviews, I'll probably stick with this product.

            That being said, I cleaned my Sabian AAXs, HHXs and AA's with this product. These cymbals had not been cleaned in over 3 years. I also cleaned a couple very dirty second hand cymbals. All with the same result.

            This product is SUPER MESSY. Someone else on here wrote this same thing and is spot on. The first cymbal I cleaned, I actually cleaned 3 times in an attempt to (what I thought) get all the oxidation off. You see, every time I cleaned the same cymbal and even all the rest of them, the cymbal cleaner becomes completely black as you're rubbing it in. Rags will need washed in the laundry by themselves for sure. Of course, this also turns your hands completely black. Fortunately my hands came clean with normal soap and water, but WOW!! What a mess! And WOW!!!! WHAT A SHINE!!

            If you like your logos, simply clean around them. As long as you do not apply the cleaner directly to your logo, cleaning them off and going over the logo as you polish will not remove any of the logo.

            Peace...

             
            5.0

            Awesome!!!!

            By Freight Train

            from Wilmington NC

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Comments about Music Nomad Cymbal Cleaner - Acid-Free Cleaner, Polisher, Protectant for Brilliant Finishes:

            I tell the truth over the years i have used many different cymbal cleaner, however to me the Nomad Cymbal cleaner, is the absolute best!! The product didn't have a strong chemical odor. The polish seemed to instantly work, and you didn't have to put alot of elbow grease buffing the cymbals.

             
            5.0

            Effective polish without the mess

            By La

            from Charlotte NC

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Music Nomad Cymbal Cleaner - Acid-Free Cleaner, Polisher, Protectant for Brilliant Finishes:

                This cleaner is easy to apply, is surprisingly effective without removing the logos and you don't have to rinse it off like other polishes. Of course, depending how tarnished the cymbal is will determine how many times you need to apply and buff it. I used it on a 2nd hand cymbal with green rust (!) and was able to polish it to a brilliant shine. I think I used about 1/4th of the bottle.

                 
                4.0

                Works, takes elbow grease, and not best on older cymbals.

                By Studio drummer

                from Nj

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                Pros

                • Good Quality

                Cons

                • Difficult To Use

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Music Nomad Cymbal Cleaner - Acid-Free Cleaner, Polisher, Protectant for Brilliant Finishes:

                  I want to be fair. My cymbals are old vintage ones. So my results weren't amazing, but i think I can only expect limited results from any product.

                  The part I found difficult was the amount of work it took to get the product on and off. It isn't easy. Additionally, be careful. I bleached out a shirt and pants that got a little cleaner on it. Make sure to wear gloves too.

                  I recommend the product, but maybe look for other cleaning methods for vintage cymbals.

                   
                  5.0

                  CLEAN and SHINNY

                  By IRONDOG G

                  from Staten Island,.NY

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Concerts
                    • for added protection and a professional gloss

                    Comments about Music Nomad Cymbal Cleaner - Acid-Free Cleaner, Polisher, Protectant for Brilliant Finishes:

                    Excellent product.... but you have to be very careful when cleaning the name of your cymbal. It "may" make the name a little lighter than it was. However, It cleans and give a GREAT shine to your cymbal(s)

                     
                    3.0

                    Hard Work, But Works

                    By Mike

                    from Madisonville KY

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                    Pros

                    • Functional
                    • Good Quality
                    • Improves Sound

                    Cons

                    • Difficult To Use

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Music Nomad Cymbal Cleaner - Acid-Free Cleaner, Polisher, Protectant for Brilliant Finishes:

                      I've applied easier to use spray on cleaners for cymbals that aren't very dirty. However, the cleaner choices for cymbals with heavy patina all seem to require several applications and a lot of elbow grease. This product is no different, but hard work will deliver the desired results.

                       
                      5.0

                      Would buy again

                      By Mickey

                      from Chester, Va

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                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Functional
                      • Good Quality

                      Cons

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                          Comments about Music Nomad Cymbal Cleaner - Acid-Free Cleaner, Polisher, Protectant for Brilliant Finishes:

                          Cleaned quickly

                           
                          5.0

                          easy to use

                          By Drummer62

                          from Shippensburg, PA

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Functional
                          • Good Quality
                          • Improves Sound

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home, Garage band
                            • Practicing

                            Comments about Music Nomad Cymbal Cleaner - Acid-Free Cleaner, Polisher, Protectant for Brilliant Finishes:

                            Use alot works well great shine.

                            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Works well, but take a tip from me...

                            By DoubleDogRecording

                            from Texas

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                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Functional

                            Cons

                            • A lot of clean up needed
                            • You need lots of old towels or rags

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Music Nomad Cymbal Cleaner - Acid-Free Cleaner, Polisher, Protectant for Brilliant Finishes:

                              I tried this with a set of Zildjian A Customs and also a set of K Brilliant hats. The first A Custom's I tried had not been cleaned in 5-7 years. It took a bit of work but they came pretty clean. The newest of the bunch (less than a year old) cleaned up really nice and looked like new - so I suppose the lesson here is clean them more often. The K brilliant's look great too.

                              The instructions on the bottle say to apply it, rub it, and then remove it immediately. When you do this, you get a smeary black mess all over everything. I used a microfiber cloth for the initial cleaning part. Once that dried slightly, then I took a towel to wipe off that initial mess. Next I took a 3rd set of towels to wipe off the smeary black film. Finally I took a clean microfiber cloth to do the final polish. They came out pretty good, but you will go through a TON of towels this way. If you use the same towels, you start wiping the same gunk on the clean cymbals. And make sure you use old towels/rags because they are completely black too. I might try using paper towels next time for the initial wipe-off but that's going to waste a LOT of paper towel too.

                              I would also recommend recommend wearing old clothing and gloves (work gloves or rubber gloves) because my hands were a mess and my clothes were a mess. I had to use mechanic's hand degreaser (the orange/pumice kind) to get it off and even that took a lot of work. Now my hands just smell funny (ok they stink) from the cymbal cleaner.

                               
                              5.0

                              Works as stated

                              By Rodney

                              from Missouri

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                              • Easy To Use
                              • Functional
                              • Good Quality
                              • Improves Sound

                              Cons

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                                  Comments about Music Nomad Cymbal Cleaner - Acid-Free Cleaner, Polisher, Protectant for Brilliant Finishes:

                                  Been using Nomad cleaner & polish for quite some time. Fast and easy to use. Does a great job with little effort.

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Best I've Used!

                                  By Drum Nerd

                                  from Tehachapi, CA

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                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Functional
                                  • Good Quality

                                  Cons

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                                      Comments about Music Nomad Cymbal Cleaner - Acid-Free Cleaner, Polisher, Protectant for Brilliant Finishes:

                                      I have a set of Zildjian A Custom Projection Series. This product works better than anything Zildjian itself has produced. Great value!

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Best cymbal cleaner.

                                      By Docondrums

                                      from Ohio

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                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Functional
                                      • Good Quality

                                      Cons

                                      • Discolors Some Cymbals

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Keeping Cymbals Brilliant

                                      Comments about Music Nomad Cymbal Cleaner - Acid-Free Cleaner, Polisher, Protectant for Brilliant Finishes:

                                      This is the perfect cleaner for Paiste brilliant finish cymbals. I used it on my Alpha's and they looked better than they did new. The cleaner also did not affect the Paiste logos. This is the best cleaner I have ever used to remove fingerprints and stick tracks.
                                      I also used this cleaner on my Sabian AA rock ride and XS20 splashes. On these it left a beautiful shine, but it left the color somewhat inconsistent, but it isn't obvious from a distance, only up close. The Sabian logos did fade a bit.
                                      I use all brilliant finish cymbals, and have for a long time, and this cleaner gives them a luster like no other cleaner I have used. Don't leave the cleaner on long, rub it out rather quickly for best results. On larger cymbals only do about 1/4 of it at a time. The instructions say to use circular motions to buff it, but I got better results following the lathing.

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Best cymbal cleaner on the market.

                                      By Douglas Dash

                                      from Chesterton, In

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                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Functional
                                      • Good Quality

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                                          Comments about Music Nomad Cymbal Cleaner - Acid-Free Cleaner, Polisher, Protectant for Brilliant Finishes:

                                          This cleaner will remove logos but gives them the best shine you could ask for. It is easy to use but it takes some time. It turned a set of awful 1980 Paiste 2002 hi hats to showroom brilliant again. It does make all cymbals a brilliant finish when done.

                                          (0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          1.0

                                          WHAT IS THIS STUFF?

                                          By drummerman

                                          from central new jersey

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                                          Comments about Music Nomad Cymbal Cleaner - Acid-Free Cleaner, Polisher, Protectant for Brilliant Finishes:

                                          this stuff smells and didnt work for me. it took the print off my sabian cymbal.didnt clean them at all. it actually made them look like they were worse. almost like the way a cymbal looks from the 60-s. if you want a vintage look i guess this is the cleaner you want. what a dissapointment!!!!!!

                                          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          5.0

                                          look no further

                                          By Rodney

                                          from Missouri

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                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Good Quality
                                          • Improves Sound

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                                              Comments about Music Nomad Cymbal Cleaner - Acid-Free Cleaner, Polisher, Protectant for Brilliant Finishes:

                                              Treat your cymbals to what they deserve, and save your sense of smell. I get five cleanings from a bottle of this cleaner & polish as to where i only got one cleaning from Sabian cymbal cleaner(all my cymbals are Sabian,i use 10 cymbals with my kit) saves a ton of time and cash. Makes cleaning your cymbals a pleasure........

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