Prior to cleaning any cymbals, the cymbals must be inspected for cracks, nicks, burrs and to make sure the cymbal is not too warped for cleaning with the cymbal cleaning machine. Cracks, nicks and burrs can be found around the hole of the cymbal, around the edges and throughout the entire lathed portion of the cymbal. The most critical cracks, nicks or burrs will be found along the outside edge of the cymbal. You must make sure none of these problems exist as to not get the, cleaning, rinsing and drying, cloths caught on any of these to avoid injury to yourself during the cleaning process. Always remember, never attempt to clean cymbals with cracks, nicks or burrs and most importantly…”SAFETY FIRST.”
The actual inspection is to be done by first visually inspecting the entire cymbal for cracks, nicks and burrs on both sides.
Note: Small cracks throughout the cymbal may exist, especially in the lathed grooves, but may be very difficult to visually see so you must look very closely. If you miss a small crack in the lathed portion of the cymbal, you will see a small splatter type mark on the opposite side, after cleaning the first side. Make sure you make a note to inform the owner of any such damage.
After the visual inspection, you will need to physically inspect the cymbal by running your finger, or finger nail tip, around the outside edge and anywhere you think you might see a crack, nick or burr.
After the cymbal has passed the inspection process you can now proceed…
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