Re: Cymbal question
I took chemical stripper and went after the clear finish on the top hi-hat. It was badly tarnished and impossible to get back to clean, as some areas of the hi-hat had been pounded so much that the clear had worn off, leaving a badly dulled, brass finish.
The stripper takes the clear off in seconds, I hose it off, then polish the brass with a great product I use on the chrome and aluminum pieces of my bike: Luster Care. Turned the cymbal into a friggin' mirror in about 30 minutes.
Sound-wise, nothing has been altered badly—it may even sound better now that's is squeaky clean...